State Rep. Wants to Stop Certain Marijuana-Laced Foods From Being Sold

From “Pot Tarts” to “Stoner” bars that look like Snickers, legislators don’t want these goods to hit the shelves in Massachusetts.


Photos via DEA

As the debates and discussions about the future of the medical marijuana industry continue in Massachusetts, some state officials are trying to keep certain pot-infused products from hitting the shelves once dispensaries start popping up around the state.

During a budget discussion on Beacon Hill on Tuesday, State Representative Peter Durant, R-Spencer, managed to slip in an amendment that would bar the manufacturing, packaging, and sale of marijuana and synthetic marijuana in products that are similar to snacks and foods that are popular on the market, and in some cases specifically target kids. “This particular issue illustrates a very dangerous phenomenon that has been occurring in other states where medical marijuana is legal,” Durant said. “I am proud that we were able to work in a bipartisan fashion to prevent the production and distribution of marijuana in forms that are intentionally meant to deceive consumers and which are targeted at our children.”

During a presentation at the budget hearing, Durant used posters of products like “Pot Tarts,” which closely resemble packaging for the breakfast pastry “Pop Tarts,” and “MunchyWays,” a pot-infused candy bar that mimics the “Milky Way” candy bar logo to push its product to consumers. After the meeting, Durant referred to the used of these tactics as “disgusting” and a “tremendous threat to our neighborhoods.”

Last fall, voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly supported a ballot petition to legalize medical marijuana in the state. As part of that decision, the Department of Public Health has been tasked with crafting rules and regulations regarding the sale of certain pot products, as well as where dispensaries that sell those products can be set up. A draft version of the rules was released in March, and is currently being tweaked by officials. Durant hopes that as part of the final rules, this ban on deceiving marijuana-laced products will be included.

The House or Representatives voted in favor of adopting the budget amendment submitted by Durant, which will now go to the Senate for review.

According to Joseph McKenna, Durant’s chief of staff, the state representative’s office will “heavily lobby” for the wording to remain unchanged once it lands in the Senate’s lap. “There will be a conference committee to negotiate the two versions, and there, too, we will lobby to have this language put out there,” he says. “The DPH is crafting the rules and regulations right now, and we have confidence they will do that with the public’s best interest in mind. But we do not want these candies to be sold. There is no denial that these are candied marijuana targeted at the youth. We don’t want them to slip through the cracks.”

On Wednesday, mayors from across the Commonwealth met to discuss the future of the pot industry in the state. According to Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, the discussion revolved around the proposed state regulations for medical marijuana, and included members of the Department of Public Health. She said they were “trying to weed out concerns in advance.”

While medical marijuana is legalized in Massachusetts, it is not legal on a federal level, and in the past, the Drug Enforcement Agency has raided, and arrested, those who manufactured “drug candy” at distribution plants.

  • Chestnut Growler

    Adults love candy, too.

  • EyeDigress

    These candies are clearly stating there is cannabis contained in the ingredients. 3 Rastateers? Pretty sure even kids would know that has weed in it. Wait, kids don’t know about pot, do they? Nah, it’s just been available at your local “high” schools for decades.

    • cohara1103

      The only people confused by labels are stupid ignorant politicians

  • Joshua Blaugh

    Infused edible products are not to entice children! They are only sold in stores for adults. Edible products are there to minimize risk of smoking for medical and recreational patients. Edible THC (marinol) is legal in all 50 states with a prescription. Infusing drinks and other food with THC makes for a safer product for adults.

    Regulate/Tax it and take it away from the cartels and children!.

    MJNA/Dixie in Colorado has many edible products and are traded on the stock exchange; “MJNA”. Edible products are safer alternatives than smoking and are only sold in stores for adults! Don’t believe the rhetoric of saving the children.

    The cartels will sell to anyone, that is why in illegal states children can get cannabis easier than alcohol. Now that the product is being regulated don’t leave any products for the cartels and children to get hold of!

    Allow edibles to keep the product with adults, be safer for the patient, safer use any adult, and to keep them from being on the illegal market.

  • Anthony Neilly

    Sorry sir but you can’t take away infused foods. Some people can’t smoke. I wonder if this jack off even think about wtf he is thinking before he opens his mouth. Or is it that he thinjs we are having too much fun with packaging? Pass a law and create a business. This is free enterprise that stemmed from a democratic process and subsequent law. So go suck on a jolly rancher buddy.