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Drug Raiders Face a New Problem As Marijuana Gets Added in Eatables

For the police, edible marijuana is the latest challenge faced by the police in terms of confiscation. Ranging from cookies to lollipops and brownies to gummy bears, the police are dealing with sweets made from the plant itself, said the New York Times on Saturday.

Seeing More Marijuana Edibles, Police Learn To Identify Pot Candies And Sweets Photo Credit: Google Images

Seeing More Marijuana Edibles, Police Learn To Identify Pot Candies And Sweets
Photo Credit: Google Images

One of the reasons for the increasing popularity is the legalization of use of marijuana for recreational purposes in states of Washington and Colorado, according to state officials and law enforcement lawyers and other experts interviewed by the Times.

Identification of these goods is somewhat an unusual task but the drug enforcement officials and the police have started considering candies and snacks which are deceptively innocent, but might contain marijuana.

In February, police in San Antonio seized about $100 worth of edibles, including brownies, gummies and chocolate. Investigators said many of the products had been manufactured in states where marijuana is legal, then shipped to and sold in states where it is not.

An even larger bust took place in the same month in Franklin Township, Ohio, where a country drug task force raided five location and seized more than 1 million worth of marijuana plants, hashish oil and butter, and eatables ranging from brownies to fudge and other candies, reported the Hamilton Journal News.

Those who are against legalizing marijuana have cited edibles as a prime culprit for excessive or accidental use of the drug. In Colorado in the first half of 2014, the children went to hospitals accidentally eating these products, whereas just eight went in all of 2013, as suggested by reports.

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