PSP Warning Parents of Marijuana Candy

DICKSON CITY -- It's not uncommon for parents to worry about their children's safety on Halloween night. This year, Pennsylvania State Police are warning parents about something new, and it involves marijuana-infused candy.

The Halloween displays were being taken down and the shelves were nearly empty at Spirit Halloween in Dickson City, but people were still shopping for last-minute costumes Monday morning. Parents there say they are preparing for a busy night of Trick-or-Treating.

"I've heard a lot of horror stories, so it is scary," Katelyn Jones of Tunkhannock said.

Pennsylvania State Police are warning parents about multiple reports recently in New Jersey and nearby states of edible forms of marijuana, appearing like snacks and candy.

"I read that on Facebook, but I think it's silly. Who would openly give out their edibles? That's expensive," Amber Boone of Scranton said.

Boone has three kids; she kept them from trick-or-treating last year for safety concerns and has not decided if they will go this year.

Jones has a 7-month-old baby girl, so this is not something she has to worry about this year but she is concerned as a mom that marijuana candy is an issue at all.

"Very sickening, very very sickening. It's a bad world nowadays," Jones said.

State police are warning parents that marijuana candy can come in many forms including cookies, brownies, and lollipops. They say to look out for things like homemade packaging and plastic bags. They also say, this year, parents should not just be looking at the candy, but smelling it too.

"It's nuts that you even have to worry about something like that at such a young age for them," Holly Mancuso of Peckville said.

Police say a 10-year-old boy from New York was hospitalized earlier this year after he ingested marijuana-infused gummy candy and they recommend you take precaution this Halloween night.

"I take all their candy and then I check it then we just place it in a big pot," Boone said.

"We sit and we look at what they get so if we see anything odd we obviously won't let them eat it," Mancuso added.

33 comments

  • The Truth

    Nowhere in this story do the say that marijuana candy is being handed out on Halloween. Including the 10 year old boy that was hospitalized earlier this year. EARLIER THIS YEAR was not Halloween. This story is all smoke and mirrors. If you think they are telling you that drugs have been handed out on Halloween then read it again. Nice trick WNEP.

    • warningfakenews

      It’s part of the nanny-state. It’s like those endless PSAs telling kids to keep away from the mail trucks, telling you that you have “pre-diabetes”, that you need to get checked for colo-rectal cancer, and which light bulbs you should have in your house. Radio stations run them to keep the feds off their backs, but I turn off the volume. Often times, I forget to turn it back up. That’s a bonus.

      Oh, and for all the seat belt education? The number one killer of cops – crashes. And guess who RARELY wears seat belts… almost never- as a group?

  • 🤔

    I find it repulsive that people would actually hand out crap like that to children. It’s certainly not funny or anything to joke about. I’m glad we don’t take our children trick or treating. ( No we’re not Jehovah’s witnesses) It’s an evil holiday and nothing else. I’ll take Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Those are actually holidays!

    • ain'ta or no

      Christmas was illegal until the late 1800 as it was considered an ancient pagan holiday. Halloween isn’t evil you fool. People are.

      • 🤔

        I’m not a fool. My family knows what Christmas is truly about. The birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. That’s why we celebrate it. So I’m no fool. It became a pagan holidaybecause of the worship they were doing. So who’s the fool now?

      • 🤔

        I’m not a fool. My family knows what Christmas is truly about. The birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. That’s why we celebrate it. So I’m no fool. It became a pagan holidaybecause of the worship they were doing. So who’s the fool now? And if you truly understood the spiritual end of it, then you’d get why Halloween is evil.

      • Natalis Invicti

        You would still be the fool. It is believed that Christ Jesus was born in April or March, but scholars still debate this today. His birth is celebrated to correlate with the ancient Roman solar feast of Natalis Invicti which falls on December 25 to note the passing of the solstice.

        If you are unaware of ancient history, don’t pretend that you are an expert. You absolutely DO make yourself look stupid and it reflects poorly on the those of us who are far more educated on these matters than you are.

  • warningfakenews

    Every responsible parent will always insist on a careful examination of the candy before the child eats any of it.

    How else are we to get the really good candy for ourselves?

  • adalagarzi

    This is an outrage! In fact, I think we need to work together to find out which neighborhood plans on handing out the evil marijuana candies, and trick-or-treat there ourselves before the kids do!… to save the kids and stuff…

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Why the big warning? Becoming legal in other states.

    Grow factories springing up all over Pa.
    Hell, some of these sugar crazed kids could use a good hash brownie. Maybe get a good nights sleep!

      • El Ma

        I used to think I was a liberal when I was in my 20’s. Then, I went to work, had a family, and saw how it really was. Man, that’s a wake-up call.

      • Lloyd Schmucatelli

        That’s right El Ma. Me too.

        Winston Churchill said if your a conservative when you’re young, you have no heart. If you’re a liberal when you’re old, you have no brains.

    • I know all about you, Steve.

      You’re disgusting. Go crawl back under your rock on Parsonage Street or wherever you live.

  • whatever831

    The kid probably ingested some of mommy and daddy’s stash and blamed it on trick or treating so they didn’t get in trouble. I mean, come on???!!!??!! Who buys this crap?

  • Token Black Commenter

    “Police say a 10-year-old boy from New York was hospitalized earlier this year after he ingested marijuana-infused gummy candy…”

    … for uncontrollable giggling. I’m sure he recovered.

    • El Ma

      Hospitalized? How many gummies did that kid eat, anyway? I don’t think it was the marijuana that kicked his butt – it was likely the gummy candies. Eat enough of those, and you’ll blow them out of your………….particularly, the sugar-free variety. Haribo sugarless gummies = colon cleanse.

  • Gram 1969

    My parents NEVER had to worry about these things when we grew up in the 50s ! How I miss the better safer times of ” the good old days ” ! Some people might criticize that but you just wouldn’t know unless you lived back in then ? I feel sorry for the young parents & children now because the innocence of how life was is gone – can only be very cautious & have private parties or safe havens to let your children enjoy these times ? It’s very sad to say it just isn’t a safe world anymore !

    • Jared

      Yes, you had to have actually have lived during those times to appreciate how different things are now. It’s like trying to explain color to a blind man.

      • adalagarzi

        I’m all for the legalization of the Tangerine Green, but they have merit to worry about it being handed to kids. From what I understand, it has certain affects on teenagers, let alone children.

      • Gram 1969

        Thats part of this whole problem INCLUDING PEOPLE LIKE YOU WITH LOUSY DISRESPECTFUL ATTITUDES- I don’t know you or you know me but just by your comment I’m certain you are a ” wonderful thoughtful person” – NOT !! So I’m assuming you approve of handing out marijuana laced candy to children? Aren’t you sweet ???

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