Candy and edibles laced with drugs

  • metta

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    Oct 30, 2010 4:53 AM GMT
    Candy and edibles laced with drugs

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    With Halloween only a few days away, parents, teachers, and physicians are warned to closely inspect children’s candy, soda, and snack items to ensure children do not accidentally ingest a concentrated drug.

    The Narcotics Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recently identified a new and growing health hazard. In recent months, thousands of illicit edible products have been seized in the form of candies, cookies, cereal snacks, and bottled soda, all containing varying amounts of concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive substance found in the marijuana plant.

    These items, packaged to resemble licensed commercial candy and snacks, are being produced locally in clandestine labs and residential kitchens. The items are packaged to be attractive to children and teens. Some items have no label to warn the consumer of their content, and many that are labeled do not contain a reasonable indication of drug content, recommended dosage, or instructions for use. Because their makers intend to remain anonymous, no contact information is listed.

    Some of the processes used to extract and concentrate the THC for the manufacture of these items include the use of chemical solvents, such as liquid butane, to extract THC from the plant material. We are concerned that the methods used to extract the drug may also extract any pesticide or fertilizer residue as well, carrying those potentially toxic chemicals into the items. We are currently pursuing additional testing of these items to better determine this possibility.

    Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives found that the places in which these items were manufactured were highly unsanitary, bringing the potential of other health hazards to users as well. It is the intent of the Sheriff’s Department to seek and prosecute similar crimes in the Los Angeles area.

    The following is a statement provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

    "Edible marijuana products pose a significant health threat," said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. "There are too many unknowns regarding the preparation and the amount of marijuana contained in these products. They can be easily mistaken for common foods due to improper labeling and packaging, leading to cases of intoxication from accidental ingestion of 'pot cookies' and 'pot brownies' that were thought to be ordinary, drug-free snacks. During the coming holiday, we urge parents to carefully screen their children's treats to ensure that they are properly packaged and labeled, and are from trusted sources."

    https://local.nixle.com/alert/3916362/?sub_id=84253

    Parents Urged to Check For Pot-Laced Halloween Candy

    KTLA-TV 5

    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-pot-candy-warning,0,2926396.story

    Parents warned about candy laced w/ marijuana

    KABC-TV 7

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/consumer&id=7754220

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    Oct 30, 2010 5:11 AM GMT
    I thought it was a fun recipe thread =(
  • tony_boost

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    Oct 30, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
    i love when soccer moms hear about edible brownies sold at weed clinics and they take from it, "people are trying to drug my kids!", btw edibles are like ten bucks a piece at clinics, who would be giving them away for free? i gotta go trick or treating this yearicon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 30, 2010 5:22 AM GMT
    Sounds like cheap DEA propaganda to me, to make people scared about a pretty harmless drug. Especially if THC is ingested without being smoked, the health risk is zero.

    It's even pretty easily identifiable as propaganda. Why the hell would a marijuana producer go through the trouble of creating space cakes to resemble existing brands of candy bar, then even go through the effort of faking packaging, and then give it away for free?

    Sure that kids shouldn't be eating that, but in all honesty, the amount of dangerous chemicals we feed children is all legal - food additives, conserving agents, you name it, is far greater and more dangerous than a dose of THC.

    This is total bullshit, and it's because people believe crap like this that the average American has such retarded opinions on drugs, but also on other things (homosexuality anyone?)
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    Oct 30, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    Tazo995 said Why the hell would a marijuana producer go through the trouble of creating space cakes to resemble existing brands of candy bar, then even go through the effort of faking packaging, and then give it away for free?



    In this economy I suggest we just outright beat up the kids. Cost effective and a good workout.
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    Oct 30, 2010 5:43 AM GMT
    Shit when I was a kid my synagogue was like "HERE CHILD YOU ARE A RESPONSIBLE EIGHT YEAR OLD. HAVE SOME WINE."

    That story really doesn't have much to do with this thread, but it's funny nonetheless...and only because I'm drinking now (again unrelated to the story....I'm drinking vodka not wine).
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    Oct 30, 2010 5:47 AM GMT
    Is there a map of these homes where you get the good stuff?
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    Oct 30, 2010 5:47 AM GMT
    Heartrobb saidIs there a map of these homes where you get the good stuff?


