A new kind of candy called "Pothead Ring Pots", similar to the classic favorite Ring Pops, is causing quite a stir in Buffalo, New York!
The marijuana-themed candy, that also comes in gummy and lollipop form, is being called "ignorant and irresponsible" by City Councilmember Darius Pridgen, who explains:
"We're already dealing with a high amount of drug abuse and drug activity and trying to raise children so they don't think using illegal substances is acceptable. So to have a licensed store sell candy to kids that depicts an illegal substance is just ignorant and irresponsible."
The package (above) clearly promotes legalizing marijuana and has been on the market for six to nine months in 1,000 stores, but the company behind the product says this is the first complaint they have heard.
Andrew Kalan, president of Philadelphia area company Kalan LP, says:
"It does pretty well. This is the first complaint I've heard and people are usually not shy. I'm actually surprised this is the first."
While one would think motives behind the package's "legalize it" message are obviously political, Kalan swears they are purely profitable, explaining:
"We don't advocate for a political position. We just look at what the marketplace wants and respond to it. It's just candy… It's sour apple flavor, it doesn't claim to be pot in disguise or anything like that."
Regardless of the ingredients, others think the candy will rot more than just children's teeth! A spokesman for the Office of National Drug Control Policy said:
"Trivializing drug use is a threat to public health because it erodes perceptions of harm among young people."
We understand parents and city officials concerns of a product undermining their authority. However, we feel compelled to point out that this is a risk that comes with capitalism and our first amendment right to free speech.
Sometimes you'll like what you see on the shelves and sometimes you won't. They have the right to make pot pops as much as you have the right to complain about it.
The candy, while suggestive, isn't marijuana and doesn't administer any kind of the affects marijuana does. In fact, it's still a heck of a lot safer than smoking cigarettes!
If parents have a problem with what kind of candy their kids are eating, we suggest sitting down and talking to them about it. For all we know, this stuff could taste really good! LOLz!
Educate your kids about drugs so they can tell the difference between candy and the real thing!