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Fall River, New Bedford Try To Ban ‘Lazy Cakes’

BOSTON (CBS) – If you haven’t heard of Lazy Cakes, authorities in Fall River and New Bedford wish it would stay that way.

They want them banned from stores because they could be harmful to children.

So what is a Lazy Cake?

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

On the company’s Facebook page, they call it a “Tasty chocolate treat that brings on the ultimate state of relaxation.”

“The magic of Lazy Cakes™, the original relaxation brownie, is in its proprietary blend that includes herbal relaxation aids melatonin, Valerian Root Extract, Rose Hips Extract, and Passion Flower,” the company says.

That’s the problem, according to Fall River Mayor William Flanagan.

“These brownies are laced with melatonin,” he said at a news conference Thursday. “Melatonin is a sleep aid.”

“If someone wants to buy melatonin, that’s fine, but it shouldn’t be in a brownie that’s packaged to attract kids,” he added.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

There’s about eight milligrams of melatonin in each of the so-called brownies. Even a single serving size, which is half the brownie, far exceeds the recommended dose.

“In Europe, the common prescription as a sleep aid for adults is .03 milligrams,” said Dr. John Benanti, the head of Emergency Services at South Shore Hospital. “So this would be a lot, even for adults.”

The makers of Lazy Cakes issued this statement:

“We have not been contacted by the Mayor’s office in regard to their specific questions about our product but we welcome a conversation with Mr. Flanagan. We created Lazy Cakes to provide adults with a great-tasting way to combat the stress associated with our fast-paced lives. Ingredients include items that anyone can purchase at any health food or vitamin store, such as melatonin, Valerian Root Extract, Rose Hips Extract, and Passion Flower. Each Brownie is clearly labeled to indicate that we recommend that Lazy Cakes be enjoyed by adults only. We encourage parents to check the label before providing this or any product to their children.” -Terry Harris, CEO of HBB, LLC, makers of Lazy Cakes.

Flanagan said that’s not enough to keep the brownies on store shelves in his city.

“Even though the product says it’s not intended for children’s use, its psychedelic packaging and its cartoon character, known as Lazy Larry, indicate otherwise,” he said.

Flanagan asked the City Council to pass an ordinance to ban it from stores.

New Bedford City Councilor Bruce Duarte, Jr. has filed a motion to set an ordinance in his city to ban or regulate the sale of Lazy Cakes.

Duartesaid he only found out about them on Thursday and started doing some research online.

“One of the articles I had read was how a two-year-old had gotten a hold of one of these brownies, ate it and had to be hospitalized. That was certainly concerning to me,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Friday.

“These products, in my opinion, are geared toward children.”

“If these are not suitable for children, in my opinion they should be where the cigarettes are.”

Even though the package indicates the cakes are not for kids, Duarte said that’s not enough to stop them from being sold.

“I don’t know that the person who may be 16, 17, or 18 years old at the register is checking ID’s when they’re selling these products.”

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  1. Hyper-success says:

    Lazy Cakes……Hahahaaa… the modern version of weed, except this one looks like a pop tart. A TRUE example of our culture and identity of the future generation

    1. racefanaz says:

      taxachusets , boston, and dopey southies in general NEVER EVER take responsibility for themselves, lazy cakes basically describes ALL southies

      1. Joe says:

        Hey RaceFanaz….did you know that South Boston had the highest attrition rate per capita in the ENTIRE UNITED STATES during the VIET NAM WAR?…another A hole from Cambridge that doesnt know what they are talking about

      2. John Miller says:

        “South Boston had the highest attrition rate per capita in the ENTIRE UNITED STATES during the VIET NAM WAR?”

        In other words, the most incompetent soldiers in the U.S. came from South Boston.

    2. icetrout says:

      Stupid Politician just looking for free attention.

      1. ww says:

        Should just call them Democrat cakes.

      2. bddd says:

        Amen!

