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Edible or candy? NC Attorney General wants to better differentiate companies

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein wants lawmakers to crack down on manufacturers of THC edibles that may be targeting children.

According to Stein’s office, some manufacturers design their products and packaging to look like snack items popular with children. His office said these “copycat THC sellers” increased accidental THC use in children.

how big is the problem

In an alert earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration said that from January 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022, it received information about more than 125 children and adults who experienced some type of side effect from THC foods.

The FDA said some of those effects included hallucinations, increased heart rate, and vomiting, and many required medical intervention or hospitalization. The FDA also said, “10 of the reports specifically mention that the edible product is a copycat of popular foods like Cocoa Pebbles, Gushers, Nerds Rope, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, and Starbursts.”

The FDA also said that between those dates, national poison control centers received 10,448 calls for single substance exposure cases involving only THC-containing edible products. From these cases

  • 77% involved patients aged 19 years or younger
  • 65% were unintentionally exposed to edible products containing THC
  • 91% of accidental exposures involved children
  • 79% of the total cases required a healthcare facility assessment
  • 83% of the patients requiring an examination in a healthcare facility were children

push for legislation

“Copyright THC sellers are taking advantage of well-known brands to put our children at risk,” Stein said. “They play fast and loose with people’s safety to make extra money. I hope Congress acts quickly so companies can take legal action to hold copycats accountable and we can protect young people.”

Stein was joined by more than 20 other attorneys general in a letter to Congress, urging her to “immediately enact legislation empowering brand owners of well-known and trusted consumer packaged goods to hold malicious actors to account for illegal copycat THC Marketing edibles to children. “

Meanwhile, the FDA said it is actively working with federal and state partners to further address these concerns.

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Dais Johnston

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