Popular Medical Pot Candy Falling In Wrong Hands

KENT COUNTY, Mich.–Marijuana-laced treats, cannabis candy, medibles, weed candy.

A quick Google search for the stuff and you’re flooded with information on where to buy it in stores or online.

Designed to treat pain for patients with serious medical conditions, the product is made by extracting the active ingredient or THC in marijuana.

It has recently become a huge hit at dispensaries in West Michigan, but detectives are worried it is falling into the wrong hands too easily and too often.

Companies like Sweet Stone Candy, based in Grand Rapids, sell the product at 11 different medical marijuana dispensaries across the state, including locations in West Michigan.

“Almost everyone who came in bought medibles of some kind, capsules wax or some type of extract,” explains John Placencia, who operated American Meds, a dispensary off 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids.

He said for patients it offers an alternative to smoking and can be regulated easier.

“Medibles are popular here in Grand Rapids, Michigan because of the culture,  most people don’t want to smoke marijuana they prefer other methods of being able to utilize it,” he said.

To buy the marijuana-laced candy from a Michigan dispensary, patients need a state-certified medical marijuana card, but detectives with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office said that’s not always the case.

Investigators have recently busted three different dispensaries in Kent County for selling products to customers without a card.

”Legally, you’re supposed to have a card,” said Lt. Ron Gates with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. “But we have done investigations and determined that selling it to all card holders, they are selling it to people off the street.”

The candy has been popping up in the wrong places.

On Friday, two students at Three Rivers High School were caught with the pot candy. Police believe they bought it from another student.

Last spring, a group of 5th-graders in northern Michigan were caught eating the candy in the boy’s bathroom.

Medical marijuana advocates support the sale of the candy in Michigan for patients, but said it comes down to responsibility for the dispensaries and at home.

“Yes, it can fall into the wrong hands,” said Placencia.  “But that’s the same with vicodin, oxycondone, all these others ones, and that’s where our own responsibility comes into play.”

86 comments

    • pam

      Sweetstone candy is awesome and so is DC! He is a generous, caring, loveable individual that more people should strive to be like. Haters be hateing but I be loveing me some Candyman and Sweetstone!!

      • pam

        by they way I aint scared to give my real full name Pam Putnam, I don't hide behind fake names when I have something to say whether people like what I say or not

      • Guest

        Why can't I find SweetStone as a registered, legitimate business in Michigan? What licenses have they obtained to make and sell their products. If they are selling their product illegally then they can be the most generous people in the world but they are still criminals.

        • ^Stupid

          It's legal to sell items made in your own kitchen, It's called the Michigan Cottage Food Law and it was passed in July of 2010. Maybe before you start accusing people of being criminals you should take a moment to educate yourself. Why would you want the government regulating all this stuff? So they can pay $10,000 for a useless license to pay for 3 people to sit on their asses in Lansing? What did that accomplish?

          • sampson

            Well then be a better parent you joke. How old are you? It amazes me that people like you exist in the world today. Do you let your children drink ZZZzzquil? It's grape you know…. BTW My name is Sampson Mallory and I approve this message.

          • Guest

            First off, Michigan Cottage Food laws do not include those that have THC in them or any other schedule 1 controlled substance.

          • Guest

            It appears that this DC character also has another business where he creates Salsa. Salsa is prohibited from the Michigan Cottage Food Law. So he MUST have the proper licensing if he is producing all of this pot-candy and Salsa. Here is the link to his other site: http://www.claudescreations.com/

            And what is clear on the FAQ section Michigan MDARD site:
            "Can I produce and sell cooked vegetable products, like salsas, tomato sauces, spaghetti sauces, or foccacia bread with roasted vegetables?
            No. Food products made with cooked vegetable products do not qualify under the Cottage Food Law. Manufacturers of cooked vegetable products like salsas and tomato sauces, must meet significant federal and state training and licensing requirements."
            http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-50772_

