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Warning for Trick-Or-Treaters: beware of marijuana candy

For Immediate Release: October 26, 2017
Contact:  Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (856) 853-3395
Freeholder Jim Jefferson (856) 853-3384 

Warning for Trick-Or-Treaters: beware of marijuana candy 

(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Addictions Task Force, issued a warning today to parents and trick-or-treaters to beware of marijuana 'gummie' candy this Halloween.

Jefferson, who is also Liaison to the Department of Heath and Human Services said, "According to the state Department of Health there is a significant presence of marijuana candy and other edible forms in New Jersey and nearby states. The presence of these edible forms of marijuana poses a great risk to users, especially to children, who may accidently receive marijuana candy during Halloween."

Marijuana candy is illegal in New Jersey. It contains Tetrahydrocanna- binol (THC), which is the main active ingredient that causes a high. Marijuana candy often imitates hard or gummy candy or chocolate. THC levels in marijuana candy can be as high as 90.

Jefferson said, "Parents need to be aware and check for unusual candy packaging.  If they suspect their child has received marijuana candy they should immediately contact their local police department."

Because of the similarities between marijuana candy and brand name candy, it is often difficult to distinguish the difference based on appearance alone. In addition to the packaging, marijuana candy can have an odor similar to that of the marijuana plant.

Jefferson said, “We are aware that local police department's have been confiscating these candies so we want our parents and those who look after children to be vigilant in checking their children’s trick-or-treat candy.”

A public service brochure from the NJ Department of Health with photos of marijuana candy is attached.

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