    Yes, it's called "Every home in California"
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    Oct 30, 2010 6:58 AM GMT
    Fuck the alcohol Im going trick-r-treating!!!!!!!
  • Bunjamon

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    Oct 30, 2010 8:07 AM GMT
    It's been shown that kids candy is far more likely to be poisoned by a relative than a stranger on Halloween. This just sounds like an article meant to scare people out of having a good time.
  • Halcyonz

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    Oct 30, 2010 8:12 AM GMT
    mnboy saidFuck the alcohol Im going trick-r-treating!!!!!!!


    QFT. Is this happening in my city? If not, we need to start.
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    Oct 30, 2010 8:13 AM GMT
    i think all homosexuals should be worried about their kids having a THC blow pop.
  • Halcyonz

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    Oct 30, 2010 8:27 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Tazo995 saidSounds like cheap DEA propaganda to me, to make people scared about a pretty harmless drug. Especially if THC is ingested without being smoked, the health risk is zero.

    It's even pretty easily identifiable as propaganda. Why the hell would a marijuana producer go through the trouble of creating space cakes to resemble existing brands of candy bar, then even go through the effort of faking packaging, and then give it away for free?

    Sure that kids shouldn't be eating that, but in all honesty, the amount of dangerous chemicals we feed children is all legal - food additives, conserving agents, you name it, is far greater and more dangerous than a dose of THC.

    This is total bullshit, and it's because people believe crap like this that the average American has such retarded opinions on drugs, but also on other things (homosexuality anyone?)



    You missed the WHOLE point with this posting.

    Firstly, these are products that are sold at marijuana dispensaries. So these are not "free." The concern is that these products will somehow manage to find their way into children's candy trick or treat bags 'by accident' or god forbid on purpose to cause harm to kids.

    And the concern is not the actual drug THC but that the producers of these products do not create them in sanitary conditions. There could be other risks involved in a poorly regulated facility. And aside from that, imagine if someone ingested a lot of this candy thinking it was only candy and then had to be rushed to the hospital (as the case was in one of the videos that metta clearly provided for us). A person can get sick and if s/he does not know why he is sick it can cause a lot of drama and panic. Especially a small child who has no tolerance to the drug. Lastly, what if a child gets high and then engages in some sort of behavior that s/he normally does (like bicycling or a sport) and winds up in an awful accident.

    Several years ago I was given a pot cookie from a friend and I thought it would just make me happy. Well, it turned out I should have only had half of the cookie. It was too much for me and I felt sick and felt like I was going cross eyed as if I were losing my vision and had extreme paranoia. This was from a cookie I knew had pot in it. What if a kid eats several of these who is only a third my size (I was 250lb of muscle back then)?

    You did not even take the time to watch the videos or read the articles thoroughly. You just wanted to spew your anger and make generalizations about Americans. Your posts wreak of hostility and to top it off, you are so inaccurate.



    Not to want to argue or anything. . . But it's quite hilarious when someone ingests a little too much pot. One of my friends thought I was a bee once and was trying to string them. Good times. And the sides of nausea and such are no different than alcohol, minus the hangover you feel the next day. Granted, everyone has different reactions. . . but live and learn icon_smile.gif

    Furthermore, to be concerned with silly things like "Oh, is the drug bakery goods being manufactured in an FDA/OSHA approved facility?!" Is dumb. Please do some research on where things like Tyson Chicken come from or what Monsanto is actually putting into your food. Yum Yum. Drugged candy should be the least of your concerns. Every year there is a new "scare" that is extrapolated and blown out of proportion by the media. . . learn to think for ones self and analyze what is actually being said. Remember the razor blades in the apples or some shit? Seriously.
  • MarvelClimber

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    Oct 30, 2010 11:31 AM GMT
    Every Halloween this kinda stuff comes out. My mom used to have my candy x-rayed at the local precinct for razor blades or pins, or whatever the urban legend spoke of. There has never been a documented case of this or poisoning. Yet, every year these dire warnings persist... gotta keep up those news ratings icon_exclaim.gif After 20+ years of this urban legend, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. Police stations here still do x-rays. Next, they’ll have those airport drug sniffing machines to ease parents’ minds. And then they wonder where their tax money is going. icon_lol.gif