      3. pazzammie says:

        What about the 28 vaccines babies have to get? They don’t say anything about that with autism going up 6000 percent.Well the one facet of society that hasn’t had a 6000 percent increase in Autism is the Amish because they don’t pump their kids with pharma cartel vaccines….but yeah! Brownies ooooo scary.

      4. MD says:

        Pazzamie
        Do your research. Immmunizations are not related to autism – MANY studies have shown this. The guy who released the one study that showed a correlation lost his medical license. Get your facts straight.

      5. JJDOGBERT says:

        “The guy who released the one study that showed a correlation lost his medical license”

        You mean the guy that said that they could be related, and that vaccine autism connection needed more study? Yeah there’s no cartel cause they told you so… Go back to sleep, drink your fluoride, eat your MSG, take your shots laced with fetal tissue and thiomersal, and when your body rots from the inside out have fun trying to guess what did it to you. TOOL!!!

    3. chemist says:

      Lazy cakes are very far removed from weed, even if they’re designed to capitalize on marijuana imagery. Melatonin is a naturally occurring chemical in the brain and isn’t even proven to directly cause sleepiness, but rather helps mediate the circadian rhythm; eating a brownie in daylight will probably not cause any noticeable effect unless the person sleeps on a nocturnal cycle because of work or whatever.

      1. AntiLily says:

        That’s why they want them pulled. They’ll regulate water to make us drink fluoride and harden our pineal gland but they’ll BAN anything that might awaken us from this STUPOR.

      2. pazzammie says:

        I bought one of these,got REAL sleepy tried to walk,and felt like I was going to puke.My head felt funny in an unpleasant way like a steel ball smashing back and forth when you’d move your head.
        I crawled back to the couch passed out,had WEIRD unpleasant dreams,and eventually woke up the next morning feeling….unrested.
        You could use these for date rape.They are always sold out where I live.I agree w/the label DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE when eating these.
        They suck,and they will mess you up,and I wouldn’t say in a good way.
        I am surprised they are legal.They sell them in a gas station here.
        But why not? kids can get synthetic cocaine like Ritalin (methamphetamine) and all sorts of other drugs legally that copy the illegal ones. They just have to get the from the man in the white coat who pushes the pharma cartel pushers.
        I guess they know how to dope the kids up just right so they learn to be a burden on society in the schools.I think they just don’t like that these are being sold in gas stations instead of pushed by teachers and drug companies.

    4. darryl says:

      are you that lazy?

    5. racefanaz says:

      @ Joe, hey im NOT from cambridge or whatever, i wouldn’t live in that northeast union leftist nightmare for any amount of money,
      and if the southies had the highest atrrition in the US during that old vietnam thing, MAYBE THEY SHOULD HAVE DUCKED THE DOPES , come to think of it,
      in my 5 years of active dutiy in the Marines, i cant recal a SINGLE person from the bawstun area

      1. Mary says:

        Maybe you should take a visit to one of the several Marine recruiting stations in Massachusetts then, instead of demonstrating your ignorance. My brother (from the “Bawstun” area) is an active duty Marine, and was one of MANY recent recruits. Young men and women are being recruited and signing up from this area on a constant basis- he is home on leave at the moment for that very reason.

      2. Boston Blackie says:

        i cannot believe that..John Kerry served in Vietnam..just ask him

    6. lolindeed says:

      The future generation can’t wait until ignorant bigots like you die off. People don’t need/want what goes into their bodies regulated by government, and the current generation in power uses morality as justification for making senseless, arbitrary ban-happy laws. Also, the modern version of weed is still weed. “Lazy cakes” have melatonin, which is a naturally-occurring substance. How stupid are you?

      1. Jeff Callahan says:

        @ lolindeed – phuckin ay!

