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Can you tell the pot edibles from the regular snacks?

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Come January first, it will be legal to sell recreational pot to adults in California. Public health groups are trying to raise awareness about the dangers of edible marijuana products, especially with Halloween coming up.

Ever heard of Weetos? How about Kif Kats?

Well, the names sound like kid-favorites Hot Cheetos and Kit Kats, and the food looks similar.

But these munchies are very different: They’re marijuana edibles that can pack more THC into a few bites than you’d find in a typical joint.

Marshall High School Senior Michelle Noyola spoke at an outreach event in Pasadena on Friday.

"A lot of the seniors eat this around campus,” Noyola said. “They sell them to younger kids who have no idea what is inside any of these."

A graphic comparing pot edibles to regular snacks stands on the steps of Pasadena City Hall during an outreach event.
A graphic comparing pot edibles to regular snacks stands on the steps of Pasadena City Hall during an outreach event.
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Christy Zamani is Executive Director of Day One, a public health education nonprofit.

"All the products you see today have not gone through any kind of FDA approval,” Zamani said. "They're not regulated, we don't know how they're made at home, how much THC is in it."

The edibles on display were in brightly colored packages, despite a state law that says the packaging for these products must not be attractive to kids.

Zamani said it will be up to cities and counties to decide how to regulate edible pot.