Halloween in Colorado wasn’t nearly as scary as the media and police said it would be—at least not for the same reasons.
October 31st came and went with no instances of marijuana poisoning in children reported, according the Children’s Hospital Colorado, in spite of the month-long media blitz warning parents of the danger of people giving their costumed children weed candy for Halloween instead of real candy.
People in the cannabis industry generally shook their heads at this fearmongering, pointing out that the majority of cannabis users are responsible adults who would never do something as twisted as that. Some even speculated that if any child ended up dosed on Halloween, police should look to anti-marijuana activists who may have done it to stir up anger and fear towards cannabis.
Ultimately—thankfully, I wasn’t exactly worried but my faith in humanity has been momentarily upheld—all fears, anti- and pro-, were unfounded, and the children of Colorado made it through Halloween stuffed with good ol’ fashioned unmedicated candy and afraid only of witches, skeletons, and zombies (instead of existential crises that they might be dying).
Tragically, however, Colorado did see a spike in pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
“While it is of course great to feel vindicated as an industry that no kids were given marijuana candy illegally, we are first and foremost members of our own communities—we are neighbors families and friends. As such, when I woke up to check the news this morning to make sure that our worst fears had not somehow materialized, there was no sense of relief, but rather it was sadness for all of the horrible auto accidents that had occurred overnight,” Joe Hodas, spokesperson for Dixie Elixirs, told USA Today.
It is reported that Halloween is one of the top three days in the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities nationally due to the increased number of pedestrians on the street and the increased number of drunken partiers-turned-drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 almost half of Halloween crash deaths involved a drunk driver compared to 31% on an average day, and 28% of deaths were pedestrians compared to 14% on an average day.
Though I’m grateful human hatefulness didn’t rear its ugly head in the form of children dosed with pot candy, it’s a bittersweet victory when you hear of all the car-related injuries and deaths that always accompany the spookiest night of the year.