This is an opinion piece written by Jonathan Jiles. It does not represent the views of AllOnGeorgia, but only of the author.
Fall is upon us. Across the state and nation this weekend, churches and civic organizations will hold Fall Festivals, “Trunk or Treats” and other Halloween related festivities for kids. Much candy will be given out, costumes will be worn, photos will be taken and a good time will be had by all.
On Tuesday, kids will take to the streets, Trick or Treating, though in far fewer numbers than years ago.
There’s another, different phenomenon that will occur (and has already begun). Law Enforcement agencies will begin releasing pressers, and news reports will begin to report them, filled with cautionary tales of “Marijuana laced gummy bears” and “Ecstasy that looks like candy!”
Just how big of an issue is this, though? Every year we are warned about drug users nefariously putting pot candies and now Ecstasy pills into children’s Halloween candy. Has this ever happened? A Google search returns urban legends but no factual reports. CDC data on this issue is just as absent. So why do we do it every year? Who is behind this narrative and why is it so prevalent? I spoke to Tom McCain, executive Director of Peachtree NORML and retired law enforcement officer, to get his take. “In the entire time I was a law enforcement officer, I never heard a report of drug-laced Halloween candy being given to children”, McCain said. “Neither of the agencies I worked with put these type of press releases out. While I think it’s a very proper thing for parents to check their children’s Halloween loot, what I’ve found is that there’s no basis in fact to these claims. I don’t know who is pushing the narrative, but the word Prohibitionists comes to mind.”
Now, I happen to have friends in “high” places (Denver CO, to be exact) so I decided to obtain some visual evidence of what exactly this endeavor to feed children THC gummies would cost. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
$1 per gummy, and these are the lower prices, lower potency gummies. $23 for a single package of THC gummies, and that is in a legal state. Here in Georgia, those numbers are even higher, running from $5-$15 per gummy. Ecstasy pills are even more expensive. According to law enforcement sources we spoke to, Ecstasy pills can run as high as $35 per pill. While everyone wants their children to be safe, do we REALLY think that drug users are looking to just give away expensive drugs to your children? I don’t think so.
What are your thoughts?