Pubdate: Thu, 07 Jul 2005
Source: Decatur Daily (AL)
Copyright: 2005 The Decatur Daily
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


The Chicago City Council passed a law last week banning the sale of 
certain flavors of lollipops, gumdrops and other treats.

The target of this absurd government disruption of free commerce was 
not any ingredient in the candy, but the flavor. Stores selling the 
candy in the Windy City now face fines of up to $500 and possible 
revocation of their business licenses.

Chicago is not the only city weighing in on the issue. A New York 
City councilwoman plans hearings on the candies this summer and an 
Atlanta suburb has already passed a resolution banning them.

What's next? Only certain colors of balloons?

Granted, the flavor in question is not your mainstream treat, like 
vanilla or strawberry. But neither is the target market the average 
youthful candy consumer.

The flavor is marijuana and adults constitute the target market. 
Convenience stores across the nation sell the candies, with names 
like Purple Haze and Rasta. Companies manufacturing the treats 
recommend they be sold only to adults.

The candy features only the taste of marijuana, not the mind-altering high.

Alderman Edward Burke, who sponsored the law in Chicago, said the 
flavored candies will lead children to experiment with the real thing.

Maybe Mr. Burke should consider endorsing broccoli-flavored ice 
cream, or asparagus soda pop.
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