Those poor Chicago potheads
Strangely humorous: Chicago has banned the sale of marijuana-flavored candies Ã¢â‚¬â€ sold nationwide under brand names such as Rasta, Chronic, and Purple Haze.
The lollipops, gumdrops and other sweets donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t contain any actual ganja Ã¢â‚¬â€ nary a drop of the mind-altering herb Ã¢â‚¬â€ but they derive their authentic pot flavor from (legal) hemp oil.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d never seen or heard of these candies until now, and I simply canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wrap my brain around the idea of this stuff. What genius came up with it? WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s next Ã¢â‚¬â€ coke-flavored nose spray? Meth-tinged breath mints? Why would anyone want to eat pot? It doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re talking about Ã¢â‚¬â€ yÃ¢â‚¬â„¢know, generally made for children, marketed to children Ã¢â‚¬â€ bought by and for children. But Tony Van Pelt, president of Chronic Candy, claims his sweets are Ã¢â‚¬Å“adult 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 heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s considering legal action challenging the city's newfound law.
I still donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.