Eating 500 a 600 milligrams of THC would be a huge dose, even for an adult. “If I ate that whole package, I would be miserable. People who are using edibles recreationally aren’t typically eating more than 10 milligrams,” Ompad said.
A thorough examination finds no manufacturer listed on the copycat packaging, ella dijo. sin embargo, empty bags mimicking dozens of major brands of snacks and candy can be purchased online in bulk, ella dijo, making it easy for small businesses to join the marketplace.
“The reputable business people in cannabis do not engage in this kind of conduct,” said Henry Wykowski, legal council for the National Cannabis Industry Association. “There are other people that are still operating in the illicit market and they aren’t following the rules.”
“We would like to assist in stopping this. It’s not good for anybody,” él agregó.
“Many cannabis edibles companies are overstepping on marketing in an egregious way, putting consumers at risk and infringing on the trademarks of well-known and trusted confectionery brands,” dicho Christopher Gindlesperger, the senior vice president of public affairs and communications for the National Confectioners Association, en un correo electrónico.
The association has established a set of guidelines for states considering deregulation of cannabis
“We’re focused on making sure that the appropriate guidelines and policies are set for distinguishing cannabis-containing edibles from traditional confectionery,” Gindlesperger added.
Manufacturers of various major candy and chip brands such as Mars Wrigley, Hershey Company, Mondelez Canada and Ferrara Candy Company have undertaken legal actions against a few companies that are selling knockoffs.
“We are deeply disturbed to see our trademarked brands being used illegally to sell THC-infused products, and even more so to hear of children ingesting these products and becoming ill,” said a Mars spokesperson in an email.
“We encourage consumers to reach out to their local authorities with any tips on these illegal products,” el portavoz dijo.
A growing problem
While anyone might mistake a copycat candy or chip with the real thing, young children are especially vulnerable, Ompad said, as they may be easily drawn to the brightly colored bags often decorated with familiar cartoon characters.
If a child ingests edibles they can become
. They may have problems walking or sitting up or may have a hard time breathing
,” according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A study published in the journal Pediatrics examined calls to regional poison control centers from
2017 a 2019 and found there were
4,172 cannabis exposure cases in the US among children up to
9 años. Nearly half
(46%) of those calls involved cannabis edibles
Más que 70% of calls to US poison control centers related to marijuana edibles in
2020 “involved children under the age of 5,
” according to New York Attorney General Letitia James
, quién issued a consumer alert
“In the first half of 2021 solo, the American Association of Poison Control Centers has reported that poison control hotlines have received an estimated 2,622 calls for services related to young children ingesting illegal cannabis products,” the alert said.
News reports from around the US put those numbers into stark relief.
A 3-year-old was admitted to a New Jersey ICU in December
2020 after eating
“cannabis candy which looked identical to a Nerds Rope
,” de acuerdo a Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
. A month later
, a preteen was hospitalized in New Jersey after eating a large amount of marijuana-laced candy packaged
” to Sour Skittles
Two children under
5 were hospitalized in Oklahoma in March
2021 after eating edibles from bags that looked just like Ruffles
, Doritos and Fritos
, according to Mark Woodward
, public information officer for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics
. And the same month a Florida sheriff’s office posted a warning on Facebook with an image of dozens of knockoff edibles
New Jersey has approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, which will soon go into effect, but Oklahoma and Florida have not.
If a younger child is exposed at home, it could mean adults were careless about leaving edibles lying around, Wykowski said.
“I could sell you a responsibly packaged product that doesn’t look anything like candy,” él dijo. “But if you leave it out and it looks like a brownie, and your kid walks by and thinks, 'Oh, I’m a little hungry. Dad left the brownies out,’ and then eats it, whose fault is that?”
It’s also possible teenagers could be obtaining edibles by faking identification or asking older friends to purchase ellos, just as they do with alcohol, Ompad said.
Until the Wild West of cannabis marketing is tamed through regulation
, the responsibility falls on parents to protect their children
, los expertos dicen. Keep all marijuana products out of the reach of children in childproof containers
, the CDC recommends
. Better yet
, lock them up
, Ompad said
“I am not a person who thinks that cannabis should be illegal or that edibles should not be available,” ella dijo. “We just need to do a better job of keeping them away from children and making it clear that they’re edibles and what the adult dose is to get the effect that you want.”