Those poor Chicago potheads
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Strangely humorous: Chicago has banned the sale of marijuana-flavored candies â€” sold nationwide under brand names such as Rasta, Chronic, and Purple Haze.
The lollipops, gumdrops and other sweets donâ€™t contain any actual ganja â€” nary a drop of the mind-altering herb â€” but they derive their authentic pot flavor from (legal) hemp oil.
Iâ€™d never seen or heard of these candies until now, and I simply canâ€™t wrap my brain around the idea of this stuff. What genius came up with it? Whatâ€™s next â€” coke-flavored nose spray? Meth-tinged breath mints? Why would anyone want to eat pot? It doesnâ€™t even smell good (unless you enjoy the aroma of stale incense mixed with burning vegetables).
And the marketing aspect is disturbing, too. This is candy weâ€™re talking about â€” yâ€™know, generally made for children, marketed to children â€” bought by and for children. But Tony Van Pelt, president of Chronic Candy, claims his sweets are â€œadult product[s]. I don't intend and I don't want kids to eat it...There are 78 million pot smokers out there (in the United States) ... That's who I'm going after."
Van Pelt also says heâ€™s considering legal action challenging the city's newfound law.
I still donâ€™t get it... And neither will curious kiddies (or potheads with sweet teeth) in Chicago -- stores selling the candy will face up to $500 fines, plus possible suspension / revocation of their business licenses.
According to CNN, other cities are thinking about banning the candy, too.
Laura Barcella is an Associate Editor at AlterNet.