News flash: Sour apple is not Mary Jane.

Legalize it. We’ve all heard it said many a time, and the controversies that follow. One of the latest issues that has been in the news is about candy shaped like marijuana. No, it doesn’t actually have any pot in it, but that hasn’t stopped concerned parents, city leaders and anti-drug activists in Buffalo, N.Y. from protesting its sale in stores.

It’s not shocking that there has been backlash against the candy, but it is kind of out of the blue considering how long it has been out. With names like “Pothead Sour Gummy Candy,” “Pothead Lollipops,” and “Pothead Ring Pots,” you would think the backlash would have happened much sooner.

The issue seems a little ridiculous to me. It’s easy to understand the concerns of promoting the use of illegal drugs in everyday grocery or candy stores. However, these candies are being sold in novelty stores by a novelty supply company. Let’s be real, if you are against your kid purchasing candy that may or may not prompt them to begin illegal drug use, you probably should be making sure they don’t go into the stores selling them in the first place. That’s between you and your child, not companies like Kalan LP who are upfront about the kind of items they sell.

Based on what I’ve read, it seems the product people are actually concerned with is the synthetic marijuana K2, not Pothead candy. If that’s the case, then lay off. The sales location is appropriate; it’s not going to convince your kid to smoke pot any more than any other products on the market.

-Erin Elzo

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