Marijuana-laced candy confiscated in Missouri

State law enforcement agencies warn parents to keep an eye on their children

COLUMBIA, Mo. - State law enforcement agencies are warning parents about marijuana-laced candy found in southwest Missouri.

The new drug form looks like regular candy you would buy at the gas station -- lemon drops, gummy bears and even snack foods, like Twinkies.

But it contains something extra -- up to 250 milligrams of THC, the chemical found in marijuana.

The Jasper County Drug Task Force confiscated the drugged candy in Barry and McDonald counties.

"I've never seen anything like this and I just hope this is the end of it in Barry and McDonald county, said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly.

Epperly said they believe the product was shipped from Colorado to Pineville, Mo.

ABC 17 News tried to track down the product at local stores in Columbia known for selling synthetic or unregulated drugs. The stores were asked if they had EdiPure candy, the Colorado-based company that may have shipped the candy to Pineville.

ABC 17 News didn't find any of the candy, but local law enforcement officers said marijuana comes in many forms and they aren't surprised.

But ABC 17 News found one location anyone in Missouri has access to -- the Internet.

EdiPure has its own website and Facebook page.

State law enforcement agencies are warning parents to keep an eye on their kids.

"Be real cautious of what their children are getting into and candies, and this could be a situation, such as Halloween coming up," Epperly said. "Something that they really need to pay close attention to."

Doctors said this can be dangerous for smaller children.

"Immediately they could have some nausea and problems with stomach," said family practitioner Dr. Sarah Moran. "It can also put a child at risk for abnormal heartbeats or trouble with abnormal rhythms, so it can be very dangerous for a younger child."

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