This Halloween, the New Jersey parents got more vigilant than usual with the candy their kids had received, as the attorney general advised them to watch out for marijuana treats that the little ones might receive. However, those who support legalization dismissed this as a mere scare technique, and said parents had absolutely nothing to worry about.
Police officers warn people to be careful with marijuana treats on Halloween
There must always be an urban legend circulating near Halloween, which puts parents in unnecessary guard and scares them for nothing. However, this year, the concern evolved beyond the level of the apple razor legend. Given the new controversy regarding the legalization of cannabis, parents started thinking their kids might receive marijuana treats.
In fact, the concern was spiced by the New Jersey attorney general, who told parents to be careful and watch out for any marijuana treats the kids might receive for Halloween. The explanation was the fact that there were many cannabis-infused sweets circulating in New Jersey and nearby. Therefore, some people might mistake them for regular candy and unknowingly give them to the children.
New Jersey wasn’t the only state to issue such warnings. Oregon, for instance, where recreational cannabis use is legal, has joined in the concern. Therefore, all parents were told to instruct the kids not to eat the candy they received while they were out trick-or-treating, and to thoroughly scan their sweets for any possible marijuana treats.
These scares proved unfounded
However, legalization attorneys said these warnings created unnecessary panic. They said there was no reason why someone would give marijuana treats to children on purpose. Also, the chances to do it accidentally were also slim, as people usually keep their cannabis-infused edibles away from anyone’s reach.
In the entire history of trick-or-treating, there never was a case of someone purposefully drugging a child with marijuana treats. However, police officers keep warning people every year. Therefore, the legalization supporters think this is rather a scaring technique, and a way to feed the negative stereotypes revolving around the drug.
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