COLORADO: Just in time for Halloween, a Colorado company is releasing a home testing kit that allows parents to screen their kids’ candy for marijuana, CBS Denver reports. That comes on the heels of a local hospital and police department warning parents that edible marijuana products — which are now legal in Colorado — can easily be mistaken for Halloween candy.
“They need to look at every single piece of candy,” said Jill Boyle, the emergency room director at St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center, told reporter Brian Maass. The hospital recently launched an informational campaign urging parents to be “edible aware.”
“Edibles have a large amount of THC in them,” Boyle said, referring to the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. “We don’t want our children getting a hold of that and being critically ill.”
Last week, concern about the effect on children prompted Colorado health officials to propose a ban on many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies, limiting legal sales of pot-infused food to lozenges and some liquids.