Rural Illinois Sheriff Mistakes Halloween Candy for Cannabis


By Joan Eberhardt

Rural Illinois Sheriff Mistakes Halloween Candy for Cannabis

A sheriff in rural Illinois shared a warning to parents after four mysterious pieces of candy were found in a trick-or-treater’s bag. The candy, which featured pointed leaves on the wrapper, had “field tested” positive for cannabis, a press release said.

The candy was sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab, where it was found to contain no trace amounts of THC whatsoever and that it actually was an imported Japanese candy with a maple leaf motif on the wrapper.

Sheriff James Reed’s intention, he said, was to issue a warning to parents to inspect Halloween candy before allowing kids to dig in, which is a fair caution. “The product was not familiar to anyone in our local agencies and after attempts to locate it on the internet were unsuccessful, we decided to take precautionary measures,” Reed said in a press release.

While it goes without saying that you shouldn’t hand out controlled substances to toddlers on Halloween, police departments operating without full facts is also dangerous and should be avoided whenever possible.

Boston’s Archdiocese is Spending a Ton of Money Against Legal Cannabis

The Catholic Church in Boston is funding campaigns against cannabis legalization. The Boston Archdiocese, representing the interests of the Catholic Church in that city, has poured $850,000 into the coffers of the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts. The donation is part of a last-minute bid to defeat a state ballot measure that would create legal recreational use of cannabis in that state. The Archdiocese says legalizing cannabis would be a threat to its health and social service programs.

This donation represents about half the money the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts has available. Archdiocese spokesman Terrence Donilon told the Boston Globe “The more [Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley] thought about this and prayed about this, he thought this was the right thing to do because it directly impacts the people we’re trying to help.”

Cannabis Has a Minimal Effect on Public Health

A recent study looked at changes in public health before and after cannabis was made legal in four states. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington all have some degree of legal recreational adult use cannabis and each has put those laws into effects in recent years.

Researchers from  Harvard University and Western Carolina University looked at health and public safety outcomes in each of those states before and after cannabis was made legal, including drug use, suicide, substance abuse treatment admissions, crime rates and road safety.

Researchers determined “[S]tate marijuana legalization [laws] have had minimal effect on marijuana use and related outcomes. The absence of significant adverse consequences is especially striking given the sometimes dire predictions made by legalization opponents.” They did, however, note that cannabis sales have had a significant positive effect on generating tax revenue.

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