Every year there is a story warning parents about the dangers of Trick-or-Treating. I grew up with stories of poisoned candies and my parents were diligent about checking my candy to make sure they were all wrapped tightly. While my parents and I never actually knew anyone that was poisoned through nefarious candy tampering, they remained diligent.
Now, it appears that the media has found a new reason for parents to watch what their kids are eating…marijuana candy.
Apparently, this marijuana candy looks just like regular candy but their effects provide much more than just a “sugar high.” Apparently, some pot candy creators buy sweets in bulk and then spray them with hash oil. As soon as the oil dries, there’s no way to tell the difference between a regular piece of candy and one dosed with marijuana.
Now, all of this, like many of the other Halloween scares, may just be fear mongering. It could just be someone’s attempt at attempting to influence the debate on the legalization of marijuana. Or, it could be an attempt to create a Halloween “trick” to add to all of the treats on this fun night.
Some may even feel that there is nothing to worry about. There is a contingent of individuals out there that don’t feel there are any negative effects of ingesting marijuana. However, while marijuana may be legal in some states, it is still illegal to provide the substance to a minor. It is an offence which can be punishable in criminal court.
I was always told, however, it is better to be safe than sorry. In reality, how much extra work does it really take to make sure your kid’s candy is sealed in the factory wrapper? Not much really.
Matt Pfau is an attorney and founding partner at the law firm Parry & Pfau. Matt has a background in business consulting, estate planning, business start-ups and bankruptcy and is licensed to practice in both Nevada and California. A partner in the firm Parry & Pfau, he can be reached at 702-879-9555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.