Bill outlaws sale of candy with marijuana flavoring to children

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ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers are trying to weed out businesses that sell candy flavored like marijuana to minors.

A measure introduced Friday would ban retailers from selling lollipops, gumdrops or other candy flavored to taste like the drug.

The legislation is aimed at businesses that sell products with drug-inspired names such as "Kronic Kandy" and "Pot Suckers," said state Rep. Judy Manning, R-Marietta.

"I think it's ridiculous," she said. "Why would you give somebody something to eat that's illegal?"

Marketers have called the treats a harmless novelty, and many advise retailers to sell the candy only to adults.

They say the candies are flavored with hemp essential oil, which gives them the oily, grassy taste of marijuana.

The legislation, however, says the candies promote drug use and give children the "false impression that marijuana is safe and fun."

It would ban the sale of "marijuana flavored products" to minors and calls for a fine of up to $1,000 for each offense.

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