Didn’t even know they made this stuff.
“At Tuesday’s meeting, Mami-Dade Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution “condemning the sale of potheads candy at local stores.”
The item, sponsored by Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, urges retailers, with the exception of adult novelty stores, to remove these controversial candies popular among youths.
“Pothead candy” are sour apple-flavored lollipops or ring pops that are shaped like marijuana leaves.
The candy’s packaging depicts an obviously high cartoon figure holding up a peace sign with a marijuana cigarette in his mouth. Marijuana leaves are also all over the bag with the word “legalize” emblazoned in large lettering across the package.
They are distributed to retail stores by the novelty supply company Kalan LP, Lansdowne, Pa.
Diaz’s resolution asked the full board to condemn the sale of “potheads candy” and urges retail stores, with the exception of adult novelty stores, to stop selling the “product to children and remove it from its shelves.”
“Although the product itself has no cannabis or illegal substances, the fact remains that ‘potheads candy’ sends the wrong message to children. The manufacturer is glamorizing marijuana and is obviously targeting minors with the cartoon depictions on the packaging,” Diaz said.
Diaz is not the first public official in the country to go after potheads candy. Last week, city council members in Buffalo, N.Y. made a similar complaint to the candy wholesaler.
Company president Andrew Kalan said the candy, on the market six to nine months and in 1,000 stores around the country, “does pretty well,” he told The Associated Press.
“We don’t advocate for a political position,” Kalan said. “We just look at what the marketplace wants and respond to it,” the wholesaler said. “It’s just candy… It’s sour apple flavor, it doesn’t claim to be pot in disguise or anything like that.”
Kalan could not be reached for comment on Monday.
A copy of the resolution will now be sent to the Florida Congressional Delegation, Miami-Dade County State Legislation Delegation, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Florida Retail Federation and the candy’s manufacturer.