On October 2, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent in Texas sounded the alarm about the potential for people passing out cannabis-infused edibles to trick-or-treaters, despite the limits imposed by social distancing this year. Each year at Halloween time, a chorus of warnings about the danger of cannabis-infused candy can be heard in local news cycles.
“When you see these things packaged like this, it looks like candies that you’re buying there at the grocery register,” DEA Special Agent in Charge F. Dante Sorianello told KSAT. “There’s not a hypodermic needle with some heroin in it. So it’s, you know, it’s very deceptive.”
While THC-infused candy (above 0.5 percent THC) is illegal in Texas, Sorianello warned that candy infused with THC could be infiltrated from legal states.
“They’re marketing these edibles allegedly to adults. But then, why are you packaging it like candy?” he said.
The Texas Compassionate Use Act was signed into law in 2015, but it only allows people with epilepsy to access cannabis oil with less than 0.5 percent THC. Last year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3703, which expanded the list of qualifying conditions to include diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Cannabis-infused candy has been popping up all over Texas—but no reports of people passing out THC-infused candy have been verified. On September 17, Gillespie County Sheriff deputies confiscated 23 pounds of THC edibles.On September 18, the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office seized several pounds of cannabis that included candy mimicking the look of Skittles, Nerds and other candy brands.
These warnings can be seen across the US in other states. Just a week ago, South Shore Health’s Emergency Department in Massachusetts issued a similar warning. Again, most of the concerns were theoretical, as THC-infused candy can look almost identical to regular candy.
Speaking of other irrational fears, this Halloween, why not try out some of DOPE’s spooky places to light up or just have a good time with friends.