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Melatonin-Laced Brownies Raise Concerns

By torachi, Mar 8, 2011 | | |
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  1. torachi
    LEBANON, Ohio -- A snack food found in some Tri-State stores is raising some concerns.

    "Lazy Cakes" are marketed as "relaxation brownies" in some gas stations and stores. One of the ingredients listed is melatonin, a hormone usually used to treat some types of sleep disorders and some types of insomnia.

    News 5's Karin Johnson bought one Friday from a Lebanon gas station and took it to Bryan's Family Pharmacy for examination.

    Pharmacist Bryan Hutcheson told Johnson that a Lazy Cake contains nearly 8 milligrams of melatonin, which is about three times the average medical dosage for an adult.

    "It's very shocking they would put that much in there," he said.

    But Hutcheson said that the cartoonish packaging appears to be intended to appeal to children, and some parents who saw the packaging agreed.

    "I had no idea they even made stuff like this in brownies," Chuck Hughes said. "I mean, like my son is 8 years old. What if he eats something like that?"

    A small disclaimer on the back of the package states that these should only be eaten by adults.

    Hutcheson told Johnson that a single brownie wouldn't cause an overdose in a child, but he would strongly caution against allowing children to eat them.

    "This is not a good after-sports snack for your children," he said.

    Melatonin was in the news locally last year when a pair of day care workers were convicted of giving the hormone to children in their care to make them nap. The hormone is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

    POSTED: 2:04 pm EST February 25, 2011
    UPDATED: 6:08 pm EST February 25, 2011

    http://www.wlwt.com/r/26998491/detail.html

Comments

  1. Veksul
    Melatonin purposely placed in a brownie? This is ridiculous, whoever got that product to market must be ignorant. It's a natural hormone that regulates sleep and the body's circadian rhythm - so it's not extremely dangerous - but it should only be used under doctors recommendation at 8mg.

    Yes, drowsiness is ONE side effect, but others include hormone fluctuations, nausea, headaches, and irritability; and this is at doses of just over 3 mg. Imagine a stoner eating a bunch of these things. . . sigh
  2. torachi
    Lazy Cakes and Sleepy Bones: Can Too Much Mellow Be a Bad Thing?

    Despite all of the warnings about energy and performance-enhancing drinks being too much of a bad thing (namely caffeine), it seems our 24-7 culture has conveniently looked past the flashing red lights and a chronic case of the jitters to make these drinks an enduring part of our culture. But just as things seem to be ramping up and up and up, there comes a countermovement to, seemingly, undo and rewire all of those stimulant bombs we have been ingesting, albeit with equally questionable results.

    A few dozen Red Bulls ago, there was a spate of “relaxation drinks” like Drank, MiniChill, and Dream Water – all of which purported to provide over-stimulated denizens of the world of ceaseless stimulation a way to buy in, turn off, and drop out. These drinks most commonly relied on natural, or naturally synthesized ingredients like kava root or melatonin (usually in high doses) to produce a sense of relaxation and promote restful sleep.

    Unlike more traditional herbal teas, these products were marketed nearly as aggressively (as much as you could market a relaxation drink with a bit of force) as their pick-me-up counterparts. But their appeal and their promise haven’t yet caught on as some would hope.

    Now, taking a page from the counterculture of the 60s and 70s with a veiled reference the marijuana brownies, are Lazy Cakes. The tag line says, “Relaxation baked in” with an emphasis on baked (a not so subtle reference to the slang term for being high on marijuana).

    These Lazy Cakes are essentially plastic-wrapped brownies with enough melatonin and valerian root to make you slump in your Lazy Boy for hours on end.

    To be clear, these brownies (according to the manufacturer) contain no marijuana or marijuana derivatives, and they decidedly don’t get you “high.” Instead they rely heavily on melatonin (3.9 mg of melatonin per serving), which is a naturally occurring chemical in the brain and is a common sleep aid sold in stores.

    However, according to an NPR report on Lazy Cakes, “Anna Rouse Dulaney, a toxicologist with the Carolinas Poison Center, says that “eating the whole brownie would be about twice the recommended dose.” She believes it’s only a matter of time before calls start coming in about Lazy Cakes.”

    Well no one has wound up in the emergency room yet, most likely because they are slumped over their TV remote and not suffering from heart palpitations from drinking stimulant garbage like Four Loko.

