Marijuana-infused candy found in Prince George’s County – Washington Post

By Lynh Bui and Dana Hedgpeth,

The sweets look innocent.

A Monkey Bar with “two kinds of chocolate, coconut oil, toasted walnuts, and real bananas.”

Or the Blueberry Bliss, a treat with “white chocolate, flax crispies, and real blueberries.”

But there is one special ingredient in these candy bars and other treats Prince George’s County police seized in Maryland two days ago that authorities are warning parents about in light of Halloween: marijuana.

On Friday morning, as kids across Prince George’s County were eagerly awaiting their chance to don their Elsa and Spider-­Man costumes for a night of trick-or-treating, officials there announced that they had seized boxes of marijuana-infused candy from Colorado .

With the legalization of medical marijuana in the District, Maryland and nearly two dozen states and of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington state, edible cannabis products are a burgeoning industry across the United States. But the seizure of marijuana-infused taffy and chocolates in Maryland reflects a new challenge law enforcement must contend with in states where such products are illegal.

Prince George’s police officials say they don’t think that the candy was intended to wind up in kids’ trick-or-treat bags, but authorities wanted to warn parents.

“It’s relatively innocuous if you look at it,” said Capt. Chuck Hamby, assistant commander of the police department’s narcotic enforcement division. “For the safety of the community and the holiday season, we wanted to get it out right away.”

The six types of candy that police intercepted, mostly chocolate bars and taffy, boast bright labels that could wind up in the hands of kids eager to gobble down goodies without understanding the labels, authorities said. Along with the Monkey Bars and Blueberry Bliss, there were Mad Mints, Karma Kandy and other flavored chocolates. Many of the products say: “Warning: …read more

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