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Weed cookies that resemble famous snack brands prompt concerns over 'Targeting Children'

'This is extremely discouraging and alarming to know that these products could end up in the hands of our young children who think they're having an afternoon snack that cannot be allowed,' said New York Senator Todd Kaminsky.

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'This is extremely discouraging and alarming to know that these products could end up in the hands of our young children who think they're having an afternoon snack that cannot be allowed,' said New York Senator Todd Kaminsky.

'This is extremely discouraging and alarming to know that these products could end up in the hands of our young children who think they're having an afternoon snack that cannot be allowed,' said New York Senator Todd Kaminsky.

"Due to Delta-8 THC being naturally found in hemp, retailers have exploited this loophole since hemp is not illegal," said a letter addressed to the New York Health Department's Commissioner Howard Zucker signed by Kaminsky and three other local officials on Wednesday.

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"Companies are taking advantage of the loophole by putting their products in packaging that is clearly targeting children in a very dangerous way," said Kaminsky at a press conference with other local officials Tuesday."This means that many unregulated cigarette stores and 'health products' retailers sell products containing Delta-8 THC," the letter said.

It added the state is still"working on creating a state-licensed and state-regulated adult marijuana use industry" that"includes specific provisions limiting youth access."New York GovernorAndrew Cuomosigned legislation legalizing recreational marijuana on April 30. headtopics.com

"Our new state law even requires the new regulations to look at rules restricting marketing and advertising to youth," the letter said."Yet, to allow a hemp compound so similar to marijuana to go unregulated is ridiculous and dangerous."

The letter is in response to the health department's Cannabinoid Hemp program's proposed revised regulations as part of the department's overall regulations that are subject to public comment until July 19, said Jill Montag, the state health department's communications director, wrote to

Newsweek."After such time, the Department will assess all comments and if no further changes are necessary, adopt the regulations as written, at which time the prohibition on products manufactured with Delta 8 created through isomerization will be immediately effective," she said.

"DOH has the responsibility to protect Long Islanders by taking swift action to prohibit the unregulated sale of products containing Delta-8," the letter concluded.Newsweekreached out to Kaminsky for additional comment but did not hear back in time for publication. headtopics.com

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Thai greenhouse workers trim damaged marijuana leaves and care for plants at the greenhouse facilities at the Rak Jang farm on March 25, in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Weed cookies in Long Beach, New York, resembling famous snacks are prompting concerns over"targeting children."

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