As with every year around this time, the hysteria surrounding "tampered Halloween candy" is in full effect. For years, fearmongers have spread stories of deviant stoners either lacing innocent Halloween candy with drugs, or handing out cannabis edibles to trick-or-treaters.
Since Canada’s move to legalize cannabis earlier this month, there has been a huge influx of overwrought warnings and unverified stories floating around social media about the dangerous potential of THC-infused candies.
Never mind the fact that it is still illegal in the country to retail edible products, so the only way to legally obtain it is to make it at home. And if your child receives anything homemade in their bags this year, it’s a good idea to toss it for sanitary reasons alone.
But the most important thing to remember is that this has never, ever happened in the history of Halloween.
Nope, not even that vague story you thought you heard from a friend-of-a-friend about that thing that happened back in the nineties. If it happened, then it certainly wasn’t reported.
In fact, most of the tales you’ve heard about poisoned or otherwise tampered treats are exaggerated, if not fabricated altogether. And yes, this includes the infamous 'razor blade in the apple' myth that has become a staple of modern Halloween lore.
The simple fact is that most cannabis consumers aren’t willing to part with their pot just to get your kid high.
We don’t want to seem too flip about this. We certainly wouldn’t fault parents for being concerned about their kids, or for distrusting their fellow man given the current social climate. But there’s no sense in ruining your child’s Halloween out of an unfounded fear. A quick check of your child’s candy before you let them dive in should weed out any unwanted candy.