    Still the mere existence of products like Lazy Cakes, which promise to unwind those who are far too tightly wound to find relaxation naturally, is a signifier that something is critically off-balance with our culture. We have entered a cycle of dependency (not unlike that of a substance abuser) that requires us to rely upon marketers and high-dosages of stimulants and depressants to maintain some sort of elusive equilibrium. Is this really necessary?

    Have we drifted too far from our own ability to self-regulate, or is it fair and reasonable to look to packaged mood-enhancers to maintain balance? Do you think these products hold unseen dangers?

    posted by Eric Steinman Mar 14, 2011 3:01 pm

    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/la...much-mellow-be-a-bad-thing.html#ixzz1GdA87eoa
  3. EscapeDummy
    What a stupid idea. The user is not likely to receive any psychoactive effect whatsoever and is needlessly getting moderate to high doses of melatonin. It's not even a "relaxing" agent; melatonin only works if you TRY to sleep. It'll do nothing but confuse the fuck out of your brain... plus, as discussed quite a bit on DF, doses of melatonin need only be .3mg to 3mg for the average person. 8mg is overkill.
  4. torachi
    The mugwump found one of these at his local gas station. Despite the price value of one brownie being about the same as 500 milligrams of capsuled melatonin, his curiosity got the best of him.

    It has a warning on it: May cause extreme relaxation and excessive use of the word "Dude".

    It was dry. Kinda chalky. It also had a strange chemical after taste that was rather unpleasent. Effects were consistent with 8 mgs of melatonin...extremely mild relaxation. Thats about as extreme as it gets. Use of the word "Dude' was no more excessive than usual.
  5. kailey_elise
    Dream Water comes in packaging similar in size to those "5 Hour Energy" shots. My (ex)husband has consumed it on 3 separate occasions now & tells me it works pretty well. And he's one of those "herbal products don't work" kind of folk.
    Does that sound extremely disgusting to you? I'll suffer through the taste of Valerian Root tincture because I want the effects, it's certainly not a taste I savor! Having to fight my way through a brownie containing Valerian sounds abhorrent.

    I also think it's stupid to market a single brownie as "2 servings", because how many people do you know that will actually only eat half a brownie? I mean, have you seen those (glorious!) ReeseCup Brownies at 7-11? They're f'n HUGE, but I'm sure most people consume them as a "single serving", as that's how they're presented. :rolleyes:

    ~Kailey
  6. Ellisdeee
    I have eaten one of the lazy cakes before. Honestly it was really good to my tastes of what a brownie should taste like. But theres a few things that stick out to me about this market that are pretty bogus and not very well thought out.

    1. To reference the article, I don't see how its marketed to children. From what I have seen around my area they are sold in headshops or gas stations. Headshops generally card people upon walking in or for making purchases. I also don't foresee 7 to 11 year olds walking in gas stations to buy these and I don't think it would be unlikely that they arn't sold to someone so young. They seem to be marketed to stoners...just not sure where they got notion it was for kids. Guess because it has a silly picture of a cartoon brownie slumped back? :p

    2. As some others have said, this is such a goofy way to use Melatonin it's kind of obnoxious to see it employed to the people who have better understanding how Melatonin is properly used. 4 - 8mg? While I don't have links readily available to resources for what I am about to say, when I did a bunch of reading and searching about Melatonin once I seemed to gather this. Information seemed to tell me the brain naturally produces ~.1mg of Melatonin on its own. I think the supplements sold as 3mg are overkill and I personally found the sweet spot for my usage to be .3 - .9mg. IE. I get consistently better results if I keep it under 1mg for purposes of sleep. This is different person to person and I am generally quite sensitive to doses of *anything* but I've heard many similar experiences that only small amounts are required. I personally had a reverse effect when getting 6mg or more, sleep didn't come easier. I am no Melatonin expert but I feel it is one of those "less is more" sort of things. More Melatonin != more effect, it seems to be possible that more Melatonin can have a counter productive effect after a certain dose in individuals. While the results are not significantly hazardous, like others have posted, it really may just serve to confuse your body and make sleep more difficult when you actually do want to call it a night if one is eating these during the day. Putting my drug sensitivity aside and recognizing that perhaps 3 - 6mg is a proper dose of Melatonin for desired results to some people - putting it in a brownie and advertising it as 'relaxation' primarily and making the discovery of Melatonin a secondary notion only found if you read the ingredients I still think is a foolish thing. There is nothing good that can come of consuming Melatonin and not knowing you are consuming Melatonin or being aware of *what* Melatonin is and its legitimate supplemental purposes are. Nobody would ever recommend to go buy a GNC bottle having done no research or given no doctor recommendation of your purchase and just start taking it at willy-nilly doses.

