Florida Sheriff's Association says edible marijuana could be Halloween 'threat'

Posted at 7:31 AM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 09:39:01-04

The Florida Sheriff’s Association is asking parents to be on the look-out for marijuana-laced candy. They say it could get mixed-in with traditional candy this Halloween.

However, some special interest groups say this warning is just a scare tactic to prevent people from voting for Amendment Two, the legalization of medical marijuana, on Election Day.


The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Monday the problem is real and provided  examples at a news conference.

The group said people in other states are putting edible marijuana in packages that look appealing to children and calling it names similar to legitimate products — "Pot-Tarts" instead of “Pop-Tarts,” or "Nugella" instead of Nutella.

Proponents for Amendment Two told the Orlando Sentinel that the sheriff and the sheriff’s association's claims are baseless.

When asked of specific examples of where these candies have been handed to trick-or- treaters, the sheriff’s association could not say. But it insists it’s happened in states where medical marijuana was legalized.

The best advice is to go through your candy because some of them may appear to be legitimate brands.