Miami-Dade Commission Approves “Pothead Candy” Ban

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As Halloween candy fills store shelves, Miami-Dade Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday which condemns the sale of a controversial candy at South Florida stores.

“Pothead Candy” are shaped like marijuana plants and sold in the form of lollipops, gummy sours and ring pops. Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz introduced the resolution at Tuesday’s Miami-Dade Commission meeting which urges retailers, with the exception of adult novelty stores, to remove the candy from its shelves.

The packaging includes a smiling, pot-smoking, peace-sign waving cartoon figure. Marijuana leaves are also all over the bag with the word “legalize” emblazoned in large lettering across the package.

The “Sour Apple Ring Pots” and “Pothead Lollipops” are made only of sugar and artificial coloring and do not contain any illegal substances.

“There’s a difference between selling a candy like this at an adult novelty store, which sells to people over the age of 18, and a retail store that can sell ‘pothead candy’ to minors,” said Commissioner Diaz. “Kids are already bombarded by the pressures of a pervading drug culture, and this candy, with its cartoon depictions, is obviously targeted at them. Local retailers selling this product so it’s accessible to minors really need to think about the message they’re sending to kids. It’s just irresponsible, plain and simple.”

A copy of the resolution will be sent to the Florida Congressional Delegation, Miami-Dade County State Legislation Delegation, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Florida Retail Federation, and the manufacturer of pothead candy, Kalan LP, in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

This isn’t the first push to have the candy banned. There is also a move to have it banned in stores in New York.

The owner of the candy that makes the candy, Andrew Kalan, said recently despite the fact that the wrappers say “Legalize” and the packaging certainly seems geared toward children, his motivation is purely business. He said the product sells well and the company simply spotted a trend in the marketplace and is making products to capitalize on those trends.

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