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Could marijuana edibles end up in your kid’s Halloween bag?

New Jersey is warning parents to look out for people slipping their kids marijuana-laced candy while trick-or-treating. But with no apparent evidence that's ever happened, advocates for legalizing the drug say it's nothing more than a Halloween scare tactic. (KSNV)

Tuesday marks the first Halloween since the sale of recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada – and some parents are worried about the potential for candy-like marijuana edibles making it into kids’ candy bags.

Last year, political advertisements raised fears of marijuana edibles and Halloween as part of the failed campaign to stop the legalization of pot in Nevada.

One year later, marijuana edibles are now both legal and lucrative – as Nevada’s marijuana market rakes in tens of millions of dollars each month.

“We have the highest standards that we’ve set here in Nevada to protect children,” said cannabis advocate Jason Sturtsman.

Sturtsman points out edibles are now highly regulated, both in their labeling and packaging. They cannot look like candy, they cannot be marketed toward children, and edibles must be in child-proof packaging.

“Those products can’t look like any commercially available product out there,” said Sturtsman.

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Just last week, the New Jersey Attorney General tweeted out a warning about pot to parents this Halloween.

However, cannabis industry experts in Nevada say they’ve never heard of a single documented incident in the United States where marijuana edibles ended up in a trick or treater’s bag.

“The idea that cannabis edibles are going to be put into trick or treaters bags is absolutely false. This goes with the old scare tactics with the razor blade in the apple that I grew up with or pins and apples,” said Sturtsman.

As families get ready for Halloween, Sturtsman is urging parents to remain vigilant.

“It all comes down to common sense: loose candy, anything in a baggie, throw it out, protect your children,” said Sturtsman.

Giving marijuana to anyone under the legal age of 21 is considered a criminal offense and you can be prosecuted for it.

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