    3. This all comes down to robbing people blind I say. I'm sure the creators know it very well too. I see them sold for anywhere between $3 - $5 a brownie. Yes, there are other ingredients but the same example I'm talking about could probably be made for all the stuff in there, so i'll just keep comparing Melatonin. The fact that you are getting 4 - 8mg of Melatonin in a brownie for $5 or less is a blind-side robbery when grocery stores sell Melatonin to the tune of (looks at a couple bottles I have) 120 .3mg pills for $4 or 80 3mg pills for ~$5. I'm pretty friendly with a couple headshop employees with one I frequent a lot and one day asked if those brownies sell good. They said "yeah", that people buy them. I then asked, "do people know you can get like 60x the Melatonin those brownies provide for $5 at a grocery store? They kind of just shrugged and said theres also the Valerian root. Which I'm pretty sure the same could be said about how much Valerian root you can get from a grocery store too. To compare how far your money would go if you just give up the enjoyment of a sweet brownie and bought pure supplements of these Lazy-Cake found ingredients...the makers must be laughing at how badly they are robbing people who don't know any better and don't do research on their own or arn't aware that these ingredients are very common GNC supplements. Pathetic and sad how much good judgement and intelligent sales are ignored when you can make a gold mine off of peoples ignorance. This is nothing new in the world though.
  7. torachi
    Its a brownie and its got a cartoon picture of a brownie on the front. Apparently this makes it extra appealing to children.

    But its kinda like Sweet Tarts or Gummi Bears laced with LSD in that when its found out, even if there are no children around at all, someone still screams 'won't someone please think of the children!', because I guess all across the world children are wandering around eating all the random candy, candy-related items, and things that look like candy that they can find.

    Sure, there's some logic to it. Kids try and sneak sweet stuff. But its mostly a combination of lousy parenting, over-parenting and sensational journalism.

    At least its just melatonin. The chemical has a remarkable safety profile. Its practically impossible to overdose on it. A kid could eat a whole box of the brownies and have to deal with some bad gastrointestinal distress, but thats it.
  8. Wyatt Burp
    I am not too ridiculously far from where this report took place, and have seen Lazy Cakes brownies in a local gas station that sells a ton of "incense," as well as "tobacco" pipes and cheap beer. This thread popped up when curiosity got the better of me - they've been around for a month or more but I hadn't heard anything about them. Are these widely distributed, or just in these parts?

    So the mystery is a large dose of melatonin? Rather disappointing, and a little surprising. But this is not that dangerous, and I wouldn't worry about some 8 year-old eating a $4 brownie accidentally, unless some jackass parent leaves it laiyng around instead of eating it. On second thought, anyone who buys these on a regular basis is probably not that smart.

    BTW, Karin Johnson and News 5, the packaging does not target kids, it targets pot heads, obviously. If these were being marketed to kids, the price would be cheaper and the stores would put them with the cheap candy, not at or behind the counter with the energy shots, rolling papers, cigarettes and so-called incense. Plus, what kid wants to eat some awesome brownie and just go to sleep? Little danger of them getting hooked, I think. Besides, oral melatonin's value as a sleep aide is debatable, while its potential to be a recreational drug is virtually nonexistent, so this shouldn't be too scary. Dumb, yes.

    *EDIT* I do not mean to say that 8-10mg or whatever of melatonin is not significant, as it is quite a lot higher than any recommended dose. Probably way more than necessary, and at too high a price. But I would think the potential liability assumed by marketing it in this way, in a food product, would be a really, really bad idea. Little harm will prbably be done, but there is definitely some risk. I wouldn't worry about eating one of these, personally, but I wouldn't want to be selling them. Even crazy potent incense might be safer from a legal standpoint, since it is specifically not sold for consumption.
  9. torachi
    BOSTON -- It looks like a simple snack cake, but the brownie inside the wrapper is causing quite the battle.

    The product's name is Lazy Cakes and the makers sell it as a relaxation brownie. But a Massachusetts mayor wants the sweet off store shelves.

