The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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September 26, 2013

Authorities warn of candy containing marijuana in region

A mailed package containing bags of candy infused with medical marijuana was recently intercepted in Joplin by the Jasper County Drug Task Force.

John Luckey, with the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force, said the package was turned over to his agency with the intent of trying to arrest those involved in its shipment from Colorado to an address at Pineville in McDonald County.

“We were hoping someone would pick up the package and sign for it,’’ said Luckey. “But they realized it had been intercepted and did not show up.’’

Luckey said officers with the task force went to the address in Pineville and found that no one was living there.

“Of course, there was no return address on the package,’’ he said.

Luckey said this is the first time law enforcement in Southwest Missouri has dealt with medical marijuana in candy. The candy resembles lemon drops, gummy bears and mints.

“The bags this candy comes in shows how much THC is in each piece,’’ he said. “It’s clearly labeled. It would be nothing for a kid to pick up this candy and put it in a Ziploc bag and you would never know the difference.’’

Luckey said law enforcement agencies in the region, including Barry County Sheriff Mike Epperly, are warning parents of the potential danger.

Luckey said bags of the candy were put on display Thursday at the Barry County Sheriff’s Department in Cassville. Luckey said Epperly wants parents to be aware the products are out there, and plans to have a session with teachers and parents to inform them of that.

Colorado laws

Recreational use of marijuana became legal only this past summer in Colorado, but medical marijuana has been legal in the state for some time.

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