Every year, it seems that there is a new thing for parents to be scared of on Halloween. And we're not talking about haunted houses or creepy costumes. There are always "warnings" about things parents should be on the lookout for during trick-or-treating. This year, a Facebook post from a police department in Pennsylvania is going viral because of their warning. In the post, they warn parents about marijuana edibles that look like popular candies.
The Johnstown Police Department's post features a picture of some seized edibles that look like gummy candies. Warning that they're packaged and taste like the always popular Nerds Rope candy, they're advising parents be extra vigilant. "During this Halloween, we urge parents to be ever vigilant in checking their children’s candy before allowing them to consume those treats. Drug laced edibles are package like regular candy and may be hard to distinguish from the real candy," the post reads.
Obviously, these candies are not made by the same company that makes real Nerds Rope, or any other candies. "This product is counterfeit and in no way associated with Ferrara Candy Company. We want to reassure consumers that the Nerds products they find at major retailers across the country and at nerdscandy.com are safe to consume," the company said in a statement to CNN.
These “parents, beware edibles this Halloween” stories are hilarious. I don’t even want to give kids the good chocolate bars, why would I give them my weed— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) October 14, 2019
But here's the thing. As the post has gone viral, many people have pointed out the expense of edibles. They're very rarely less than $5-$10 for a small amount. And even in states where marijuana is legal, it's not always easy to get. So it's extremely unlikely that adults would be wasting their hard earned money to give kids their edibles. Not when you can get multiple bags of fun sized M&Ms for the same price as one small package of THC edibles.
Before you start freaking out, the Police Department did go back and clarify their earlier statements. Speaking to Rolling Stone, they backtracked and said they were trying to "raise awareness" by sharing the post. It's not that they actively believe people will willingly give away their edibles.
Are these people who are giving out edibles on Halloween the same ones who would supposedly put needles and razor blades in candy?— Enos Williams (@lwew) October 15, 2019
So you can just file this away with things like razor blades, needles and any other thing people have warned about in Halloween candy. No one is actively trying to get someone's kid high. Especially not for that expense.