UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Worries about marijuana-infused candy landing in kids’ trick-or-treat bags came closer to reality here as police seized several boxes of it earlier this week.
Unlike Colorado and Washington, which legalized the sale of recreational pot earlier this year, selling marijuana in Maryland is not legal. The state did decriminalize the possession of less than 10 grams of pot as of Oct. 1, taking away the criminal penalties and jail time and instead imposing civil fines.
“This is the first time we’ve seen this product in Prince George’s County,” said Capt. Chuck Hamby, assistant commander of the Maryland county police department’s Narcotic Enforcement Division. “We felt it important to let our community know that products like this exist so parents and guardians ensure the candy doesn’t somehow wind up in their children’s Halloween candy bag.”
The candy, which includes taffy, mint chocolate bars, blueberry chocolate bars and banana-walnut chocolate bars, came from the West Coast and Colorado, he said.
Officers don’t have any indication that the pot candy was destined for trick-or-treaters.
In Colorado, police are telling parents to be especially wary.
“A regular food item can look just like an item that’s infused with THC,” said Sgt. Matthew Collver of the Breckenridge, Colo., Police Department. They’ve seen treats called Pot-Tarts in similar packaging to Pop Tarts and Stoner-Bars that look like Snickers bars.
Earlier this month, Colorado-based TinctureBelle LLC and TinctureBelle Marijuanka LLC settled with The Hershey Co. after Hershey’s filed a federal trademark infringement suit claiming that TinctureBelle’s Ganja Joy, Hasheath, Hashees and Dabby Patty too closely resembled Hershey’s iconic Almond Joy, Heath bars, Reese’s peanut butter cups and …read more