SMH at these “Pot Pops” getting everyone’s panties in a lil bunch:
Candy shaped like marijuana that’s showing up on store shelves around the country won’t get kids high, but aghast city leaders and anti-drug activists say the product and grocers carrying it represent a new low. “We’re already dealing with a high amount of drug abuse and drug activity and trying to raise children so they don’t think using illegal substances is acceptable,” said City Councilmember Darius Pridgen. “So to have a licensed store sell candy to kids that depicts an illegal substance is just ignorant and irresponsible.”
The “Pothead Ring Pots,” “Pothead Lollipops” and bagged candy are distributed to retail stores by the novelty supply company Kalan LP of the Philadelphia suburb of Lansdowne. It also wholesales online for $1 for a lollipop and $1.50 for a package of three rings.
Company president Andrew Kalan said the candy, on the market six to nine months and in 1,000 stores around the country, promotes the legalization of marijuana.
“It does pretty well,” he said. “This is the first complaint I’ve heard,” Kalan said, “and people are usually not shy. I’m actually surprised this is the first.”
A spokesman for the Office of National Drug Control Policy said advocates for legalization who claim marijuana is benign are not supported by science. “Trivializing drug use is a threat to public health because it erodes perceptions of harm among young people,” said Rafael Lemaitre. Kalan said his company carries several products with the marijuana leaf and “legalize” message to accommodate growing demand in the movement to legalize marijuana.
“We don’t advocate for a political position. We just look at what the marketplace wants and respond to it,” the wholesaler said. “It’s just candy… It’s sour apple flavor, it doesn’t claim to be pot in disguise or anything like that.”
Yay or nay to these “Pot Pops”???