First the fruit buzz, now the candy high

CandyAs a kid, I remember riding my bike to the candy store with my best friend, armed with a pocketful of change, to buy Jolly Ranchers, Tootsie Rolls and bubble gum. It seems that simple pleasure has been tainted, now that marijuana-flavored lollipops are being sold at convenience stores across the country. The pot-flavored pops, with names like Purple Haze and Rasta (the image shown here is from the Mary Jane Candy Co.), are getting some folks angry. “It’s nothing but dope candy, and that’s nothing we need to be training our children to do,” said Georgia state senator Vincent Fort. Rick Watkins, marketing director for Chronic Candy, counters: “There are more than 70 million people in the United States who smoke marijuana. We’re catering to the audience of people who are in that smoking culture.” Although the candy is legal because it’s made with hemp oil, thereby providing only the taste and not the high, Chronic Candy uses the tagline, “Every lick is like taking a hit.” Sounds like false advertising to me.

—Posted by Lisa van der Pool