Georgia bans 'pot candy' for minors

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The term 'gateway drug' is used to describe certain lower classed drugs that some believe can lead users to harder, more dangerous drugs. Marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes are all considered by some to be gateway drugs. But lawmakers in Georgia believe there is such a thing as 'gateway candy' and have moved to ban the sale of such confections to minors.

The candies in question are marijuana flavored and lawmakers believe that selling them to underage kids promotes the use of drugs. But this week, Georgia governor Sonny Perdue signed into law a measure that makes it illegal for retailers to sell marijuana flavored candy and other products to anyone under the age of eighteen. The new law takes effect July 1 and anyone found guilty of breaking it will be fined $500.

These candies are sold under names like "Kronic Kandy" and "Pot Suckers" and are usually flavored with hemp essential oil, which is legal. This gives the taste of marijuana without the intoxicating effects.

I had no idea such a candy existed, but according to Senator Doug Stoner (is that his real name?!), that may be because of who I am and where I live. "I don't think that folks are aware this is going on," he says. "It's mainly, from what I can tell, particularly targeted to minority communities."

My first reaction to this story is one of total agreement. Why on earth should a child be eating candy that exists for the sole purpose of imitating the taste of an illegal drug? But then again, why should that candy even exist in the first place?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.