Thursday, May 8, 2008

"Every lick is like taking a hit."


Have you had your Kronic Kandy (or Chronic Candy…two different companies) today? What about your Pot Sucker? Marijuana flavored lollipops are apparently the new thing to buy when you run to the convenience store. These candies are supposed to be a “part of a lifestyle, like hip hop and rap music,” according to the President of Hydro Blunts, the company that produces Kronic Kandy.

The Marketing Director for Chronic Candy says that the candies are specifically for the “70 million people in the United States who smoke marijuana.” What they don’t realize though is that this 70 million includes a lot of children. I’m not judging anybody that smokes weed or does any other drug, do what you do, but do it when you’re old enough to make conscious decisions. However, when Purple Haze, Acapulco Gold and Rasta flavored suckers are available for ANYONE to buy from the corner store, it’s a major problem.

With these candies being sold at convenience stores in minority communities, the sale of them basically went under the radar. Recently however, Georgia lawmakers caught wind of this trend and put a stop to it. Starting July 1, 2008, people under the age of 18 will be prohibited from buying these candies, much like cigarettes. As of now, Georgia is the only state to ban the sale of the candy to minors, but that doesn’t mean it was an easy process. One of the State Representatives in favor of the ban, Judy Manning, got death threats over the bill when it was presented to state legislature.

At the end of the day, the candy has no ill health effects. The ingredient that gives it the marijuana flavor is hemp oil, and that’s used in a bunch of everyday goods including hair and beauty products. My main beef is that it’s available for my 9 year old cousin to go buy if she has a dollar. The companies selling the candies say they encourage all the stores that sell it to only give it to consumers who are 18 and older, but with a slogan like “Every lick is like taking a hit,” they’re encouraging a lot more people than they care to admit to.

-Ant

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