The Denver Police Department released a video this week warning parents to keep an extra-careful eye on their kids’ Halloween candy hauls. In this first Halloween season since legal recreational marijuana sales began in January, the police are reminding parents that many marijuana-infused edibles closely resemble existing candies on the market.
“With Halloween fast approaching,” the police noted on their YouTube page, “Colorado citizens are in a unique position in the country — watching our kid’s candy for marijuana edibles. Learn how some marijuana edibles can be literally identical to their name-brand counterparts, and get a reminder about sweets safety for all your little trick or treaters this year.”
The video features and interview with Patrick Johnson, who owns Denver-rooted Urban Dispensary, as he talks about the similarities between infused and non-infused candies.
“If anything that your child brings home doesn’t look like it’s from a company like Hershey’s or one of the larger manufacturers, whoever owns Sour Patch Kids, if they don’t look like something familiar, it’s best to just toss that stuff into the trash and not let your child consume it,” said Johnson, who said that edibles make up for 20-30 percent of Urban Dispensary’s overall sales.