The days when you had to actually smoke marijuana to get dosed with THC ended long ago with the discovery that the chemical can be melted into butter and baked into brownies.
Ganjapreneurs in Colorado are taking things to a completely different level. In Denver, you can get high via balms, massage oil, under-the-tongue tinctures, and, yes, soft drinks and candy.
This was news to police in Corinth, Texas, who were surprised to discover that, in addition to a half pound of marijuana, Marisol Noriega, 20, was arrested with THC-infused gummies and sodas. An alleged accomplice, 23-year-old David Ramos, was arrested on Wednesday.
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The department issued an alert on its Facebook page, urging "parents of young children and teenagers to be mindful of this new trend." News stations dutifully warned of a "disturbing new drug trend that involves candy."
Little surprise that the THC-laced treats discovered in Corinth originated in Colorado. The gummies, according to the pictures posted by Corinth PD, came from a Denver dispensary called The Wellness Kitchen. The soda, made by Dixie Elixirs, is available at any number of weed retailers in Denver. The company provides handy charts showing the intensity, duration and nature (head or body) of the resulting high.
The Colorado-to-Texas marijuana trade has been thriving since the state legalized medical marijuana more than a decade ago. Now that it's fully legal there, it's inevitable that more will wind up here.
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