Online drug dealers have started selling chocolates laced with strong doses of weed on darknet markets — and teenage kids are buying them up like crazy.
Selling Chocolate Weed to Kids on the Darknet
Coming from the United States and Europe, sellers reportedly crafted these THC-infused chocolates for medical use. With high levels of THC — the chemical in marijuana that produces the plant’s famous psychedelic effects — combined with chocolate’s relaxation-reducing anandamide, these candy’s can produce intense highs.
London-based Penn Chann is one of the chocolate makers. Penn claims that he began making these products around 6 years ago to help his mother with a sciatica issue.
Now, teenagers in the US and Europe are purchasing the chocolates with bitcoin from several different merchants on the darknet. And these kids aren’t sick — they’re eating the THC edibles for fun.
According to a report from Dark Web News, online dealers have sold approximately 500 THC-laced chocolate bars in the UK alone since March 2016.
The publication also noted the appeal it had among teenagers, saying, “one of the users claims that he had just two squares and was floored, saying it is a great but strong product.”
Darknet sellers warn that customers should consume their products with caution — just one bar has 60 mg of THC, Dark Web News said. However, the variety of flavors seems to contradict these warnings, with choices between vanilla, cherry chocolate and more working to draw teenagers in.
The Growth of Medical Marijuana
Since the early 2000s, in the US and other developed nations, the use of marijuana for medical purposes has increased dramatically. In fact, several states in the US have legalized marijuana for medical use. As of 2016, 29 states plus Washington DC have adopted pro-medical marijuana laws.
In 2014, Colorado became the first state in history to begin selling marijuana to the public for recreational use.
However, marijuana remains illegal on a federal level in the States, and many of the nation’s top politicians have no desire to legalize the plant any time soon. US attorney general Jeff Sessions said in a March 2017 speech:
“I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. . .our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”
In recent years, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), drew criticism from pro-legalization activists when agents conducted federally-sanctioned raids against legal marijuana dispensaries in states where patients can use the plant for medicinal purposes.
According to a 2017 poll conducted by CBS, 61 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization. Despite the growing popular support for the plant, however, state and federal governments still seem opposed to loosening their grip on the drug.
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