Cannabis-laced snacks that mimic widespread model names — together with “Trips Ahoy!” and “Double Stuff Stoneos” — are being hawked to kids and needs to be banned by the state Health Department, Nassau County elected officials mentioned at a press convention Wednesday.
The merchandise, the place are presently authorized underneath the state’s medicinal marijuana program, include delta-8 THC and have been being offered as of Wednesday at a retailer in Long Beach, mentioned State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, D-Long Island.
“It is also being marketed aggressively to kids,” Kaminsky tweeted.
Kaminsky was joined by different native lawmakers and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran in calling for a ban on the pure hemp extract that’s being offered legally regardless of slight chemical variations from delta-9, the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
“Yet, due to Delta-8 THC being naturally found in hemp, retailers have exploited this loophole since hemp is not illegal,” Kaminsky, Curran and Assemblywomen Judy Griffin and Missy Miller wrote in a letter to Health Commissioner Howard Zucker obtained by The Post. “This means that many unregulated e-cigarette stores and ‘health products’ retailers sell products containing Delta-8 THC.”
The merchandise typically “clearly” goal kids, the involved officials mentioned, noting a store in Long Beach that sells merchandise showing to appear to be conventional favorites like “Chips Ahoy!” and “Double Stuf Oreo” — however pack way more than simply chocolate goodness.
“New York is also still working on creating a state-licensed and state-regulated adult use marijuana industry, which includes specific provisions limiting youth access,” the letter continued. “Our new state law even requires the new regulations to look at rules restricting marketing and advertising to youth.”
The unregulated hemp compound, nevertheless, stays authorized, regardless of being “so similar” to marijuana, in line with the elected officials calling for strict rules banning the sale of merchandise containing delta-8.
“DOH must also clarify CBD retailers may not sell any products in New York that contain Delta-8, whether or not the product uses synthetic or natural occurring Delta-8,” the letter concluded. “If something still poses a risk to consumers, especially children, then its production method should not matter.”
A clerk at Dr. Nature Rx on Park Avenue in Long Beach informed The Post Thursday the shop stopped promoting the cannabis extract-cookies and knew no different areas close by that had them.
Most folks contacted by The Post mentioned they didn’t care in regards to the cookies since leisure marijuana was legalized in New York state in March. One man was upset, nevertheless, they have been being offered subsequent to a temple.
“Terrible!” a 78-year-old landlord named Arthur mentioned. “Terrible! Selling pot cookies next to Temple, disgrace! Two weeks ago the owner said he wasn’t doing anything wrong, only adults, showing ID. He stopped. It’s nonsense.”
The state Health Department, in the meantime, is holding a 45-day remark interval — till July 19 — to evaluation a ban on delta-8 and different cannabis-related merchandise.
“After such time, the Department will assess all comments and if no further changes are necessary, adopt the regulations as written, at which time the prohibition on products manufactured with Delta 8 created through isomerization will be immediately effective,” division officials informed The Post in a press release Thursday.