Oklahoma law enforcement has a warning for parents and educators.
Products with THC, packaged like something that can be bought at a convenience store, are being sold on the streets, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics officials said.
THC products that look like candy can not be bought at local dispensaries due to Oklahoma’s packaging laws.
However, OBN officials said the products are trafficked in and can be found on the dark web.
“They literally could be getting high in plain sight,” said Mark Woodward, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman.
That could be in a student's classroom or bedroom. Photos of products seized by OBN agents shows THC candy that looks nearly identical to the real thing.
“Side-by-side, (they) would look just like the legitimate candy,” said Woodward. “Whether you’re talking about Nerds Ropes, gummy worms, Sour Patch Kids; pretty much any type of candy that you find in a convenience store, there are knock-offs that look just like it.”
That also includes cookies, drinks and snacks with THC.
Woodward said users will sometimes take it out of the packaging and put in other containers or bags, making it even easier to slip past adults.
“We’ve had incidents where we’ve had schools call us and say they have kids who were very lethargic or acting like they were impaired,” said Woodward. “After talking to the kids, they admitted to had eaten some candy at school that was THC.”
Due to incidents like that, OBN started going into schools and created educational videos for educators and parents.
“We put on these presentations for free,” said Woodward. “But we also have them available on our YouTube channel for any parent that would want to go in and learn about what are some of the kinds that are popular with kids today.”
For educational resources, contact OBN at 800-522-8031 or visit the OBN website.