Spreading around the country
Ring Pots? Candy cigarettes usurped by candy marijuana — trend worries parents,amuses others
If you thought that candy cigarettes encouraged bad behavior in children, wait until you hear about the marijuana-themed sweet treats.
Kalan LP, a Pennsylvania-based gag gift shop and confectionery, sells "Pothead Lollipops," "Ring Pots" and pot-shaped gummy candy as part of their Legalize It product line. The products have been stocked in approximately 1,000 stores around the country for more than six months.
"We don't advocate for a political position. We just look at what the marketplace wants and respond to it," owner Andrew Kalan said. "It's just candy. . . It's sour apple flavor, it doesn't claim to be pot in disguise or anything like that."
But parents, governmental officials and anti-drug activists disagree. They think that the sweets serve as a tasty "gateway drug," inviting and encouraging children to try the real thing.
Just as those powdery, sugary candy cigarettes taste nothing like menthols and Pixy Stixs are nothing like cocaine, adolescent apple-flavored-pot-candy munchers will be surprised if (or when) they have their first toke. A sugar high just isn't quite the same.