It’s not just razor blades hidden in apples and poison-laced pixie sticks we have to worry about on Halloween these days, this year brings a new warning that is SO 2020, we can’t even handle it.
The Indiana State Police are warning parents this week about marijuana edibles that look almost identical to some classic Halloween favorites.
“Parents, here is an example of what to look for in your child’s Halloween candy this year,” the Public Information Office wrote in a Facebook post Monday alongside photos of “medicated” Skittles and Starburst Gummies, which contain THC.
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According to the post, these lookalikes were seized over the weekend by a state trooper. And with the discovery being so close to Halloween, law enforcement is begging parents to be vigilant.
“While they are packaged and marketed to look like candy, they are not. You have to look closely to see the ‘Medicated’ wording.”
The post continued, “Please thoroughly check all candy and don’t assume it’s ‘OK’ just because it looks ‘OK.’”
This year’s warning isn’t unique to Indiana. Police in Connecticut issued a warning to parents last year after reports that two children were given THC edibles while trick-or-treating.
Police in Denver, where marijuana use is legal, have also warned parents to check their children’s Halloween candy stash for edibles.
Indiana is bordered by states where marijuana is legalized, which may increase the chances of medicated edibles surfacing on Halloween.
“Just take an extra moment to inspect your child’s candy, maybe more than you normally would,” Capt. Ron Galaviz, chief public information officer at the Indiana State Police says. “Not everything is as it seems.”
Experts warn not to let children eat any collected baked goods, food items, or gummy candies that aren’t in sealed original packaging. If you are going trick or treating this year, it’s recommended that no candy is consumed until it is inspected, then disinfected as an extra precaution against the coronavirus.