Police in Pennsylvania have issued a warning to parents in the area ahead of Halloween after discovering candy laced with THC during a recent raid.
We are almost halfway through October already (crazy right?) which means a little more than two weeks from now we'll be celebrating Halloween. As adults, many of us enjoy Halloween parties. As kids, it's all about trick or treating. As parents, it's probably all about accompanying your little ones while they trick or treat.
Gone are the days when you could send your kids out into the dark with a pumpkin bucket for them to go house to house and collect their own candy. At least until they are a certain age at which they are probably a little old to be trick or treating anyway. Thanks to the streets being less safe than they were 20 to 30 years ago, it would now be downright irresponsible to let your kids go trick or treating alone.
The next sad step in that progression is kids not being allowed to eat their candy until it has been thoroughly inspected. It feels as if we hear a horror story about the horrible hidden surprises being handed out every Halloween, and this year's offering has reared its head two weeks early. Something called Nerds Rope which is a sweet laced with as much as 400mg of THC.
Police in Pennsylvania issued a warning via the department's Facebook page after discovering it during a recent raid. Nerds Rope is almost indistinguishable from regular candy and even comes in a similar wrapper. However, the wrapper should state that it is for "medical use only." A parent on the lookout for that statement will hopefully spot it. A hungry kid eager to get stuck into their candy almost definitely will not.
The very faint silver lining to this story is that for once, this isn't a case of someone playing their idea of a sick joke. Razor blades in apples and needles in Twizzlers are clearly put out there to intentionally try and hurt people. This THC-laced candy is something some people might have lying around the house, and the fear is that it will accidentally be handed out on October 31. The key is to be vigilant, and ultimately don't let your children skim their candy until you have had a good look at it.