Poison Control warns about dangers of marijuana candy on Halloween

Posted at 5:38 PM, Oct 25, 2016

Law enforcement is warning about marijuana-laced candy, right before you trick-or-treat with your kids, and also right before you vote on the amendment to legalize medical marijuana in our state.

It's no secret kids love sweets and Florida's Poison Control wants to make sure your little ones aren't eating something they shouldn't. With the legalization of medical marijuana on the table, they fear kids could collect edible marijuana, or "medibles" on Halloween.

“I think it's very unlikely that it would happen intentionally, I think it’s certainly possible with an accidental, accidentally that could happen,” Alfred Aleguas, director of the Florida Poison Information Center said.

The Florida Sheriff's Association is warning parents about pot candy. Some said the timing is eerie, not because it's Halloween, but because its close to election day.

“Anything like that that interfaces with something on a ballot is going to be perceived as highly political on the other hand, we have a pretty good history of where concerns about objects and things in children’s candy is something that we talk about," political expert Susan MacManus said.

Remember to check your kids' candy and make sure it is wrapped from the manufacturer. Aleguas said the top call to poison control on Halloween is about kids ingesting glow sticks.

Hillsborough County and Pinellas County sheriff's offices both say they have not had any reports of kids receiving marijuana candy on Halloween.