Pot Head Ring Pots leave a bad taste for's Laura Kriho (VIDEO)

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It's not often Laura Kriho, the driving force behind the Cannabis Therapy Institute and, speaks out against something pertaining to marijuana. But there she was, on a Fox station in Colorado Springs, criticizing marijuana-shaped candy marketed under names like Pot Head Ring Pots and Pot Head Lollipops. Predictably, though, her take on the issue is more nuanced than the broadcast on view below implies.

Kriho does indeed object to the items. But her gripes have more to do with the way they're being marketed than their existence.

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"The manufacturers have a First Amendment right to make candy in whatever shape they want," she says. "But retailers need to be responsible and treat them like an adult-novelty item, and put it where kids can't see them. We don't want to be sending the message to kids to smoke marijuana, and that's clearly the impression this gives.

"We're all about having a debate, and about education," she continues. "But our biggest concern is that marijuana is illegal, and even under a legalization scheme, it would still be illegal for children. And they need to understand that."

On the other hand, Kriho isn't bothered by the continuing mainstreaming of what she calls "cannabis culture" -- a recent example being Good Times hiring Cheech and Chong to do radio ads about green salsa that are filled with thinly veiled weed references.

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As for those Colorado Springs parents reportedly upset about the candy, manufactured by the Pennsylvania-based Kalan company, she encourages them to write a letter to the firm asking that retailers be encouraged to market the product to adults.

After all, she's not all that comfortable with bans. Look below to see the aforementioned report, from Fox21 in Colorado Springs:

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Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Good for you, Laura!  The manufacturer's claim that this candy supports the legalization of cannabis is ridiculous on its face -- the marketing of such a product to children is grossly inappropriate.  There are two possibilities:  either the manufacturer is a typical capitalist greedhead who would say or do almost anything to make money, or he is acting as a political agent for the DEA -- and we should assume he is both.  Just as it is legal for the manufacturer to  market such candy, it may be legal for the DEA to pay off people who serve their propaganda campaigns against legalization and for their own self-preservation; after all, police toadies in the Federal judiciary have sanctioned the holding of DEA political prisoner Marc Emery even though the deputy head of the agency publicly declared the fact!

I share CTI's distaste for the reactionary language of Initiative 30 which tries to answer fears related to driving and to minors in the proposal itself -- this one prohibitionist tool pushing cannabis-shaped candy to children could do more to defeat the measure than its own ineffectual posturing that its purpose is to keep cannabis out of the hands of minors.

P.S. By way of an example of government propaganda serving the purpose of attemting to justify the DEA's existence, consider the DEA's heavily-promoted campaign to gather expired medications (for the purpose of public safety, of course) or yesterday's dramatic announcement that the DEA had helped to foil an Iranian plot to kill a Saudi envoy on US soil.  I do not consider that these stories even begin to justify the fantastic monetary and social cost this criminal gang of parasites inflicts on America and its people.  Call Congress today, tell them to de-fund the DEA!

Robert ChaseColorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers(720) 213-6497

Vincent Von Dudler
Vincent Von Dudler

This two part plan is the only action the citizens of the US need to take to end federal marijuana prohibition:1) EVERYONE that sees these links sign up at both sites and weigh in on the debate- Propagate those two links and ensure that everyone that sees them go to both those sites.

Too many people are blaming the President for enforcing the federal marijuana prohibitio­n. Contact Congress (the LEGISLATIVE branch [that's the important one when it comes to law]) via the first link. Contact Obama (the EXECUTIVE branch [until Obama vetos a passed H.R. 2306 it's on Congress - but tell Obama anyway]) via the second link. It really is THAT easy. Participate in democracy!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

That is one of the more poorly worded of the over-a-dozen petitions on the subject on the site -- take a look at all of them.

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