Danbury Trick or Treaters Beware: Is It Cannabis or Is It Candy?
Both the New York and Connecticut Attorney's General are warning parents to carefully keep their eyes open for edible cannabis that's being packaged to look like children's candy, according to usatoday.com.
One cannabis edible is called 'Stoney Patch' and is packaged to resemble a Sour Patch Kids pack. Other THC edibles may look like Oreos, Cheeto Puffs, and Doritos, and they can be very dangerous due to their high concentrations of THC. In a recent press release, Connecticut's Attorney General, William Tong, stated:
“These look-alike cannabis products are unregulated, unsafe, and illegal,”
He said that accidental cannabis overdoses by children are rising across the country, and this type of packaging will only worsen the situation. New York's Attorney General, Letitia James, Ohio's AG, Dave Yost, and Arkansas
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has also issued similar news releases.
The CDC has issued a statement saying that "These look-alike cannabis products are unregulated, unsafe, and illegal." Additionally, AG Rutledge stated on the website arkansasag.gov that when a child consumes these THC edibles, they can have 120 times the potency of the entire legal adult serving.
The CDC recommends that parents talk to their children about the dangers look-alike products pose before they walk out the door to trick or treat. Symptoms of THC overdose are respiratory distress, loss of coordination, sluggishness, and fainting.
If your child exhibits any of these symptoms or you suspect your child has eaten food with high amounts of THC, immediately call the Connecticut Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. It could be a matter of life or death.