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California AG, Other States Warn Public Not to Eat Popular Snacks Containing Illegal Pot

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 08: Snack food is displayed inside a grocery store February 8, 2006 in New York City. A new U.S. government study on nutrition has found that, contrary to popular opinion, a low fat diet does not appear to reduce the risk of cancer or heart disease. The $415 million study involved nearly 49,000 women aged between 50 and 79 who were followed for a period of eight years. In the end, those on a low-fat diet had the same rates of breast cancer, colon cancer, heart attacks and strokes as those who ate whatever they liked. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The California Attorney General has warned parents about cannabis goods that might be mistaken for conventional confectionery and snacks. According to the Associated Press, California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a public advisory regarding edibles being offered online and at unlicensed stores in the state that often contain high doses of THC.

The report added that manufacturers hide the illicit cannabis in Doritos, Oreos, Sour Patch Kids, and other junk food items. Bonta said a replica bag of Doritos has an unsubstantiated 600 milligrams of THC each bag, much more than the 100 milligrams per item permitted by California law.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 07: A cannabis plant grows in the Amsterdam Cannabis College, a nonprofit charitable organization that gives information on cannabis and hemp use on February 7, 2007 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city council in Amsterdam has recently voted in favor of introducing a citywide ban on smoking marijuana in public areas. A successful trial ban in the De Baarsjes district of Amsterdam has been declared a success after a reduction in anti-social behavior. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

California AG Says Unregulated Cannabis Intake Could Harm Kids

While cannabis-infused delicacies disguised as our favorite brands may seem safe and entertaining, Bonta said in a CBS San Francisco article that the risks of eating unregulated and untested cannabis products are too strong for children and teenagers.

He said that the goods pose a danger to adults, too. According to Bonta, these items are untested and uncontrolled. He added that the appealing packaging might tempt teenagers into buying in the illegal cannabis market. Small children might consume them without realizing what they are eating, Bonta pointed out.

People looking for legal cannabis goods in California should seek the official cannabis symbol. The logo looks like a triangle with a marijuana leaf and an exclamation point within it and the letters CA printed beneath it, according to Bonta.

The California Attorney General urged consumers who stumble encounter counterfeit cannabis-infused edibles to report them to the state’s Department of Cannabis Control online. Attorneys General in Arkansas, Connecticut (via NBC Connecticut), New YorkOhio have issued similar warnings to parents during the Halloween season.

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Other Risks of Taking Illegal Cannabis

THC is the component of cannabis that causes users to get “high,” According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, ingesting the chemical via food or drink items increases the risk of poisoning, particularly in teenagers.

In recent years, California has seen increased emergency care visits linked to cannabis poisoning among young children. In 2016, roughly 21 visits per 1 million Californians under the age of 5 were recorded. According to the state Attorney General’s office, there were around 113 visits per 1 million Californians in 2020.

According to Bonta, people who stumble encounter counterfeit cannabis-infused edibles should register reports with the state Department of Cannabis Control online.

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