      2. Rob says:

        Seriously…I mean good lord…i thought all the BS being said about bath salts and spice was funny….But this story is seriously passed funny. This seriously tells me that I need to leave this country. EVERY SINGLE INGREDIENT can be bought at ANY shop that sells vitamins. And to ALL the people on here that think this should be banned. and ESPECIALLY to pazzammie or whatever you called yourself…..Im seriously struggling to find a word for yall….pathetic is the closest i can think of…. “You could use these for date rape.. “…. ARE YOU FREAKIN SERIOUS? MAYBE if you fed it to a that 2 year old! People like you just need to die or get the hell out of this country. Yall are the reason why our country is just a few more dumb a@@ laws away from being SOCIALISTIC. If thats what you want, LEAVE. I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK! Right on lolindeed and everyone else that has or uses more that 2% of their brains.

    7. pazzammie says:

      The future generations are wasted on kiddie pills like synthetic cocaine from the school shrinks.They will just be a burden on society and flushed down the toilet anyway trying to pay the national debt.
      It looks like Sponge Bob She it Pants to me or Sponge Bob Sheet pants after a hygiene mishap not a poptart.

    8. Eduardo says:

      The real danger is the Valerian root, especially for children or pregnant women, but anyone can have a bad reaction. Just because some of these ingredients are over the counter supplements, does not mean they should be put in food products aimed at children and stupid adults. You cannot regulate how much you are ingesting as you can with a supplement, and kids will keep eating sweets like this to the point of toxic levels, and are much more easily overdosed on ingredients because of their size.
      Valerian:
      Large doses or chronic use may result in stomach ache, apathy, and a feeling of mental dullness or mild depression. Because of the herb’s tranquilizer properties, it may cause dizziness or drowsiness, effects that should be considered before driving or operating heavy or hazardous equipment.[24] In some individuals, valerian can cause stomach ache, anxiety, and night terrors .
      In rare cases, valerian may cause an allergic reaction, typically as a skin rash, hives, or difficulty breathing.[24]

      Because the compounds in valerian produce central nervous system depression, they should not be used with other depressants, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or opiates.[26][27][28] Moreover, nonpregnant adult human hepatotoxicity has been associated with short-term use (i.e., a few days to several months) of herbal preparations containing valerian and Scutellaria (commonly called Skullcap).[29] Long-term use in a male has also been associated with benzodiazepine-like withdrawal symptoms, resulting in cardiac complications and delirium

    9. Hairy Herry says:

      Yet these same politicians have no problem with our kids getting drugged by Ritalin and other pharma, often at the recommendation of one’s teacher. They can whine and moan all they wish about “It’s a legal prescription” but these same blowhards and their upper-crust politicos in C0nGr3$$ have likely received contributions from these same big $$ pharma.

      If this nation is TRULY SERIOUS about the drug War and returning our already-lost freedoms, eliminating political contributions from big pharma would be a nice start.

    10. whitneymuse says:

      Laced with an herbal “drug” for kids? What were they thinking?

  2. Lakin Lankford says:

    This is ridiculous. How many other products on the market are “harmful for children”?

    Some more dangerous, unregulated products that immediately come to my mind are:
    Energy Drinks
    Acetaminophen
    Ibuprofren
    Food preservatives

    This is just another example of a government considering to implement a knee-jerk reaction to one or two cases of irresponsible parents or retailers. Big Brother’s gotta save everyone right? It crosses both major political parties. This “need” to regulate everything. This reminds me so much of a few years back when the federal government was considering requiring a choking hazard label on all hot dog packaging. Preposterous!

    1. racefanaz says:

      same STUPID dumb democrats that banned the best drink around
      4 LOKO!!

      1. John says:

        Oh yeah right. It’s always Democrats that want things banned. Give me a break.

      2. Mark Santeramo says:

        Um, who are you kidding, seriously, do you even watch or read the news? You know, multiple sites so you can get a well rounded viewpoint of the issues instead of one side of the debate that you get from watching only FOX or MSNBC. Please, both parties do it but LATELY its been the GOP doing the most harm with their legislation outlawing abortions and gay marriage, for example, among other things. So yes, open your eyes to the real world and admit that your own party makes mistakes too. Independents like myself cannot stand hypocritical nonsense.

