LIHUE – Kauai Police Department officials say they are urging parents to inspect all Halloween candy as a matter of precaution.
The warning, law enforcement officials say, is partially due to a marijuana-coated candy that is gaining popularity in states where marijuana and marijuana edibles are now legal.
“While it is highly unlikely that a child on Kauai will receive this candy while trick-or-treating, it is an important reminder to parents to be vigilant about what’s being made available to our youngsters, not just on Halloween, but every day,” Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry wrote in a statement.
It is currently illegal to consume non-medicinal marijuana in Hawaii.
Marijuana edibles, he said, are especially difficult to detect, since most of them are candies bought off the shelf and then sprayed with a hash oil. Once the oil dries, there is almost no physical distinction between the original product and the one that has been altered.
“The fact that these candies are illegal here in the state of Hawaii does not prevent it from getting into the hands of our keiki,” Perry said.
As a safety precaution, police officials say parents should discard any candy that is not in its original packaging.