Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is suing five retailers over the illegal sale of delta-8 THC products that mimic products that appeal to children under the state’s Unfair Trade Practices Act. Tong is also sending letters to all vape products retailers in the state warning them of selling such products without the proper license.
“If you offer delta-8 THC products for sale in your establishment that exceed .3 percent THC on a dry weight basis and you do not hold such a license, you are in violation of Connecticut law. For your information, we have included below photographs of products that were recently purchased from retailers in Connecticut that purport to contain delta-8 THC. The sale of such products may expose you to criminal and civil liability. Please remove any such products from your shelves and dispose of them immediately.” — Tong in the letter
In a statement, Tong said that, “Any unlicensed Connecticut retailer selling delta-8 THC products that purport to contain high levels of THC is breaking the law and may be subject to both criminal and civil penalties.”
Tong said the letter and lawsuits follow an undercover investigation that “revealed widespread sale of untested, unregulated, delta-8 edibles mimicking popular youth snacks” and that the five retailers served with lawsuits “offered some of the most egregious look-alike edibles posing the worst risks for accidental youth poisoning.”
The attorney general’s investigation uncovered products that mimicked popular candies and snacks such as Skittles, Warheads, Lifesavers Gummies, Nerds Rope, Gobstopper Chewy, Sour Patch Kids, Airheads, Fritos, Rice Krispies, and Cocoa Pebbles.
The lawsuits were filed against Raheem Mini Mart and AZ Smoke Shop and Wireless in Manchester, Smokers Paradise and 7 Puff in East Hartford, and Anthony’s Service Station Inc. In Plainville.
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