    "This is candy with a drug in it," said Dr. Caroline Apovian, Boston Medical Center.

    They’re called Lazy Cakes - brownies designed to help adults chill out.

    Mixed in with the chocolate is the sleep aid melatonin - that's the hormone your body makes to help you sleep.

    But the amount of melatonin that helps adults relax can be potentially dangerous for kids.

    "An adult dosage of melatonin could be extremely detrimental in a child and cause drowsiness and fatigue. It’s as if you're giving your child a Valium," said Apovian.

    So you'd think these sweet snacks would be kept out of reach for kids - right?

    But in store after store in Boston and around the state, 7NEWS found Lazy Cakes right out where children could grab them.

    Next to candy bars in one shop, and right near the cookies in another store.

    The mayor of Fall River wants to ban the sale of Lazy Cakes in his city.

    He says the relaxation brownie is marketed toward young people.

    "Even though the products says it’s not intended for children's use, its psychedelic packaging and its cartoon character known as “lazy Larry” indicate otherwise," said Mayor William Flanagan, Fall River.

    The company that makes Lazy Cakes told 7NEWS their brownies "include items that anyone can purchase at any health food or vitamin store."

    And the company does "recommend that lazy cakes be enjoyed by adults only."

    You can see pretty clearly on the brownies the label reads "for adults only: not suitable for children."

    http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/...a-mayor-wants-relaxation-brownie-off-shelves/
  10. trdofbeingtrd
    Thank you for posting this. I recently saw "lazy brownies" and asked the clerk what was in them. From what I read, I could not see the "special ingredient" in it. He got odd and said "I don't know, I just sell them", I thought that it was odd someone would sell something to people and not have a clue what it was. I went home and did a search. What I found is that if you eat a forth of the brownie, it's a normal (for most people) dose that will do no harm (for most people). I apologize, but I cannot remember if the package says to eat a small amount at a time, or if it says "servings 4" on it or not. I will check tomorrow. I think that it can be a tasty treat to go to sleep if it is used responsibly. On the other hand, if the package does not give proper information such as active ingredient and amount to use and not go over, then I agree with people on here that it should not be sold and is a bad idea.

    I will post again tomorrow to tell you what I found. Thank you again for posting this. From what I understand, it was taken off the market for a while and just now recently brought back.
  11. trdofbeingtrd
    I am not saying your views are not valid. However, it can be extremely dangerous to children. Also, people given then chance to be aware through the products information makes it like all medication/drugs, which is that it's on the individual to be responsible when using. If a product has clear warnings and information on it (I will check to see if this one does, but honestly think I remember that it does), it's not the product that is to blame if someone abuses it. Also, some people use melatonin to sleep because of insomnia, so if they can get their medication to sleep from a brownie, I think it is a great idea.

    Please understand that I fully accept this is only my opinion and for the most part we only disagree on opinions. I am not claiming you are giving wrong information (other than it not being extremely dangerous to anyone) or that your post is not of value. I don't wish to make enemies and I am just expressing how I view it as you do. No hard feelings.
  12. trdofbeingtrd
    I would also like to point out that their are numerous energy drinks/pills/shots out there and some of them are extremely more harmful to people than these brownies. I completely agree that they should not under any circumstances be placed where children can grab them or sold to children. Then again, I don't think children should be allowed to buy energy drinks which can cause them great harm, but it happens all the time. With the ingredients in some energy products, these brownies are very difficult to give such complaint about. If the brownies are sold in the correct way, I think people should complain and work to get some of these energy drinks off the market before going after something that when used responsibly can help those who suffer from insomnia and other such sleep disorders.
  13. torachi
    Massachusetts Officials Want Lazy Cakes Banned

    Lest you think that fruit-flavored concoctions mixing caffeine with alcohol were the extreme edge of the supplement industry, please meet Lazy Cakes.

    After the Red Bull era, in which dozens of foods and drinks were laced with supplements to "pump you up," come new offerings designed to calm you down and -- in the case of Lazy Cakes -- put you to sleep.

    A Lazy Cake is a chocolate brownie-covered dose of melatonin 24 times greater than what Europeans recommend for adults. It comes wrapped in a package featuring a cartoon character, yet the maker of Lazy Cakes claims adults are its only target. The brownies sell for about $2.50 to $5 in head shops, convenience and health stores.

