New Scrutiny on Sweets With Ascent of Marijuana in Colorado

New Scrutiny on Sweets With Ascent of Marijuana in Colorado

New York Times, October 29, 2014

By Jack Healy

DENVER — As Halloween approached, the Denver Police Department and a marijuana-store owner teamed up to film a public service video that could exist only in this weird new world of legalized pot.

Marijuana, they cautioned parents of trick-or-treaters, does not always look like marijuana. More and more these days, it can mimic Sour Patch Kids, Jolly Ranchers and gummy bears, and the police urged parents to double-check their children’s Halloween haul for any suspicious-looking candies that might be infused with marijuana.

“There’s really no way to tell the difference,” Patrick Johnson, the owner of Urban Dispensary, says in the video. He added, “It’s best just to toss that stuff into the trash.” […]