Now that the danger of trick-or-treat candy laced with poison and hidden razor blades have been proven to be basically made up, a void has been left empty for parents who like to worry and shelter their children into being weirdos. Luckily for them, several interest groups across the nation have taken up another fictitious cause for parents to keep their children from having fun this Halloween.
This time out, the unfounded fear is that trick-or-treat candy could be infused with THC. The most effectively fear-mongering of these campaigns come from Smart Colorado, a group of puritanical politics and uneducated cannabis opinions, but essentially – it would seem – good intentions. Their deal is they want to keep cannabis out of the hands of kid. Fair enough. But the group’s billboards claiming that parents should be on the lookout for edibles in their kids’ pumpkin pails is likely to not only inspire neuroses in parents without much stoner smarts, but also unfairly stigmatize cannabis.
“Spotting the pot in your kids’ candy is difficult, Halloween or not. The real question is why is marijuana in kid’s candy in the first place?” Smart Colorado co-founder Diane Carlson was quoted in an article by The Cannabist’s Richard Baca. “It’s our responsibility as a community to provide children, teens, parents, teachers, medical professionals, employers and neighbors with the information necessary to protect Colorado citizens and, most importantly, our kids.”
The only problem with Carlson’s statement is that it isn’t based on any evidence. Not a single case of a child eating weedy candy was reported last year in Colorado or Washington, according to information from the Denver Police, Seattle Police and the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. “We didn’t have any admissions for accidental ingestion for children in our Pediatric (Emergency Department) this weekend,” a spokesperson for Denver Health Medical Center in central Denver told The Denver Post after last year’s Halloween.
Baca and The Cannabist even pointed out that you’re literally more likely to contract the Ebola virus than you are to accidentally got blizzity-blazed from Halloween candy.
But these facts do not stop over-anxious parents and organizations from spreading the same worries as Smart Colorado. Authorities in Arizona, New York, Texas and Florida have run similar anti-cannabis baseless warnings for local parents. Many of these warnings were issued following big marijuana busts in the area, though none of those busts indicated a plan to dose children with THC, but in fact meant that there was going to be significantly less weed on the street than there would have been otherwise.
Now that trick-or-weed has been debunked too, guess our most parents are just going to have to go back to believing in the boogeyman if they’re going to find an obsession to keep their minds off the fact that their own craziness is the real danger to their children.