          • Sky

            Shady looking indeed. How is it the news media outlets seem's too have investigated Sweetstone, why hasn't law enforcement or other agency's that are out too protect public safety? This is wrong

      • Guest

        I know right, haters always be hatin'. I met DC at the Snoop Dog show last year at the Intersection and his candies are the bomb. DC even tossed a few of his famous candies on the stage for our cool friend Snoop. DC is a ROCK STAR!
        Lovin' me some Sweetone too

        • Guest

          WHAT! He tossed his schedule 1 controlled substance onto a stage for Snoop Dogg! Isn't it true that the users of his candies are required to have medical marijuana cards? Carelessly throwing marijuana candy on stage is not a very wise, or safe, business practice. This DC guy must be an idiot and clearly not staying in compliance with the laws. No wonder 5th. graders are getting ahold of it so easy. Carless people need to pay for the crimes they commit to protect the other children. This is ridiculous.

          • sampson

            ya because you are basing all your scare tactics on bogus research done by the government. You are a box of fail guest.

      • Citizen For Justice

        Pam,
        It's great you and others feel that way about this drug dealer named DC. I'm sure you and others wont mind when Law Enforcement raids his company, seizes his assets and actions off all his property and belongings he purchased through illegal drug sales. This man has self admittedly been in business since 2011, yet has NEVER had a business licences, paid state or federal business taxes, employment taxes, social security or other fees and taxes that are required from ALL other businesses doing legit trade, commerce, manufacturing or any other business related entity. This company has been manufacturing illegal schedule one drugs and distributing them throughout the state, ILLEGALLY! He sells Salsa, vaporizers, and other items besides schedule 1 drug laced candies, and never has had a license or paid taxes on any revenues derived from these business, legal or not. That in itself is tax evasion, fraud and a slap in the face too every business and corporation in the State of Michigan.
        All this man and his company's assets should be seized, the owner and it's employees arrested and charged for every single indictment the prosecuting attorney can levee on this un believable business practice and it's owner.

      • sampson

        What company? THe company that was named but had nothing to do with any of the shit this article talks about? Glad to see you believe everything the man tells you

  • Guest

    I would like to see some reporting on companies like SweetStone and their compliance with FDA, DEA compliance and regulations. Where are these consumables being manufactured? In a home kitchen? What licensing do they have to go through? Are these manufacturers legal businesses? A quick search on the Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs site shows no business named SweetStone. Are companies like these feeding the public schedule 1 controlled substances without going through the proper governmental processes? Seems a little fishy to me.

    • Guest

      I agree, can't find anything on google. This DC guy has a Facebook page and is openly selling his home made candies. Maybe the police and prosecutor should look into this person and his business as well

      • honestlly

        Yeah, have police and prosecutors focus on this poor bastard while we continue to ignore all the criminal practices in the business world. That sounds like a really good use of government resources

    • Dan

      People are allowed in Michigan to make and sell home made baked goods out of their kitchen. Now, distributing it do various other businesses to sell, that might be another matter. But if your looking for compliance with DEA or FDA regulations, it's not going to happen. The Federal government does not allow people to sell or distribute or even possess schedule 1 controlled substances. And in reality, the FDA does not even come into play for any product until it crosses state lines.

      • Guest

        Interesting, according too his face book page he has been too California, Colorado, and other states with these candies his company makes. According too his company logo this company was established in 2011.

          • Susan

            Excuse me, but this companies products are making it into our schools. They are supposedly distributed too 11 dispensaries yet have showed up in children's possession on two separate locations on different date's. It seems these are readily available in other area's for these children too get them. This is very disturbing and should be looked at by law enforcement. Has this company even been paying tax's?

          • Susan

            I think you're misconstruing what the news said. They didn't find this company's candy in the schools, they found candy LIKE this candy in the schools.

    • Guest

      Are you thick? Laws have been passed allowing food to be manufactured in the home kitchen. Have you ever been to a farmers market? All items are clearly labeled as such. As far as the "proper government process" for dealing with a schedule 1 substance, there isn't one, that's why it's a schedule one substance you freaking doofus.

