Wareham Board of Health targets stores selling synthetic marijuana

By Matthew Bernat | Oct 18, 2017
Courtesy of: www.justhinktwice.gov Gummy bears allegedly containing synthetic marijuana were confiscated from Wareham stores and the Board of Health is looking into if any local regulations were violated.

The Wareham Board of Health is investigating if the sale of colorfully packaged candy and brownies apparently laced with synthetic marijuana violates town regulations.

“The gummy bears look like gummy bears you would buy at any convenience store,” Health Inspector Patrick MacDonald told board members on Wednesday.

Health Agent Robert Ethier said that representatives from the offending stores will appear before the board on Nov. 1. The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Town Hall. Ethier declined to name the stores, saying the products are currently being tested by authorities.

“By then we’ll have enough information to go further and say if this is a finable offense, and if they’re caught again there will be a revocation of the license,” said Ethier.

He noted that the products were found during routine tobacco inspections. After the inspection, they were confiscated and local police, State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health were all notified.

Ethier said police are testing the products for synthetic marijuana, which contains chemicals that mimic the effects of THC, the mood altering substance found in natural marijuana.

In 2013, the board passed regulations banning the sale of those drugs in the wake of a nationwide scare where many people were hospitalized, or in some cases died, after ingesting products advertised as synthetic marijuana or bath salts. The products skirted drug laws because at the time there were no prohibitions against selling the chemical compounds.

Ethier said some of the local sellers may have been unclear about what is legal to sell following the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts last year. Despite legalization, it is still illegal to sell marijuana while the state irons out regulations for dispensaries.

“They think the law has changed, but it hasn’t,” said Ethier. “They’re not a dispensary and can’t sell marijuana or marijuana derivatives anyways.”

Comments (7)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Oct 19, 2017 07:49

The BOH should be doing something about the exploding use of powdered water and milk flavor additives. This is an epidemic that makes the use of flavored cigars small potatoes.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Oct 19, 2017 09:36

And the stores from which the synthetic marijuana laced candy have been confiscated are:???????

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 19, 2017 11:35

It is hard to comprehend that synthetic marijuana and gummy bears would ever be put together and sold...possibly legally! It is also hard to comprehend that they need to 'investigate' if it violates town regulations.


If an adult wants to experience the effects of marijuana, they can achieve it in many ways.  None of which should resemble anything intended for children! It's much too easy to accidentally fall into the wrong hands.  Can you imagine a 5 year old getting their hands on a bag of such gummy bears?


How can such a thing be good for anything?

Posted by: Knocked for six | Oct 19, 2017 22:01

Not big on gummy bears but I'm open to trying new things.

Posted by: Warehamlifer | Oct 20, 2017 07:27

I agree with WBTS,Although my wife and myself have no kids,we think it could easily get in the hands of a young child with very bad results.maybe we should vote just like Milford did.and vote to ban any recreational marijuana shops and grow facilities in Wareham.just a thought,we don't smoke and I have no problem with an adult smoking,but I'm just thinking of the consequences if only just one child gets their hands on something that they think is candy.

Posted by: bob | Oct 20, 2017 12:37

WBTS,WAREHAMLIFER,I agree with both of your comments ,but would our BOS feel that way......It seems there interest is only extra revenue......

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Oct 20, 2017 13:28

Pockets being lined

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