CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — A public health alert was issued on Wednesday, June 20, 2019 about candy infused with THC. According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart the THC-infused edibles are being packaged to appeal to children.
Parents and caregivers are warned to be aware of this fake candy and other products which may have potent levels of THC.
A release from the U.S. Attorney’s office stated members of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) Initiative recovered a package with 7.5 lbs. of the fake candy. The package came from California on its way to Florida.
“Trick or Treat will never be the same again. This fake “candy” is all trick and no treat,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart. “It is packaged like candy. It looks like popular candy. It tastes like candy, but, instead, it is a very powerful and potent way to get high.”
The packaging on the candy is clearly marked to keep out of reach of children and animals. However, the candy is almost identical to the commercially available products.
“Any unsuspecting child or teenager could easily stumble along a package and innocently eat it not realizing the potency of the THC infused in the product,” added Stuart.
He went on to say the average marijuana joint contains .3 grams of THC. By comparison, the fake “candy” contained nearly 35-percent more THC than an entire average joint.
“It is outrageous that this powerful drug is marketed to children,” said Stuart. “Parenting is challenge enough without having to check a child’s candy for potent levels of THC. This just means parents will have to work double duty on Halloween.”
The U.S. Attorney extended his thanks to the AHIDTA for its initiative and interdiction of the product.