    I've seen the pot-addled mind at work and giving kids THC-laden foods would certainly be funny to them on a high. (It's actually kinda funny to drug-free me.) But the pot-addled mind doesn't prepare for these things, so I doubt the food would be packaged in any way. They'd just throw a chunk of brownie in the bag and start cracking up. The article would have been better to focus on parties and haunted houses at people's homes, where THC-food could be left for anyone to grab accidently.
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    Oct 30, 2010 11:59 AM GMT
    Solution: Get your kids stoned before trick-or-treating. Then the THC-tainted candy won't have such a profound effect. Instead, it'll just extend their buzz longer and they'll go to sleep sooner, allowing more time for the parents to have some nookie time for a change.
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    Oct 30, 2010 2:08 PM GMT
    Keeping Fear Alive.
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    Oct 30, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    Wow, that's real expensive candy. I watched an episode of weeds where there was a store specializing in MJ laced candy, everything from lollipops to those push up tubes of ice cream or sherbet. Yes, it's problematic, much like putting caffeine in large doses into those products, there's the danger those products can be consumed by a child.

    ...and the homemade aspect is kinda gross. I've seen a lot of peoples' kitchens over the years and some of them.....icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif

    -Doug
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    Oct 30, 2010 2:21 PM GMT
    Is anyone else, besides me, suspicious that this new idea of tampered Halloween candy is coming out just days before the election in California with a marijuana proposition on the ballot?
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    Oct 30, 2010 2:30 PM GMT
    We attend a huge annual pool party here, where everyone brings booze and food, and only this last time did one of the regulars tell me he always brings marijuana brownies, for years now. Which I've never eaten, I'm too busy with martinis, but my partner has, and commented afterwards that he felt funny.

    All very amusing, but to give children something unknown and unregulated, no matter what your position on legalizing drugs, is simply wrong & irresponsible.

    What is the motive? It can't be good. The only people who get to make such choices with underage minor children are their parents or guardians. Not some anonymous people who do this surreptitiously for their own purposes.

    I'm sorry, but I totally disapprove. Whether or not the DEA is overplaying this to serve its own agenda I can't say, but I believe enough evidence exists to prove that it does happen. And I cannot understand anyone who defends it. You don't secretly give such substances to little children, period.
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    Oct 30, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    Heartrobb saidIs anyone else, besides me, suspicious that this new idea of tampered Halloween candy is coming out just days before the election in California with a marijuana proposition on the ballot?



    Good point. You know, perhaps this is a good thing to look at; the illegal production of THC candy and its dangers etc because if legalized, these underground industries would die a swift death. Places like McD's would be handing out fast-acting THC mints to adult patrons BEFORE they ordered. icon_lol.gif

    -Doug
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 30, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    All this stuff about drugs being put in the treats is kind of scary...I think I will just stick to tricking this year icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 30, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    metta8 saidCandy and edibles laced with drugs
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    During the coming holiday, we urge parents to carefully screen their children's treats to ensure that they are properly packaged and labeled, and are from trusted sources."
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    I am doing a free screening of pot treats. Please send all suspicious pot treats this way.yeah hehe... um... hehehe... yeah... pot treats... hehe
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    Oct 30, 2010 3:14 PM GMT
    Is there a single verified insdtance of this at all? It would be pointless for someone to do, it has all the earmarks of urban myth.

    I do not think it is at coincidental that this story gets put out there on the eve on the Prop 9 vote.

    It shows the kind of reefer Madness alarmism that we saw in the ads last week warning: "When you come out of surgery, your nurse is gonna be HIGH!!"icon_rolleyes.gif


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    Oct 30, 2010 3:17 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidAll this stuff about drugs being put in the treats is kind of scary...I think I will just stick to tricking this year icon_wink.gif


    Better watch out for those THC urethral and rectal suppositories! icon_wink.gif

    icon_lol.gif -Doug
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    Oct 30, 2010 3:18 PM GMT
    UpperCanadian saidTV's Judge Judy likes to bark:
    " if it doesn't make sense, it is not true!"

    So why would I take advice from a mangy dog like Judge Judy? icon_razz.gif