      3. Apathy says:

        Woodrow Wilson – Prohibition
        Franklin D. Roosevelt – Outlawed Marijuana nationally.

        Democrats want your guns, your smokes, your violent video games. Yes, John – the Democrats are all about control.

      4. picomanning says:

        Don’t forget it was FDR that made gold ownershiup illegal.
        Who made it legal later and when was that? Anyone know?

    2. Homer J. says:

      “The toppings contain potassium benzoate………..that’s bad.”

      “Can I go now ?”

      1. afrosheen says:

        LOL! Well played!

    3. Mrs.Opinion says:

      Don’t forget Visine! Stuff can hospitalize a child for severely low blood pressure – no child proof tops there or government outcry..

      1. USDefender says:

        Oh, and since Visine is marketed as a food with a cool cartoon character on the side… oh wait. I can already tell you’ll be at the front of the Class Action trough when people figure out that drugs in food packages might not be a great idea.

    4. p k d says:

      These came to my mind:

      Soft drinks
      Fast food
      TV

  3. DarthVader says:

    Oh I get by with a little help from my friends, Mmm,I get high with a little help from my friends, Mmm, I’m gonna try with a little help from my friends. …

  4. Barry A Kenyan says:

    Seriously MASS you are one worthless state!! run by libs that just have to be in everyone business. Then you wonder why your state sucks so bad.

    1. McSorley says:

      Yea then tossed your medals on the white house lawn and protested the war you fought in. Congrats

    2. SENIOR MASS. SENATOR says:

      Catch me doing a http://www.liveshot on WBZ tonight.

      1. HANOI JOHN KERRY says:

        It’s http://www.LIVESHOT.cc

    3. matt says:

      yes, the libs in MASS suck, but I was unaware we sucked. MASS is an awesome place to live.

      1. IN MEMORY OF MARY JO says:

        It is awsome. If you happen to be a democrat hack or an illegal alien.

        http://www.CoupeDeval.com

  5. TruthMeister says:

    8 GRAMS per brownie? Can this be right? I take 10 MILLIgrams to get to sleep at night, and even that is high for most people. There are 200 tablets in my bottle. If I took the whole bottle that would still be only 1/4 of what would be in the brownie. I think that amount might kill even an elephant!

    1. Lamont says:

      As usual, the media gets it wrong.

      There are only 4 mg of melatonin in each brownie.

      The site says they are not for children.

      I’ve taken melatonin before and it does not get you high or make you feel euphoric, just a little sleepy.

      If you take melatonin long enough, it will stop working.

      1. Herculano Fecteau says:

        Excuse me — we’re not talking about you or any other adult “legal” dopers here. We’re talking about a toxproicduct which appears to be being promoted with a marketing strategy aimed at little children. It’s obvious this is not just another example of “nanny-state” over-reaction. Parents who are irrresponsible to feed these dangerously “legal treats” to small children are the same sort of bozos who might give their kids a shot of brandy or a few tokes off a jointm=, or a little “toot”, to “help them get to sleep”. And any idiot, like yourself, who would downplay the dangers of such a “snack” to children is equally deserving of the “bozo” designation.

      2. Dreamtime says:

        This has got to be the stupidest idea for a product. Chocolate covered Melatonin. I can’t believe there is a market for this. It should be taken off the shelves for making people fat and lazy. Duhhh

      3. Ron Washington says:

        i agree with you lamont… apparently Herculano Fectablahblah is used to having people do his/her thinking for them. its getting pretty sad in this country that all you have to say is “what about the children” and all of a sudden you have just lost the right to make decisions for yourself. Herculano is a brainwashed twit. If you don’t think its good for your children don’t buy them. Many parents give their children melatonin to help them sleep you ignorant schmuck (this is addressed to Herculano). Get a grip

