Connecticut Attorney General Issues Public Service Announcement Regarding Illegal, Unsafe Cannabis Edibles

PSA will air on television and radio over the next 13 weeks
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Photograph courtesy of the Connecticut Attorney General's Office

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and Consumer Protection Commissioner Bryan Cafferelli  on Monday launched a public service announcement (PSA) regarding illegal, unsafe cannabis edibles mimicking youth-oriented snacks and candies.

Produced in partnership with the Connecticut Broadcasters Association, the PSA will air on television and radio over the next 13 weeks.

“We’re still seeing highly potent illegal cannabis products that look like common kid snacks,” said Attorney General Tong.  “After months of sustained enforcement and public education, we’re seeing fewer and fewer of these dangerous illegal products. This PSA is an important next step in those ongoing efforts to protect Connecticut kids.”

Residents over age 21 can legally possess and consume cannabis in Connecticut, but these products may only be sold in the regulated market and must meet rigorous testing and packaging requirements.

Since 2021, the Connecticut Poison Control Center has received hundreds of calls regarding cannabis exposure in children, including children under the age of 6 exposed to cannabis edibles, the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

To date, Tong’s office has 10 pending enforcement actions and has secured judgments against four additional Connecticut retailers totaling $40,000 for alleged violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act over the sale of illegal delta-8 THC products.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Delta-8 THC is one of more than 100 cannabinoids produced in the cannabis sativa plant but is not found naturally in significant amounts.

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