LIHUE – Police are urging parents to inspect Halloween candy. The warning is in part due to a marijuana-coated candy that is gaining popularity in states where marijuana and marijuana edibles are 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,” said Police Chief Darryl Perry.
Local law enforcement agencies are reminding residents that it is illegal to consume non-medicinal marijuana in Hawaii.
“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.
Marijuana edibles are especially difficult to detect as 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’s been altered.
Parents should dispose of any candy that is not in its original packaging.