Parents in New York are being warned about marijuana products that children might believe are candy or snacks. On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, New York State Attorney General Letitia James put parents on alert. The packaging of the products (see below) looks like popular snacks that children and teens eat. However, they contain cannabis and TCH. The products in question are illegal in New York, which could put kids in danger. These products are widely available online, so parents should be aware of their children ordering any of them.

Attorney General James warns of the potential dangers of the products to young New Yorkers,

“These unregulated and deceptive cannabis products will only confuse and harm New Yorkers, which is why they have no place in our state. It is essential that we limit their access to protect our communities and, more specifically, our children. In light of an increase in accidental overdoses among children nationwide, it is more vital than ever that we do everything we can to curb this crisis and prevent any further harm, or even worse, death. My office is committed to preventing the sale of these products and protecting the wellbeing of all New Yorkers. I urge everyone to remain vigilant against these products and to report these harmful items to my office immediately.”

 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security cautions parents that these products can cause overdoses in children. Last year more than 70 percent of calls to the Poison Control Center involved children under the age of 5 ingesting cannabis edibles. For instance, the cannabis Cheetohs look-a-like product below contains 600 milligrams of THC, which is 120 times the adult limit in most states where recreational adult marijuana use is legal. If a child unknowingly consumed an entire bag, they could very easily suffer an overdose.

If you need to file a complaint about any deceptive marijuana products that your child has come in contact with, you file it here or call the OAG at (800) 428-9071.

New York Office of the Attorney General
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