Illegal Pot Edibles Are Packaged as Name-Brand Snacks

California warns about potent cannabis products: 'These Aren’t Doritos'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 28, 2021 5:31 PM CDT
Illegal Pot Edibles Are Packaged as Name-Brand Snacks
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California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a consumer alert Thursday about illegal, potent cannabis edibles for sale that are being packaged to look like snack and candy brands popular with children and teens. The edibles are being sold online and at California unlicensed shops, the AP reports. They often contain levels of THC, the main intoxicating chemical in cannabis, that are many times higher than the legal limit or contain highly toxic synthetic cannabinoids, Bonta said.

"These aren't Doritos, these are not Sour Patch Kids, these are not Oreos," Bonta said. "They are unregulated and untested cannabis products sold by unlicensed manufacturers and marketed to underage Californians." A copycat bag of Doritos, for example, has an unverified 600 milligrams of THC in a single bag, much higher than the 100 milligrams per package allowed by California law, he said. "While cannabis-infused edibles packaged to look like our favorite brands may seem harmless and fun, the dangers of consuming unregulated and untested cannabis products are high, particularly for children and teens," Bonta said.

People who want to verify legal cannabis products in California can look for the universal symbol for cannabis—a triangle with a marijuana leaf and an exclamation point inside it and CA, for California, written underneath it. "If you see indications of copycat packaging or do not see the universal symbol, the product is illicit and may be dangerous," he said. The products also pose a risk for adults because they are untested and unregulated, the attorney general said. California has experienced a rise in emergency room visits in recent years related to cannabis poisoning among young children.

(Read more cannabis stories.)

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