Marijuana prohibitionists and some law enforcement agencies are dusting off the ‘marijuana Halloween candy epidemic’ argument again. Make sure to be on the lookout parents, because at any moment your child could come home with an insane amount of marijuana edibles now that marijuana is legal in four states and Washington D.C.. These scare tactics of course are nothing more than an urban legend, similar to the razor blade in the apple (who gives out apples on Halloween anyways?) story.
As far as I know, there has never been a reported case of someone giving out handfuls of medicated candy to kids on Halloween, nor do I expect there to be. If for any reason, because marijuana infused products are expensive. Prohibitionists act like a regular candy bar from the corner market is the same price as one from a dispensary or recreational marijuana store. Not even close. I can get a packet of candy bars from the dollar store near my house, but the equivalent in edibles would be ten to twenty times that amount.
I can only speak for myself, but I know the last thing I want to do with my stash is give it away to strangers, and I think most consumers feel the exact same way. I’m fine with sharing with people I know, but I’m not just going to give it to someone that knocks on my door, kid or otherwise. The mere thought of that is ridiculous. I am responsible and keep all of my stuff locked up. Part of that is because I don’t want anyone under 21 (I live in Oregon, it’s legal!) getting their hands on it, but also because I don’t want anyone of any age getting their hands on it. I want those infused products to be in my belly, and not just thrown to the wind.
I think to a marijuana prohibitionist, they think that this scare tactic is working, even though Halloween after Halloween will pass and the epidemic will never occur. I picture Kevin Sabet at a very old age telling anyone who will listen, ‘you just wait, there are going to be kids stoned off of medicated Sour Patch Kids anytime know!’ Marijuana edibles are not cheap, and even if you make your own, the last thing that you want to do when you get done putting in all of that effort is use it to break the law to get a bunch of little kids high for absolutely no personal benefit whatsoever. Again, just the thought of it seems so far fetched that it’s hard to take organizations like Smart Colorado seriously. Yes, edibles exist, and yes, they look a lot like Halloween candy that you find in stores. But anyone who has had to hit an ATM machine to pay for those edibles will tell you that they likely keep them in a safe because they are some of the most valuable possessions that they own. On the random chance that someone is giving away free medibles, hit me up, I’ll gladly take them all!