Cannabis Infused Halloween Candy: Trick or Treat?

Halloween is right around the corner and every year around this time local news agencies issue warnings to be on the lookout for marijuana-laced Halloween candy. This isn’t your typical rusted razor blade-infused candy rumors we used to hear back in the day, but rather, a new-age “problem” to be on the lookout for, as more states continue to legalize both medicinal and recreational cannabis.

Despite the frequent warnings, there have been ZERO reported incidents regarding marijuana-laced Halloween candy finding its way into the bags of unsuspecting youths. Following the Denver Police’s warning back in 2014, officials admitted there were no actual cases of such an epidemic. Two years ago, Drew Fowler, a spokesman for the Seattle Police Department, also claimed there wasn’t much to the rumors about marijuana-laced Halloween candy. Last year, Ben Pollara, director of United For Care, a pro-MMJ group, also made a point to note that despite the frequent warnings, there has not been a single recorded case of tampering.

While it’s always a good thing for parents to be diligent about inspecting their children’s Halloween candy, it appears the chances of finding CBD gummies is slim to none. Of course, nothing is impossible, but for right now, it looks like marijuana-laced Halloween candy is still just your typical urban legend.

University of Delaware sociologist Joel Best has done lots of research on poisoned Halloween candy. Mr. Best told National Geographic: “There was a fear that people would pass out edible marijuana and cause children to overdose, which, among other things, completely ignores how much edible marijuana costs.” This also ignores the strict packaging standards that many states are adopting. For instance, in Oregon, cannabis-infused candy must come in child-proof packaging and the art may not appeal to children. Finally, candy with THC must have a warning label.

…Halloween Candy Is Deadlier Than Cannabis

Parents often worry about ‘deranged potheads’ handing out marijuana-laced candy on Halloween. But there’s an even deadlier substance lurking in their trick-or-treat bags and it’s 100 percent legal. Chocolate contains a chemical that is deadly to humans of any age in high doses. It’s called theobromine, from the Greek ‘theobroma’ meaning “food for the gods.” Which is fitting since chocolate tastes heavenly, and if you eat too much, you’ll wind up meeting your maker. Overdosing on theobromine can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, internal bleeding, cardiac arrhythmias and even fatal heart attacks. That dangerous dose is around 1,000 milligrams for every kilogram that a person weighs, so consuming roughly 77 grams of theobromine could be fatal to someone weighing 170 pounds.