Use of edible Marijuana is increasing across US and the seriousness of the situation can be gauged from the fact that there has been a massive increase in police seizure of edible marijuana across the country.
Pot edibles as they are known is much easier to smuggle than marijuana buds for the simple reason that they can resemble anything- lollypops, candies, or just home baked goodies and worse they do not have any tell tale smell. Few officers are in fact trained to detect dope from gummy bears, mints or neon colored drinks.
Experts are already ringing the alarm bell. Many feel these deceptive pot edibles will appeal teens and adolescents and are ill prepared for the slow high. Novices could eat too much, too fast and suffer from anxiety attacks and symptoms resembling psychosis..
Robert J. MacCoun, a professor of law at Stanford who recently co-wrote an editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine urging stronger regulation of pot edibles said, “Citizens in no legalization states are far less likely to be receiving those messages, so their risks are probably greater.”
There are no data about the actual amount of pot edibles which are being trafficked across the states. Police and enforcement agencies are seizing increasing amounts in the past year. The quantities clearly hint that there is an ever increasing demand for these substances.
Some of the major seizures include-
- 400 pounds of commercially made marijuana chocolate seized by Missouri troopers in February and driver arrested
- 80 pounds of homemade marijuana sweets were seized by New Jersey state police last month from car of a Brooklyn man
- 40 pounds of commercial marijuana products were seized by Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in July. It included toffee like Cheeba Chews and bottles of cannabis lemonade
Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs said, “There’s no doubt there’s a growing market for edible marijuana products.”
Edibles are important in a commercial sense for marijuana entrepreneurs. Early only the marijuana buds were commercially important and rest of the plant was discarded. Today with an extraction machine the entire plant can be used by makers of edible products.