    But in Fall River, Massachusetts, where local officials have been on guard after the recent controversy over alcohol and caffeine drinks, the relaxation brownies known as Lazy Cakes, Kush Cakes and Lulla Pies are proving to make people politically edgy.

    Fall River Mayor William Flanagan announced at a May 12 press conference that the city would immediately be taking up a local ordinance to ban the sale of Lazy Cakes.

    Mayor Flanagan charged that the brownie, with its psychedelic "Larry Lazy Cakes" cartoon character, is a child safety issue. Flanagan said this is a "a brownie that's packaged to attract kids."

    "It's shameful Corporate America would take such a product as a brownie, dress it up in colorful packaging, use a cartoon character to sell it and then place it on store shelves throughout our nation, where it can be accessed by our children," Flanagan said.

    Other elected officials in Massachusetts have signed on to throw "Larry Lazy Cakes" under the bus. In New Bedford, the council also agreed to consider a motion banning or regulating sleep snacks.

    "How are they able to sell this type of stuff?," one local official asked.

    Local Massachusetts officials admit they are not sure if they have the power to ban products like Lazy Cakes, which are sold in interstate commerce. That's generally the purview of the federal government, except that the melatonin-laced brownies are marketed as dietary supplements, so they're not subject to regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    Memphis-based Baked World has been selling Lazy Cakes since 2010. The company's official website makes no health or drug claims about Lazy Cakes. The ingredients, in addition to melatonin, include valerian root extract, rose hips extracts, and passion flower.

    Melatonin, in liquid and pill form, is sold in retail health and vitamin stores as a sleep aid. A 1-2 milligram dose is recommended, and 5-6 milligrams is usually enough to induce sleep. One Lazy Cake brownie contains 8 milligrams of melatonin. Package label information recommends eating half a brownie twice a day.

    In Europe, the common Melatonin prescription for adults is only .03 milligrams.

    Baked World has marketed Lazy Cakes only since 2010. Ingredients in addition to melatonin include valerian root extract, rose hips extracts, and passion flower. The Lazy Cake package also states the brownies are for adults only, and advises against driving, operating machinery or drinking alcohol after eating one of the chocolate baked goods.

    Emergencies involving melatonin -- almost 5,000 a year -- are more frequent than those associated with any other supplement, according to the National Capital Poison Center.

    After Boston television stations and other media picked up on the melatonin-brownie story, Terry Harris, chief executive officer for the company that owns Lazy Cakes, said he "welcomed the opportunity to have a conversation with Mayor Flanagan."

    Harris went on to say Lazy Cakes were created "to provide adults with a great-tasting way to combat stress associated with our fast-paced lives." He said the ingredients can all be purchased at any health food or vitamin store.

    BY DAN FLYNN | MAY 17, 2011
    http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/05/post-1/
  14. torachi
    Public health advocates and some mayors are sounding the alarm over Lazy Cakes, a brownie adorned with a lackadaisical cartoon character and laced with a powerful sleep aid that has sold millions nationwide.

    “Children are attracted to brownies,” said Dr. Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to put herbal things that are actually drugs in brownies or food items that are attractive to children. I think that’s heinous.”

    One Lazy Cake, which is wrapped in plastic with a photo of a smiling cartoon brownie, contains 8 mg of melatonin, a sleep-inducing supplement not regulated by the federal government. Apovian said 10 mg of melatonin would cause an adult to abruptly fall asleep.

    The brownies are being sold across the state and have drawn the ire of mayors in Fall River and New Bedford, who are calling for bans.

    Lazy Cakes were selling yesterday for $2.49 each at a Dorchester Tedeschi food shop, where they were displayed next to oatmeal cookies and above Twix and Butterfinger candy bars.

    The cartoon character Lazy Larry, used to market the “relaxation” brownies, is not geared toward children, said Lazy Cakes spokeswoman Laura Finlayson. The company has sold 2 million Lazy Cakes in the first six months on the market, she said.

    “He’s a relaxed brownie. That was the visual representation of a relaxed brownie. That was the purpose of using him. We gave him a personality,” she said, adding that the brownies are labeled for adult use only. “They are not marketed to children.”

    Fall River Mayor William Flanagan disagrees.

    “It’s despicable,” said Flanagan, who drafted an ordinance to ban Lazy Cakes.

    A concerned citizen first made him aware that the city’s 7-Eleven stores and bodegas were selling Lazy Cakes.

