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Feds crack down on companies marketing weed edibles in kid-friendly packaging


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have joined forces to crack down on deceptive marketing practices in the cannabis industry. Recently, cease and desist letters were sent to six companies marketing edible Delta-8 THC products in packaging mimicking regular children's snacks.


These enterprises, which include Delta Munchies LLC, Exclusive Hemp Farms, North Carolina Hemp Exchange, Dr. Smoke, LLC, Nikte's Wholesale, LLC, and The Haunted Vapor Room, have been identified as packaging their products in ways strikingly similar to Doritos tortilla chips, Cheetos snacks, and Nerds candy, among others.


Samuel Levine, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Janet Woodcock, M.D., Principal Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, have voiced serious concerns over these marketing tactics. They highlighted the risk posed to children, who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of THC and may unintentionally ingest these products, believing them to be regular food.


An FTC examination of the companies' online marketing practices found potential violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits deceptive acts in commerce and practices that present unwarranted health or safety risks.


Examples include Dr. Smoke, LLC, which has been selling THC-infused snacks in packaging nearly identical to Doritos and Cheetos snacks, and The Haunted Vapor Room, which offers THC-infused products that closely resemble Nerds Rope candy. Delta Munchies, LLC, is another offender, with its THC gummies packaged like conventional gummy candies.

Responding to this alarming situation, the FTC has demanded an immediate halt to such marketing of edible Delta-8 THC products. They have urged these companies to review their marketing strategies and packaging and take quick action to protect consumers, especially children.


At THCannabis.store, we stand in full support of these measures by the FTC and FDA. As a responsible entity in the cannabis industry, we are committed to the well-being and safety of our customers. That's why we exclusively use pharmacy-style white labeling for our products, a practice designed to deter appeal to children. We believe this not only maintains the highest safety standards but also ensures clarity and accuracy for our customers.


The companies targeted by the FTC have been asked to detail the actions they've taken to address these concerns within 15 days. The FTC and FDA have taken similar actions in the past, including issuing joint letters to sellers of cannabidiol (CBD) in 2019.


These actions underscore the urgent need for responsible marketing practices within the cannabis industry. We at THCannabis.store are dedicated to upholding these standards, ensuring the safety of our customers, and fostering a culture of responsible consumption.


"FTC, FDA Send Cease and Desist Letters to Companies Selling Delta-8 THC Products in Packaging That Imitates Kids' Food." Federal Trade Commission, 12 July 2023, www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2023/07/ftc-fda-send-cease-desist-letters-companies-selling-delta-8-thc. Accessed 12 July 2023.

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