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Web site advertises pot-spiked candy

The Internet offers just about anything for sale from household items to airline tickets, to clothing, even autmobiles.

And no even candy with a kick also can be purchased on the web.

One website, which will not be named, claims to offer lollipops and other candy spiked with marijuana.

The web site was brought to the attention of Eagle Levy, a tobacco prevention coordinator for the Hualapai Indian Tribe in Peach Springs.

Levy said a Peach Springs woman attending a concert in Phoenix brought back a card that was passed around during the concert.

On the card was information about the website along with the web site address, he said.

"I have a feeling it could be showing up here," Levy said.

"With your mommy's credit card, you can order anything you want on the Internet.

If you start seeing kids with lollipops in their mouths..."

The web site is operated by a California organization, which wants to legalize marijuana.

Candy can be bought in the form of lollipops for $5 for three, to as much as $80 for 80 lollipops, according to the web site.

The website advertises "every lick is like taking a hit." The candy is made from the oil extract from a Swiss cannabis - or marijuana - the web site claims.

The website claims that there is no detectable amounts of THC, the active chemical found in marijuana leaves, so it won't show up on a drug test.

"These guys are not stupid," Paul Maine of Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, MAGNET said.

"Technically, if it contains a minimal amount it can still be legal.

If we can get our hands on one then we can send it off to the lab."

If it can be proved there is a "usable quantify" found in the candy, then the state, through the county's attorney office, can file criminal charges against the owners of the web site, he said.

Maine also said it could be a hoax.

An undetectable amount of the drug on the candy could make a user only think they are affected by the drug.

Jim Molesa, of the Drug Enforcement Agency in Phoenix, said it is the THC in marijuana that is considered illegal.

The ingredients in the candy could come from other parts of the marijuana plant.

For local law enforcement to patrol the Internet is impossible.

But anyone caught in possession of the drug, even in the form of candy, is subject to arrest for drug possession, Mohave County sheriff's spokesman Steve Johnson said.

"Once they have it in their possession, then local jurisdiction can take over," Johnson said.

Johnson said if drug-laced candy starts showing up in the community, then law enforcement would conduct chemical tests on the candy to determine if it is laced with the drug.


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