    New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang also wants to ban Lazy Cakes.

    “If you are going to have a product like this, you’ve got to have it carefully regulated and it can’t be available to children,” Lang said.

    Earlier this year, a 2-year-old Tennessee boy was hospitalized after a relative gave him a portion of a Lazy Cake, according to news reports.

    The uproar over Lazy Cakes comes on the heels of public outcry over the marketing of potentially harmful products to kids. The FDA last year forced stimulants to be removed from Four Loko, a fruity mix of alcohol and caffeine that was linked to deaths and illness.

    Herald Pulse Poll

    Should sleep-inducing Lazy Cakes brownies be banned from stores?

    37% - No, but they should be kept behind the counter to prevent kids from picking them up.

    21% - Yes, the cartoon image on the package could lure kids to eat them.

    42% - No, Massachusetts is already a nanny state and should let consumers make their own decisions.

    Poll Closed: 2011-05-16

    Colneth Smiley Jr. contributed to this report.

    By Jessica Fargen
    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1338121&srvc=rss

  15. Moving Pictures
    So I was at the gas station I frequent the most and saw these on the counter for sale. I asked the guy if they sell many and he said they've had them for a month or so and have sold maybe 10 or 12. I asked him if they do anything and he said he didn't know but told me I could have one for free (I spend there all the time and am cool with the guy). It tasted pretty much like any packaged browine (not very good). I felt nothing at all from it. Zero, zip, nada.

    I can't believe people are worried about this when it's kept at or behind the counter while energy drinks like NOS and Cocaine can be purchased off the shelf by any person of any age and can have 300+ mg of caffeine in them. If I drank that much I'd have to go to the hospital because it would give me a horrible anxiety attack. A cup of coffee is too much for me. Yet any kid can buy as many energy drinks as they want. While 300 mg of caffeine isn't physically dangerous to most adults, it could certainly be to a child. I know there are way more hospital admissions for energy drink overdoses than for these dumbass brownies (which don't even do anything or if they do it's too subtle to feel anyway).
  16. trdofbeingtrd

    I see you agree with my post on here. :)

    I agree all the way with you. Providing labeling has proper instructions/information and that they are not at level that children can grab/buy, I don't see the problem with these brownies.
  17. torachi
    How much more labeling do you think needs to get done? It says "Adults Only". It says "Not suitable for children". It says "Serving size 2". It says its not going to cure anything. It says not to drive, operate machinery or drink alcohol. It says it has 8 milligrams of melatonin. It says it has valerian, rose hips and passion flower. Do we need the brownies entire msds?

    I understand and agree to and extent about the children, but the root of the problem needs to be addressed:

    Is melatonin actually dangerous to children, or anyone? Its clear people are getting it confused with serious drugs.

    Who are these children, why are they shoplifting brownies, why are they in a bodega or gas station alone, where did they get the money to buy it, and above all, where are these phantom childrens parents?? State laws don't need to be parenting kids, parents do. Much more emphasis needs to be put on these factors as it would help more problems than just a stupid brownie.
  18. trdofbeingtrd
    ^^^ I am very confused here..........I think we agree on each others views regarding this subject. I saw the label myself, and agree it is a proper label for the product it is.
  19. torachi
    I guess we do then, I read it as though you thought it needed more instructions and whatnot. It doesn't really, its got enough for an intelligent human to make a formed decision. But you knew that so I'm beating a dead horse, huh? ;)

    Sorry.
  20. kailey_elise
    "No, Massachusetts is already a nanny state and should let consumers make their own decisions."

    *ding ding ding* There's the winning answer right there...

    *sometimes has to hang her head in shame for hailing from Taxachusetts*
    I don't think I could possibly agree with MP any more than I already do. The amount of press this is getting is obnoxious. No one said a word when I was 11 (and probably looked about 8) when I'd stop at the store every morning on the way to school to purchase a 16oz (we didn't have 20oz yet) bottle of Jolt Cola & either a package of LikAMaid or Pixie Stix, just as I'm sure no one would say anything if I were underage & slamming back one of those massively oversized 'energy drinks' that claim they're 2-4 servings (but we know everyone drinks them as one).

    The uproar is no doubt about the fact that they apparently have a stoner on the packaging. Why do they think colorful/psychedelic packaging is supposed to be 'enticing' children, instead of who it's REALLY marketed towards - college students???

    ~Kailey
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