It’s October, which means it’s time to warn us about the mythical dangers of marijuana edibles in the trick-or-treat bags of concerned police and their media-believing associates. The police department in Benselm, Pennsylvania, jumped into seasonal panic last week when it warned parents of the danger that their kids could get THC-laced products that would look like normal behavior when begging for candy on Halloween.
“Halloween is approaching,” a reporter for the ABC station in Philadelphia said. Tweeted, “EnsBensalemPolice warns parents to look at your child’s candy before they eat it. They’ve confiscated these snacks, which are a lot like the real thing. They’re all tied up with THC.”
WPVI reporter Jacqueline Lee, who wrote the tweet, added photographs that included packages of “medicated nerds ropes,” which sells California dispensary gas buds for 15. You can buy real, obsolete products from Walmart for a penny.
Lee wants us to believe that people are willing to pay such premiums, the consequences of which they will never see. Even if such violent jokes exist, their chances of success seem slim: all of the products in Lee’s pictures are clearly marked as marijuana edible, including marijuana leaves, THC content, and California state-required warning labels.
Box County Courier Times Benselm was warned after the arrest of 20-year-old Philadelphia resident William Goodman, who was caught with “50 pieces of packaged THC food similar to popular candy and snack food” after being pulled for an expired period. Tag Goodman told police he ordered and sold candy from California [it] In the city. “
While there was no indication that any candy tricks were intended for trick-or-treaters, this did not prevent Bensell’s public safety director, Fred Haran, from guessing what. Can Happened “Unfortunately, there are a lot of sick and wicked people out there,” Harran said Courier Times. “We live in this world.”
So what? Not according to the Nexus News database, which has had similar warnings since 1996, when California first legalized cannabis for medical use, but there are no documented cases of minors who accidentally threw stones at cannabis candy distributed on Halloween. In 2019, Jane Hu mentioned Slate The article, “There is no actual report that this ever happened.”
But fear is eternal. Last year, Indiana State Police urged parents to package their kids ‘thoroughly tested’ marijuana meals for Halloween, although it warned them otherwise that “it shouldn’t be considered okay.” ‘
Like Bensalem, that warning is nothing more than confiscating marijuana candy. In 2016, Illinois Bureau County Sheriff James Reed issued a similar warning on an even weaker basis: he mistakenly mapped maple leaves for Japanese cannabis leaves.
The fear of contaminated potheads tending to cheat kids on THC is a variation of the old story, dating back to at least the 1950s, seemingly innocent behavior about razor blades, needles and poison such as candied apples and chocolate bars. University of Delaware sociologist Joel Best, who specializes in diagnosing popular panic, has studied the history of such Halloween scares.
“I haven’t even found a single report of a child being killed or seriously injured from a contaminated treatment received during a trick-or-treat,” Best told CBC News in 201C.
In addition to the perennial appeal of the Halloween horror story, the cannabis candy fear reflects the annoying tendency of local journalists to do whatever the police say. But judging from recent journalistic errors and the reprehensible response to Lee’s tweets – one of them Illustrated The “local media” is a cat that pours water from a faucet “easily denies a police press release” – people are starting to get smarter.
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