Will candy fashioned to look like a marijuana leaf make your kids more likely to smoke actual marijuana? Do you really want to find out?
When I was a kid I used to love the cylinder-shaped gum rolled in white paper and boxed in rectangular-shaped packs that looked exactly like cigarettes. If you blew out on the end, a tiny plume of sugar even flew out of the tip, just like actual smoke. And guess what? Eventually I started smoking cigarettes (although thankfully, I’ve long since kicked the habit). Was it the gum that made me start? I can’t say for sure, but I sure thought it was cool to pretend I was smoking.
The current candy in question, Pothead Ring Pops, Pothead Sour Gummies and Pothead Lollipops, is shaped like a marijuana leaf, not a joint (and contains no actual marijuana). But still. Clearly the kids who are buying and eating the candy think there’s a cool association with the real thing. And the president of the company who makes the candy even admits it’s meant to promote the legalization of marijuana, according to Fox News.
The packaging contains the word “Legalize” as well as a picture of peace-sign-wearing, joint-smoking hippie.
We can debate whether marijuana should or shouldn’t be legalized. But the fact remains that it’s currently illegal. And regardless of that fact (or in addition to it), I wouldn’t want my kids smoking anything or having a good (tasty?) association with anything that’s smokable — legal or otherwise. I also don’t think kids should have any part in the debate over the legalization of marijuana.
I’d hate to think any store near me might be selling this candy. If they did, I can tell you that my family would not be frequenting it. There are novelty items, and then there are items that are just plain inappropriate.
Would you care if your kids came home with a Pothead Ring Pop?