Parents warned to check their children’s Halloween candy after police found treats laced with 400mg of THC in Pennsylvania

Parents, be careful when you’re stocking your cabinets with Halloween treats. Police are recommending to take a closer look when you’re buying candy. This happened after they found a stash of drug-laced Nerds Rope in Pennsylvania.

The official warning was posted on the Johnstown Police’s Facebook page.

They showed photos of the edibles, mixed with 400mg of THC, that were found during a recent search in Stoney Creek Township.

The police warned:

“During this Halloween, we urge parents to be ever vigilant in checking their children’s candy before allowing them to consume those treats.” 

They added:

“Drug laced edibles are package like regular candy and may be hard to distinguish from the real candy.”

The pictures that Johnstown Police shared, show the disguised THC wrapped in red and yellow packaging. They look just like the drug-free version of the candy Nerds Rope, from the candy manufacturer Ferrara Candy.

In an official statement to CBS News, the candy company dissociated itself from the illegal laced product.

“This product is counterfeit and in no way associated with Ferrara Candy Company. We want to reassure consumers that the products they find at major retailers across the country are safe for them to consume.”

If you take a closer look at the drug-laced stash the police found, you would indeed see some key differences.

The first thing that pops up is the big marking saying ‘400 mg THC per rope’.

There is also a ‘Keep out f reach of children and animals’ warning sign.

Credit: Johnstown Police Department

THC is the psychoactive substance in marijuana that gives people the feeling of being high.

Usually, it is meant to be smoked but it can also be found in oils, edibles, and capsules. The use of THC in Pennsylvania is legal, but only for treating certain medical conditions. It is not legalized for recreational use.

Along with the police warnings, there has been issued a list of Halloween food safety tips from the Food and Drug Administration. The most important advice they give to parents is not to let their kids eat from their candy until they get home and an adult can inspect it.

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