Hawaii authorities are warning parents about dangerous candy that has sent some children to the hospital.
It’s being sold as an organic fruit roll-up, but it’s ingredients list says the product contains THC.
The marijuana-laced candy has been found on Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island.
But the way it’s being sold has narcotics officers worried that it could spread to other communities.
“We have had cases with the fruit roll-ups where kids have eaten it and ended up in the hospital,” said Keith Kamita, chief of the State’s Narcotics Enforcement Division.
It looks like a fruit roll-up, but look closely at the ingredients and you will notice something illegal.
“It’s dangerous. This contains 250 milligrams of THC and this will put you in the hospital,” said Kamita. “Throwing up, can’t feel their legs, having palpitations, so it is a serious problem. This could kill somebody if taken wrong or if they start hallucinating, they could run into traffic.”
Kamita says this marijuana fruit roll-up is being sold across the state.
“It is on Kauai, on the Big Island, so it is making its way around and they are using social media to get it around Instagram, Craigslist and other things, not the average drug dealer style,” said Kamita.
Kamita wants parents to be aware of other dangerous treats as well.
“On the mainland we see people giving ecstasy, flavored candies like methamphetamine-laced candies,” said Kamita. “Here in Hawaii what I am really fearful of is the chocolate or the marijuana laced candies that we may see.”
The other scary thing is most of these dangerous treats are hard to detect.
“The real fear is there is no smell,” said Kamita. “I can’t tell you if this is a candy with marijuana or this is. The only way is going to be from a laboratory or someone has an adverse reaction.”
Authorities say the best thing to do is just check your kid’s candy.
“If a child brought this home and a parent did not know because as parents we used to tell our kids anything that is unwrapped don’t eat it let me see it first, but this stuff is wrapped and it looks like candies,” said Kamita. “This is very disturbing that you would make an item that would appeal possibly to children.”
The State Narcotics Enforcement Division has launched an investigation into the makers of the marijuana-laced fruit roll-up.