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Halloween Edible Hype

Sep 27, 2016 01:46PM ● Published by Leland Rucker

Hey, television stations in Denver. And print media outlets, too. And the police department. You know who you are. Please don’t spend this month trying to scare the bejesus out of everybody by making us believe that cannabis users are plotting Machiavellian ways to poison the city’s children by giving out cannabis-laced sweet treats this Halloween. Like the urban legend that’s been around since everybody’s childhood about devious individuals who slip razor blades into fruit or candy for unsuspecting trick-or-treaters, this isn’t true, either. 

Never mind that Denver police have never reported a case of cannabis-tainted candy. Or that cannabis users are no more likely to commit a crime than someone who doesn’t consume. Largely because of concern over edibles, Colorado changed its packaging laws, which means that every edible sold now is stamped with a THC warning, so everyone can tell if it’s a cannabis-infused product or just a piece of regular candy. 

Nobody wants children to get edibles meant for adults, but kids are far more likely to be poisoned by pharmaceutical drugs than cannabis. News editors: When somebody hauls this one out of the trash, throw it back in. Do a story on something that actually is a problem rather than creating one that isn’t. End of rant.

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