      4. Sean says:

        Herculano Fecteau,
        Not only is your post a clear indication that you simply cannot think for yourself, but the mere fact that you actually used words like “doper, bozo, and toot” make it achingly obvious that you’re just a conservative soccer mom who probably considers wine coolers to be a hard drug. Live a little, ok?
        “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
        – Benjamin Franklin

      5. Voyager says:

        Well, looking at the dosage and toxicity for Melatonin, I found this:
        http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10882&page=368 which references other studies that seem to indicate melatonin requires an extremely high dosage before you start seeing harmful effects, but that some people also show harmful side effects are far lower doses. Still, it looks like most people can take well over 1,000 mg (1 gram) a day with no noticeable side effects. It doesn’t do anything for you beyond around 0.5mg, but it doesn’t kill you either.

        Basically, it looks like these brownies are probably completely safe for kids, except for the one who are outliers that show strong reactions to low doses, and in that case, the susceptibility won’t go away as the kid gets older.

        Tempest in a teapot

      6. Chris says:

        Herculano Fecteau, from the available medical studies of melatonin on children no side effects have been observed. But what concerns me about your comment is that you think laws can protect children from irresponsible parents. If you actually thought through this belief to its logical conclusion, I think you’d realize how useless it is. In fact, you already admitted how useless it is with your brandy example. So how exactly is banning melatonin-laced brownies going to protect children?

      7. USDefender says:

        As usual the idiots comment who can’t actually read. According to the label there are 4MG of “Proprietary Calming Blend Melatonin” in every 1/2 brownie. Even in idiot math 1/2 x 2 = 1 (4 x 2 = 8).

    2. Truthteller says:

      Relax, the article has a typo- the label says there are 4 mg per cake!

      1. bob says:

        While I beleive that this is a stupid product, it fits into American gratification-culture well. Energy drinks, cars that park themselves, iPhones, the politics of sexuality, “rights” to physical goods and services, Prozac for those who want to feel good about their delusions of living ethical lives, and booster-seat cars for the insecure.

        Cartoons appeal to adults, and their use in advertising doesn’t allow one to conclude that something’s being marketed to kids. “Look, Mabel, those jerks are trying to lure children into buying Mr. Clean!” And what’s up with Honda’s Mr. Opportuinty? I guess Quilted Northern is using its red bears to seduce kids into buying toilet-paper.

    3. Frank Davis says:

      I have a Lazy Cake once in awhile when I know I’ve got the next day off and really need to sleep in. The directions on the package says eat only have the brownie every four hours. I *blush* eat the whole thing then go to bed. But if you can’t read directions then don’t take it.

      1. rmsbl4 says:

        It looks like you have eaten a few of them before posting. (EAT ONLY HAVE).

    4. ANIMALAURA says:

      10 GRAMS is the normal ADULT dose! The story is based on sensationalism as usual.

    5. shamrock says:

      Had you read and comprehended the article you would have known that there are eight (8) MILLIgrams of melatonin in each brownie and the serving size is one half (1/2) of a brownie. Pay attention to what you read and you won’t look foolish when posting.

  6. brian says:

    based in the unemployment stats i dont think we need anything to make us lazier
    and i dont think the state or federal government needs to get involved in anything that has to do with private business.

    1. racefanaz says:

      those stupid southies dont want to work anyway, they’re democrats

  7. Jonathan Berger says:

    really? REALLY? these poeple should have enough common sense to be able to watch thier children and keep them from eating these. The issue becomes, that they don’t have the time or the initiative to take care fo their children properly, so they have to resort to a nanny state government coming in and forcing the company to stop making the product so they don’t have to take ANY responsibility.

    1. rmsbl4 says:

      COMMON SENSE? Look at all the stories of kids deciding to take a walk out of the house and the parents didn’t know where they had gone. COMMON SENSE.

      1. fsgdf says:

        right they were probably following a cartoon holding brownies.

  8. Tom says:

    They should introduce the cousin cake to “Lazy Larry”. They can call it BUTT FACE BILLY. What an A—-le

  9. Special Treats says:

    I want to try one because after a hard day at work mmmm good, “special” legal brownies too funny.

