Kennewick Police Seize Cannabis Candy
The Kennewick Police Department seized large amounts of marijuana-laced candy during a routine traffic stop on Friday.
Though marijuana is legal in the state of Washington, a person must be 21-years of age and can only buy it in restricted amounts. For edibles, adults can purchase up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles in solid form. But police say, this does not mean edibles can be made and distributed without regulations.
KPD Sergeant Ken Lattin asserts that marijuana is legal, along with tobacco and alcohol, but there are still laws regulating the use of these substances." We regulate them for the protection of the legitimate businesses out there they are taxed. They are regulated, that means that people can't just go out and make their own," says Lattin.
Consuming THC in large amounts is also associated with health risks for both adults and children. Kathleen Clary-Cooke with the Benton-Franklin Health District says she is most concerned about children consuming marijuana edibles that appear to be sweet treats.
“Candy is very appealing to kids. What kid, upon finding a small baggy of gummy worms wouldn’t go ahead and eat it?” says Clary-Cooke.
The health district warns parents to treat marijuana edibles like they would prescription drugs, keeping them hidden and out of reach of children. Officials say to contact the Washington Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 if side effects occur.