Ahead of Halloween this year, police are warning parents about THC-laced edibles that resemble brightly-colored candy packaging that were recovered in a recent drug bust. However, before parents panic and throw out their kids’ Halloween candy, there are a few reasons why you should, of course, be aware but not alarmed.
In a Facebook post shared on Thursday, Oct. 10, the Johnstown Police Department in Pennsylvania urged parents to be “ever vigilant” when checking their children’s candy stash after Halloween, specifically the “Nerds Rope edibles” that contain 400 mg of THC, which officers found during a recent search warrant in Stonycreek Township.
“During this Halloween, we urge parents to be ever vigilant in checking their children’s candy before allowing them to consume those treats,” Johnstown Police Department wrote on Facebook, alongside three photos of the packaged edibles. “Drug laced edibles are [packaged] like regular candy and may be hard to distinguish from the real candy.”
The candy’s pink and yellow packaging does have a clear warning label that states, “For medical use only: Keep out of reach of children and animals.” The packaging also says in bold yellow text that the candy is made with a “super potent formula” and contains “400 mg THC per rope.” THC is the main chemical found in marijuana and “stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria,” according to Live Science.
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