  10. NES says:

    8 grams?! Are you sure it’s not 8 mg? 3 to 5 mg is the typical amount in sleep aid supplements, and one-tenth of those amounts has been found to be enough to induce sleep. BTW, melatonin is also a natural hormone secreted from the pineal gland in the brain that regulates our sleep cycle and is also found naturally in some foods. It’s also great for resetting one’s sleep cycle while recovering from jet lag.

  11. toker says:

    4:20 is better.

    1. S. Toner says:

      much, much better. here in CA, its always 4:20!

    2. gsgfdsdfg says:

      aren’t you clever

  12. racefanaz says:

    WHY IS IT that all you dummies from taxa chusests keep voting for these drunk irish democrat leftists?! YOU PEOPLE keep voting for them its YOUR OWN FAULT, by comparison WE IN THE FREE REPUBLIC OF ARIZONA DO NOT!! if we can do it SO CAN YOU!! .. FREE YOURSELVES

    1. Mikey says:

      yep got that right. liberal fascists want to regulate every aspect of our lives. Arizona is a beautiful state. i plan to buy some real estate there as soon as I can.

  13. over_governed says:

    Just another example of our oppressive government wanting to rule every aspect of our lives.

    1. Herculano Fecteau says:

      Sorry – can’t say
      I’m worried about “oppressive government” in this case. More like another example of a greedy, irresponsible capitalist “entrepreneur” conspiring to keep you “lazy Larries” (and your kids, if, God forbid, your polluted genes are still capable of reproducing) lazy, ignorant, stupid, and sedated from cosmic and political reality. Get off the crack pipe and wake the hell up. Sometimes the government is your friend.

      1. Ron Washington says:

        No I don’t think the government has a right to say what adults can put in their body. I own my body pure and simple. I’m sure you probably support a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body but someone I can’t eat chocolate covered melatonin ? Fine I will go to GNC and then stop by Kroger and buy chocolate and make my own. You use the same old scare tactic ” big bad corporation trying to harm the children” What a piece of work you are. So any Business is bad but government is your friend?

      2. AABB says:

        Uh, herc ~ no one forces anybody to buy anything (well, except for the Federal Government, but I digress….). Yours and others’ posts imply that people are incapable of thinking for themselves and making their own decisions,about what to buy or put in their bodies, independent of a meddlesome Federal Government or “greedy” corporations. You and all the other corporate America-hating kool-aid drinkers need to realize that corporations provide employment and are in business to make MONEY and it is up to people to decide for themselves whether or not to purchase their products.

    2. bob says:

      This back-&-forth misses the point. There are control freaks in both government and business who want to run your lives. All they have to do is provide gratifications, whether convenience-gadgets, broad-coverage insurance for routine events, sense-filling experiences, or cars that park themselves (on one hand), or promises of hand-outs, “rights” to physical goods and services, or over-the-top “for-your-own-good” health-&-safety regulations. A dependent population doesn’t rock the boat. The Dems pursue a big mother government run by elitist “experts” that treat citizens like lab rats to be trained, and the corporate Republicans promote a caricature of personal responsibility and autonomy for the few that amounts to essentially the same loss of autonomy and responsibility for citizens as the Dems’ Big Mother government.

  14. AWorkingAmerican says:

    If you haven’t heard of Lazy Cakes… authorities wish it would stay that way”…. I haven’t heard of hem. Does this then qualify as irresponsible journalism? I’m not a big fan of WBZ as they have gone from news to gossip, and every time I wonder across their site, they do nothing to dispel that thought.

  15. Hank Warren says:

    Food police, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

  16. Kevin says:

    They are misstating the information. Just did some checking and these contain a total of 3.9mg of melatonin, not 8 grams. Obviously these “officials” need to do some actual research and not jump to conclusions based on the first hit when they do a google search. One word…”idiots”.

