High-end chocolate with CBD oil or marijuana infusion is a well-established product. However, a new line in South Carolina has been produced, with the desired result of providing a refined marijuana consumption experience, rather than a candy bar from the convenience store-type chocolate binge.

Vincent Cardonna of South Carolina says his line of chocolates and caramels, called Culinary Bake Delight, is intended to provide a new experience for those who seek to consume marijuana. The line is not meant to be compared to vaping or other methods of consumption. Instead, the products are similar to Cardonna’s other work, which focuses on visual appeal and culinary experience to provide a higher level of satisfaction to the consumer.

While this may be the intent for chefs such as Cardonna or David Brissenden of Cosmo D’s in California, the reality is that candy infused with marijuana is likely to reach the hands of children, whether that is the ultimate intent or not.

Earlier this month in New Hampshire, four students at Timberlane Regional Middle School consumed commercially produced chocolate that contained marijuana while on school grounds. Of the four, one had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. All four are set to receive discipline for the incident, as school officials say the students were aware the candy contained marijuana prior to consuming it.

This incident has raised concern at the school where it happened and will have long-reaching effects as it encourages parents to discuss drug use with their children, including the consumption of products that contain marijuana. With the changing narrative in legislation regarding marijuana use and the trend towards greater acceptance, the concerns about easier access for underage individuals may be a valid focus by those who oppose marijuana legalization.

Open communication with children, ensuring the restricted access to products that contain marijuana or CBD and the continuing effort to limit the appealing nature of these products are focus points for concerned parents and those who wish to protect children from exposure to marijuana while underage.

In New Hampshire, recreational marijuana use is permitted for adults over the age of 18. Users are permitted to carry less than three-quarters of an ounce on their person, with fines in place for those who violate the laws.

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