US Police Warn Parents To Check Sweets Ahead Of Halloween After Finding 'THC-Laced Candies'
The Johnstown Police Department issued a warning on social media warning parents to be vigilant after officers found 'Nerds Rope edibles containing 400mg of THC' while carrying out a search on a property in Stoney Creek Township.
A post from police read: "The Johnstown Police would like to draw extra attention to the Nerds Rope edibles containing 400mg of THC found during a search warrant in Stoney Creek Twp.
"During this Halloween, we urge parents to be ever vigilant in checking their children's candy before allowing them to consume those treats.
"Drug laced edibles are packaged like regular candy and may be hard to distinguish from the real candy."
The packaging on the edibles has warnings to 'keep out of reach of children and animals' as well as information explaining there is 400mg of THC per rope and has '60 minute activation time'.
Despite the police's warnings, it's important to point out there's no sign that anyone has attempted to give the edibles to children or had plans on doing so.
Ferrara Candy Company, which creates the Nerds sweets, issued a statement to CNN which read: "This product is counterfeit and in no way associated with Ferrara Candy Company. We want to reassure consumers that the Nerds products they find at major retailers across the country and at nerdscandy.com are safe to consume."
It went on to say it is 'working with the relevant authorities'.
In Pennsylvania, medical marijuana is legal for people living with a number of conditions, but isn't legal for recreational use - hence these 'Nerds Ropes' were hauled in by cops.
In June this year, a public health alert was issued in West Virginia relating to THC 'candies'.
United States Attorney Mike Stuart warned at the time: "It is packaged like candy. It looks like popular candy. It tastes like candy. But, instead, it is a very powerful and potent way to get high."
If you are concerned about little ones trick or treating, the Food and Drug Administration has issued some advice, such as making sure you check before your kids eat anything and not to eat anything that isn't commercially wrapped.
Featured Image Credit: Johnstown Police Department