Columbus, Ohio (Nexstar) – As Halloween approaches, state attorneys general are in attendance across the country Warning parents to check cannabis candy It does not end up in the hands of children.
Tuesday’s press releases were similar and appeared to be part of a coordinated effort to warn about unregulated and illegal marijuana snacks and sweets made to look like a real, sober brand.
“The levels of THC in these counterfeit products may have some real and devastating consequences for children,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in one release. “Parents should be extra careful, especially around Halloween, that these fakes don’t end up in treat bags.”
Two Ohio poison control centers reported a significant increase in children’s intake of such products in 2020:
- The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Drug and Poison Information Center reported 79 cases of ingestion in 2020, up from 38 in 2019 — an increase of 108%.
- The National Children’s Hospital of Central Ohio’s Poison Center also recorded 79 consultations in 2020, but its calls are up from 16 in 2019 — a 394% increase.
“None of the depicted cannabis products are legally sold in Ohio. Sale of marijuana for certain medical reasons is legal for adults in the state. In those approved uses, one serving of an edible cannabis product contains 10 mg of THC and a multi-serve package must contain Less than 100 mg of total THC,” a release from the Yost Office. Some of the imitation sachets in the picture contain 600-1000 mg of THC. If a child were to eat an entire bag, they would consume 60-100 times the legal maximum intake of an adult.”
In New York, Attorney General Letitia James issued a similar report Warning about marijuana Tuesday.
Illegal product packaging copies popular snack brands such as Oreos, Cheetos, Sour Patch Kids, and Doritos.
“These deceptive and unregulated cannabis products will only confuse and harm New Yorkers, which is why they have no place in our state,” James said. “It is imperative that we limit their access to protect our communities, and more specifically, our children. In light of the increase in accidental overdoses among children across the country, it is more imperative than ever that we do everything we can to curb this crisis and prevent any further harm, or Even worse death. My office is committed to preventing the sale of these products and protecting the welfare of all New Yorkers. I urge everyone to be vigilant about these products and to report these harmful items to my office immediately.”
Leslie Rutledge, an Arkansas attorney general, warned that fake pot candy can have 120 times the potency compared to an edible adult when eaten by a child.
“If anyone sells these products to the Staff, I will hold them accountable to the fullest extent permitted by law,” Routledge said. “If you see these similar products for sale, notify my office immediately.”
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the most common overdoses among children nationwide include eating edible hemp foods and overdoses continue to rise. In the first half of 2021 alone, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that hotlines received 2,622 calls for services related to the ingestion of cannabis products by young children.