      • Steve

        Great point. The candies in question are not simply just candies according too the companies web site, the news article and some of the posts on this story. Is there not regulations on oral medications? Quality control? These candies which they are calling medicine are meant for sick people, so they say. Contamination could be lethal.

  • Guest

    DCisLame
    Why would you say such a thing? DC is a wonderful man and human being. He has helped so many and has offered too help me. I'm a cancer patient in Virginia and DC has offered too come all the way from Michigan too help me with his wonderful candies and didn't want any compensation for any of it. Not even gas money.
    Pam, thank you for a beautiful testimony on DC's behalf. I wish I could post my real name as well, but medical marijuana is still not legal in Virginia. I hope that changes soon so people like DC and his company will be able too sell his products in my state as well.

    • guest

      you must be one of the fortunate ones that DC in his spirit of generosity decided you were worth helping. i am currently helping a cancer patient that DC decided he did not have the time/resources or willingness to help right here in MI. So i am happy to here that you are getting what you need but what about the rest of us.I contend you only know one side of Sweetstone Candy. it is fortunate that you have not come to know the money grubbing self centered bait and switch hustler under the guise of helping others with terminal diseases

  • Steve

    Honestly Stupid Nosey People DCisLame, is this like an episode of Jeopardy or what? Looks more like Romper Room than a story about Medical Marijuana candies.

  • Tom

    Why hasn't the CEO of Sweetstone made a public statement on such a serious situation? Does the guy even care his drug filled candies are making it too school children?

    • Susan

      My guess is he is huddling with his attorney's right now. This looks like nothing more than a company catering too the hip-hop rave drug culture than about medical marijuana. The comments on this story pretty much proves that in itself.

  • Guest

    Any illegal business needs to be investigated. Especially illegal businesses that are producing Candy laced with schedule 1 drugs which is getting into the hands of children and schools. People need to do things legally and proper or not at all. I hope this DC is fully investigated by the IRS and the local and state governments.

  • Duane

    The police should arrest this DC guy and throw him in prison where he belong's and then maybe he will follow and respect the law of the land. He seems too think he's above everyone else and the laws and rule's do not apply too him.

  • Concerned Parent

    Here is a statement that DC posted on their Facebook page Sunday:

    " As a friendly reminder: We do not SELL our candies. What we ask for is a donation for our time, energy, expertise, and supplies for our product. We deal with legal medical cannabis caregivers so that they may provide quality, smokeless meds to their patients. We do not condone the use of our candies by children and our packaging reflects that opinion. Please be responsible with your medication.

    I love you guys and I know you love us. Help us stay safe and operating within the boundaries of the law.

    Claude"

    Sweetstone has totally changed their website. They had a google map that showed all the stores that you could "PURCHASE" their drugs from. The locations link is suddenly removed. Now he is claiming that they take donations only? Even if it were for donations only he'd have to be setup as a Not For Profit entity in Michigan.

    I really hope the police investigate this crook! He needs to pay for illegal business practices and drug trafficking.

    • Citizen For Justice

      I'm sure the car dealership that sold him his brand new car only asked for donations too. How many mortgage companies let ya pay with a donation? Electric bills? Gas stations? Grocery stores?
      This man has probably never held a real and honest paying job in his whole life.

    • Truth

      Who are you kidding? DC will sell ANYONE a pack of his pot laced candies to anyone with $5.00.
      Dontations? You guy's crack me up. I guess the car dealership just lets DC make a donation instead of a car payment. I'm sure when he fly's to CO or CA for pot parties, the airlines just lets him make a donation. I'm sure his rent is based on a donation only pay scale.
      Donations. What a joke

      • Bradley

        Truth, you are absolutely right, this is a scam and an illegal scam using illegal drugs. I am appalled the police have not arrested this DC guy yet and closed down his illegal business. DC should be sitting in prison serving a 10 year sentence.

