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Township of Moorestown Police Department
Tuesday October 24th, 2017 :: 01:20 p.m. EDT


With Halloween approaching, NJ Department of Health wants parents to be aware of a presence of marijuana candy in NJ


There is a significant presence of
marijuana candy and other edible forms
in New Jersey and nearby states. The
presence of these edible forms of
marijuana poses a great risk to users,
especially to children, who may accidently
receive marijuana candy during
Halloween. Marijuana candy is illegal in
New Jersey. It contains Tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC), which is the main active
ingredient that causes a high. Marijuana
candy often imitates hard or gummy
candy or chocolate. THC levels in
marijuana candy can be as high as 90%
compared to 10 to 20% found in
marijuana vegetation.

Adults should check for unusual candy
packaging (e.g. homemade packages, such
as plastic bags). Because of the
similarities between marijuana candy and
brand name candy, it is often difficult to
distinguish the difference based on
appearance alone. In addition to the
packaging, marijuana candy can have an
odor similar to that of the marijuana plant
making it easier to identify.

In May 2017, a 10-year-old boy from
Ramapo, New York was sent to the
emergency room after ingesting a
marijuana infused sour gummy candy.
The boy experienced symptoms of
nervousness and nausea.

Physical effects of marijuana use include
dizziness, shallow breathing, red eyes and
dilated pupils, dry mouth, increased
appetite and slow reaction time. Other
effects can be distorted sense of time,
random thinking, paranoia, anxiety,
depression and short-term forgetfulness.

• If you believe you or your child has
received marijuana candy,
immediately contact your local
police department.
• Wear vinyl or non-latex gloves if
handling possible marijuana
• Thoroughly wash hands after
removing and disposing of the
gloves properly to prevent
potential ingestion of any drug

Township of Moorestown Police Department
1245 N Church St
Moorestown, NJ 08057

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 856-234-8300

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