Remember those candy cigarettes back in the day? I sure do. I used to buy them from the ice cream truck, put them to my lips and pretend they were the real thing. That was back in the day when the Marlborough Man was still king and Joe Camel was popping up all across magazines. But these days, after years of anti-smoking campaigns and public health officials educating us about the dangerous effects of smoking, those sorts of images don’t exist. But, a new candy is trying to take its place.
Enter “Pothead Ring Pots” and “Pothead Lollipops” which are marijuana-shaped candy for adults. But of course, like anything sold in the mass market, kids have gotten their hands on the sour candies, and some parents are worried it could introduce them to the real thing.
Darius Pridgen, a Buffalo, NY Councilmember thinks “Pothead” candy isn’t just tacky, but also dangerous. He told the Associated Press: “We’re already dealing with a high amount of drug abuse and drug activity and trying to raise children so they don’t think using illegal substances is acceptable. So to have a licensed store sell candy to kids that depicts an illegal substance is just ignorant and irresponsible.”
Of course, “Potheads” creator Kalan LP, feels differently. Company president Andrew Kalan says his company’s candy is targeted at adults and aims to promote the legalization of marijuana. Despite being on shelves for nearly a year, Kalan says Councilmen Pridgen’s complaints are the first he’s received.
After a parent brought the candy to his attention, the Councilman sprang into action. Just days after raising the alarm about “Potheads” candy, it couldn’t be found in Buffalo-area stores, many of which were in low-income neighborhoods in which drugs are a serious issue.
Whether or not drug-themed candy encourages kids to use the real thing is unclear, but one thing is certain, parents in Buffalo have spoken and they’ve decided “Potheads” candies are an epic fail.
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