  • Lacy

    I encourage everyone too call the Kent County Sheriff's dept at (616) 632-6100 and demand that this DC drug dealer guy is arrested and charged with distributing illegal schedule 1 narcotics.

  • Andrew

    Sweetstone sounds like a scam too me. Looks like this guy has taken advantage of the medical marijuana law in Michigan and exploited it for personal gain. This is a drug dealer using the mmj law as a cover too sell his drugs. Anyone that thinks that the products Sweetstone makes are only going too legal law abiding mmj patient's are either naive or blind.

  • fkthejews

    You conservatives are real pieces of s. I guess you don’t believe in the right to make your own health decisions or decide what you can eat. I guess you big government fascists want the government to make those decisions for you.

  • Concerned Citizen

    In light of today's Michigan Supreme Court ruling which reaffirmed the thoughts and opinion's of many, Sweetstone and companies like it are "ILLEGAL in the State of Michigan. The recent law regarding possession of one ounce or less of marijuana does not even allow for what this DC character and his company are doing. This is not simple possession, it's manufacturing with intent too deliver, and both will be easy for the Kent County prosecuting attorney too charge and convict this drug dealer and send him off too prison where he belongs. If the Kent County prosecutor will not arrest and charge this man, how can arrest and charge anyone for similar charges?

    • Citizen For Justice

      The CEO's of these drug dealing networks usually graduate too the next level, an institutionalized life in prison, or as a Canary for the local DEA. One can only wonder which path this CEO will take.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I urge everyone too call the Kent County prosecutor and ask too have Sweetstone shut down and its company CEO and all it's employees face criminal felony charges for manufacturing and delivering a schedule 1 narcotic.
    Kent County Prosecutor
    82 Ionia Ave NW
    Grand Rapids
    (616) 632-6888

    • Jimmy

      I called the prosecutors office and asked them what the opinion is on today's Michigan Supreme Court ruling and if they were happy with the decision with the court. He said yes.
      I asked him how happy they are?
      And he responded
      "Happier than an Antelope with night vision goggles".

  • Concerned Citizen

    Here is contact info for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
    Michigan Department of Attorney General

    Lansing Office

    G. Mennen Williams Building, 7th Floor
    525 W. Ottawa St.
    P.O. Box 30212
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Main Number (517) 373-1110
    Facsimile (517) 373-3042

    Detroit Office

    Cadillac Place, 10th Floor
    3030 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 10-200
    Detroit, MI 48202
    (313) 456-0240
    Facsimile (313) 456-0241

    Grand Rapids Office

    State Office Building, Suite 4C
    350 Ottawa NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    (616) 356-0400
    Facsimile (616) 356-0411

    Consumer Protection Division

    P.O. Box 30213
    Lansing, MI 48909
    (517) 373-1140
    Toll Free (877) 765-8388
    Facsimile (517) 241-3771
    Charitable Trust Section

    • Amanda

      Interesting, I have seen pictures on DC's face book page and he has his medicated candies spread all over his bed so he can take a picture of his products and post them online. Straight, gay or not, that's just disgusting under any circumstance. Who would want to buy candies or any type of food that's been placed on someones bed?
      I'm sure DC will say he just washed his bed sheets, you decide.

  • Bradley

    The police need to arrest this guy now and close down his illegal drug trade business. What part of the Medical Marijuana Law allows for such illegal companies to be in business? The Kent County Prosecutor's office should be all over this guy with multiple drug charges and tax evasion and toss him in a dark, cold prison cell for 10 years and let him think about the crimes he is committing at the expense of the youth in the state of Michigan. Seize all his assets and donate the proceeds to the local DEA.

  • Jack Smith

    This is not simple possession, it's manufacturing with intent too deliver, and both will be easy for the Kent County prosecuting attorney too charge and convict this drug dealer and send him off too prison where he belongs.

  • Christopher

    I think it is funny everyone is calling it a schedule one drug LOL like its heroin or somthing you people are stupid for that but the fact that its getting to our kids I do not agree with at all…giving marijuana a bad name…

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