Marketing of Flavored Cannabis Targets Kids

Remember when the government flipped out over testosterone-increasing and intelligence-enhancing flavored nicotine vape juice, saying it targeted kids and claiming that was bad?

They’re taking a different tact on kiddie weed.


When New York’s first licensed recreational marijuana outlet opened last month, the chief of the state’s Office of Cannabis Management, Chris Alexander, proudly hoisted a tin of watermelon-flavored gummies above the crowd.

Outside the Manhattan shop, he displayed another purchase — a jar containing dried flowers of a cannabis strain called Banana Runtz, which some aficionados say has overtones of “fresh, fruity banana and sour candy.”

Inside the store run by the nonprofit Housing Works, shelves brimmed with vape cartridges suggesting flavors of pineapple, grapefruit and “cereal milk,” written in rainbow bubble letter print.

For decades, health advocates have chided the tobacco industry for marketing harmful nicotine products to children, resulting in more cities and states, like New York, outlawing flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

Now as cannabis shops proliferate across the country, the same concerns are growing over the packaging and marketing of flavored cannabis that critics say could entice children to partake of products labeled “mad mango,” “loud lemon” and “peach dream.”

New York, which legalized recreational marijuana in March 2021, forbids marketing and advertising that “is designed in any way to appeal to children or other minors.”


But hey – I guess the difference between a child and a pot-smoking adult is nigh undetectable.

They sell these drugs as candy then act shocked when kids eat them.

A study released earlier this month documented the steep rise in poisonings among young children, especially toddlers, who accidentally ate marijuana-laced treats.

The uptick in cases coincides with the rise in the number of states allowing the use of marijuana for medicine or recreation. Medical use of cannabis is currently allowed in 37 U.S. states, while 21 states allow recreational use.

“When you’re talking about strawberry-cheesecake, or mango, or cookies-and-cream flavors, it’s very difficult to argue that those are for older adults,” said Dr. Pamela Ling, the director for the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California in San Francisco.

We are already in a situation where nicotine is more demonized than marijuana.

Why is that, I wonder? Smoking cigarettes or vaping is a personal choice that really doesn’t affect anyone else. Smoking weed turns the whole population into zombies.

There is still no discussion of legalizing cocaine, by the way, despite the fact that it is safer and healthier than weed.

Alex Berenson has a lot of good information on the modern weed industry, and the amount that the drug has changed since it was legalized.