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Those poor Chicago potheads

The city has banned the sale of marijuana-flavored candy -- commonly marketed under brand names such as Chronic, Rasta and Purple Haze. Weird.
Strangely humorous: Chicago has banned the sale of marijuana-flavored candies — sold nationwide under brand names such as Rasta, Chronic, and Purple Haze.

The lollipops, gumdrops and other sweets don’t contain any actual ganja — nary a drop of the mind-altering herb — but they derive their authentic pot flavor from (legal) hemp oil.

I’d never seen or heard of these candies until now, and I simply can’t wrap my brain around the idea of this stuff. What genius came up with it? What’s next — coke-flavored nose spray? Meth-tinged breath mints? Why would anyone want to eat pot? It doesn’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 we’re talking about — y’know, generally made for children, marketed to children — bought by and for children. But Tony Van Pelt, president of Chronic Candy, claims his sweets are “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 he’s considering legal action challenging the city's newfound law.

I still don’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.
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