Cannabis infused edibles have made their way to Texas, and no the sky is not falling. A recent news report out of the DFW area would have you believing otherwise though.
The article, entitled “Marijuana Found in Sweet Treats, Other Edibles Out of Colorado” reports that police in Corinth are now having to fight the drug war not only along the border with Mexico, but now the state line as well to combat cannabis coming in from states which have legalized the plant.
Also on tap for this article is the ever present fear mongering concerning kids. They go so far as to out and out state that the edibles found, including gummy bears, taffy, sodas, and other edibles are intended to target children so that they can get high right in front of their teachers and parents.
It says that investigators are already trolling social media sites to see if they can find anyone seeking out these edibles locally.
Previous efforts to combat marijuana have been a spectacular failure, and policing the edibles will prove to be an even bigger failure.
The truth of the matter is that these edibles are not intended to target children. There is no evil conspiracy to get kids high covertly. The simple fact is that adults love a variety of ways to consume cannabis, and this is a much healthier alternative to smoking.
The driving force which gives kids access to these sort of things is prohibition, keeping things in the dark, denying people open access to information, and ensuring that all of the perils associated with a black market are present.
One fact which will help parents rest a bit easier is that due to the non-toxic nature of cannabis, children who do end up consuming these edibles cannot die from ingesting them.
Only through legalization and openness can we better ensure that parents are informed and equipped to know what their kids are doing, and see to it that children are less likely to get their hands on substances they shouldn’t be consuming. This also has the added bonus of allowing our police officers to better focus their time and resources on other matters.
By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com