Candy resembling marijuana causes controversy

BUFFALO, N.Y.

Kalan LP is the novelty company distributing candy such as "Pothead Ring Pots," "Pothead Lollipops" and bagged candy. It also wholesales online for $1 for a lollipop and $1.50 for a package of three rings.

The candy doesn't contain marijuana, but with its marijuana leaf, the word "Legalize" and a joint-smoking, peace sign-waving user on the packaging, critics say it's not only in poor taste but an invitation to try the real thing.

Company president Andrew Kalan said the candy, on the market six to nine months and in 1,000 stores around the country, promotes the legalization of marijuana.

"We don't advocate for a political position. We just look at what the marketplace wants and respond to it," the he said. "It's just candy, it's sour apple flavor. It doesn't claim to be pot in disguise or anything like that."

There are calls to pull the candy from stores. Some say the products could encourage young people to use real drugs.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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