  17. Teddy Kennedy's SEARCH+RESCUE says:

  18. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    New Bedford City Councilor Bruce Duarte, Jr. is a mentally deficient moron if this is what he thinks is important. Government is degenerate as the people that live by sucking your wealth through taxes with the threat of force.

    http://911essentials.com

  19. Goldie says:

    Totalitarian a##holes.

  20. Marbran says:

    So it took me all of one minute to go to the web site and find the nutritional information. Each brownie serving contains 4mg of melatonin, with two servings per package, for a total of 8mg per package. 1/1000th of the amount reported by CBS.

  21. Charlie says:

    I have sent the following email to the news staff:
    Regarding your article entitled, “Fall River, New Bedford Try To Ban ‘Lazy Cakes’” you have included inaccurate information which lists that Lazy Cakes contain 8 grams of Melatonin. Rather, they contain approximately 4mg of Melatonin. Please issue a correction for this error. Additionally, your article is conveniently laconic when it says only that Melatonin is a “sleep-aid.” You fail to mention that Melatonin is produced naturally by humans, is an life-extending anti-oxidant, has virtually no mammalian toxicity (c. 100-200mg/kg toxicity rates), and is quite distinct from narcotic sleep-aids. Finally, you do not mention that each of the ingredients in a Lazy Cake (Melatonin, Passion Flower, Valerian root, etc.) is readily available to anyone of any age at any grocery store or pharmacy. In the future, you should provide a more balanced approach and ensure your information is accurate. Articles such as this encourage unnecessary fearing mongering through misdirection, misinformation, and obfuscation.

  22. Jennifer Ward says:

    Good thing I live in Missouri. As far as i know the thought of banning my company’s Bourbon Hemp Brownies hasn’t been given a shooting glance – Thank goodness! The BHB actually has alcohol AND hemp seeds in it – Sacre Coeur! Wonder what they’d do with that?!

    1. Jennifer Ward says:

      Lazy Cakes – now I just HAVE to try one! Good stuff! ;-)

  23. John Cowan says:

    Shall I fall in like and say sig hiel!

  24. Doug Rose says:

    Me thinks our Government has been eating these cakes for quite some time ?

  25. hilldweller says:

    8 mg, not grams. One thousand times less than the article says, but still, yes, four times the usual night-night dose.

  26. Sheila Mandell says:

    There is nothing but hypocrisy is the government position on drugs in general.

    Melatonin is not considered a “SLEEPING AID” by the FDA and if you sold it as a sleeping aid the FDA SWAT Team would come and visit you.

    Peace
    Sheila
    http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com

    1. vb says:

      My bottle of 3mg tablets says “For stress relief and a sounder sleep.” Pretty much syas it’s a “sleeping aid,” eh?

  27. Chris says:

    Ha ha! Love it!! I may have to pick me up some :)

    Word to my government: keep your hands off my Lazy Cakes!…or any other food I put in my mouth!!

    On the upside, all the press this product now gets = good marketing for the company.

  28. Daniel G says:

    I also looked for this supposed story about a toddler being hospitalized and could not find the originating story. Only references (using the SAME EXACT wording) on multiple radio station sites stating that there is “at least one REPORT of a toddler being hospitalized”. No official story. No official reports from hospital, parents, or the company.

    Typical liberalism, create an issue (that may or may not even exist), lie about the product, and then use both to boot their boots on the throat of American business (CITIZENS you dolts!) people.

    Wonder why the economy sucks?

  29. How dare you drones think you can relax by eating a “lazy cake”? Your government-globalist taskmasters need our workers on edge, non-stop, 24/7. Now get back to work! Uncle Sam and the U.N. need their blood money!

  30. Tracey says:

    It would seem the more important point to the piece is that the packaging graphics certainly seem more appealing to youth than to adults. Many other items listed in other posts aren’t particularly appealing (in their packaging) to kids. Additionally, medications listed in other posts are in child proof bottles (at least for young children). On another note, re. parents not monitoring their children closely enough. There are plenty of kids who walk to/from school w/o their parents, right past convenience stores. That’s easy enough to buy this product and consume it before getting home.

