The Vain Search for Marijuana in Trick-or-Treat Bags
It’s October, which means it’s time for concerned cops and their credulous collaborators in the news media to warn us about the mythical menace of marijuana edibles in trick-or-treat bags. The police department in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, got a jump on the seasonal panic last week when it alerted parents to the danger that their kids might receive THC-laced products that look like ordinary treats when they go begging for candy on Halloween.
“As Halloween gets closer,” a reporter for the ABC station in Philadelphia tweeted, “@BensalemPolice are warning parents to LOOK at your child’s candy before they eat it. They confiscated these snacks that look a lot like the real thing. All are laced with THC.”
Jaclyn Lee, the WPVI reporter who wrote that tweet, appended photographs that included packages of “Medicated Nerds Ropes,” which Gas Buds, a California dispensary, sells for $15. You can buy the genuine, unmedicated product from Walmart for a buck.
Lee wants us to believe that people are willing to pay that sort of premium for the sake of a mean trick with consequences they would never witness. Even if such malevolent pranksters exist, their odds of success seem pretty low: All of the products in Lee’s pictures are clearly marked as marijuana edibles, including clues such as cannabis leaves, THC content, and California’s state-required warning label.
The Bucks County Courier Times reported that the Bensalem alert was triggered by the arrest of 20-year-old Philadelphia resident William Goodman, who was caught with “50 pieces of THC edibles packaged to closely resemble popular candy and snack foods” after he was pulled over for an expired temporary tag. Goodman “allegedly told police he orders the candy from California and sells [it] in the city.”
Although there was no indication that any of the candy was intended for trick-or-treaters, that did not stop Bensalem Public Safety Directo
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