    1. Charlie says:

      Kids don’t have their own money unless it comes from adults. Parents are responsible no matter what spin you put on it to justify government intervention.

  31. JeffT says:

    “If you haven’t heard of Lazy Cakes, authorities in Fall River and New Bedford wish it would stay that way.” Right. The way to keep something secret is to make a federal case over it? Now the whole world knows about something they probably would never have heard of. Dumb and dumber in Massachusetts.

  32. Rhymes With Right says:

    Have we reached the state in the land of the formerly free that the government will, in the name of “child protection”, declare that I will not be allowed to eat, drink, or read that which is fit for adults?

  33. Bill Shirk says:

    I certainly believe they should ban this product because it will cut into the market for Ridilin, one of the most popular and widely used products to turn children into zombies when they have the audacity to act like kids.

  34. Joex says:

    Well lets start with might be really harmful to children! Ban Cigarettes or all tobacco products from our town!!
    Or how about cell phones because people might text and drive and run over a kid, and don;t forget alcohol of any kind, more Liberal BS, thinking that you the people are too stupid to do what is good for you…

  35. Mel Loomis says:

    you can only buy them with food stamps or a welfare check

  36. Citizen Kow says:

    Save me, Government, you’re my only hope!

  37. Ron Washington says:

    The fact is, we do not own our body it is the property of the United States government. We are too stupid to know what is good for us. We should be thankful for the wisdom of our public servants, excuse me, Authorities/Officials. Why can’t you people understand that we can’t think for ourselves and that we need the government to think for us. The government loves us and only wants the best for its sheeple, I mean people.

  38. HairyBikini says:

    Flanagan needs to find a new job, and allow the FDA to do their job. Talk about public grandstanding. Americans are more concerned about bigger issues, let alone issues that pertain to Flanagan, last I looked he should had called the FDA rather than wasting tax payer dollars and time, when so many other issues could be addressed. Flanagan, you fail!!!

  39. Sean Cannon says:

    Obviously, as 95% of posters agree, this is just another case of the government trying to regulate…well, everything. This is getting so old. We don’t need help living our lives. Leave us alone.
    And those who are blasting Democrats as though they carry the torch of government intervention…what about Republican’s overzealous Drug War? If you’re so up in arms over the government attempting to regulate melatonin brownies, you’d think you wouldn’t be FOR the criminalization of marijuana, unless you’re a hypocrite and don’t realize it.
    Marijuana, alcohol, melatonin brownies, etc etc…whatever the case may be…the moral of the story is…government nanny intervention doesn’t work AND is flat out unethical…the antithesis of freedom. If you’re so concerned for people’s safety, here’s what you do….EDUCATE. That is the ONLY way to keep people safe. Provide enough information so that people can make educated choices. If they still choose not to, tough for them. That’s life. The rest of us shouldn’t have to give up our freedoms because a few idiots can’t handle life. I enjoy marijuana…and I loathe alcohol. Marijuana has done nothing but good things in my life…enhancing creative pursuits, it makes me MORE motivated, and it’s helped create strong empathetic ties to my family and friends. It’s a wonderful God-given substance. Alcohol, on the other hand, while legal, is a true toxin. But, if I were to take the government’s advice, I should put down my joint and pick up a shot glass, right? No thanks. Sorry, but I’m much too intelligent to buy into government propaganda. Are you?

  40. Responsible Lazy Caker says:

    Has anyone ever tried these? Well, I have. I also have a two year old. Practice a bit of “parenting” and your child will never even see a Lazy Cake. They don’t get you “high” at all anyway. They literally put you to sleep. I guess it could possibly be dangerous for small children but so are a lot of other things that parents should control. Come save me big brother. Do it for the childrens.

    1. Less lazy than some says:

      I believe there is no legal case for banning these but I do see a legitimate case for regulating their placement to somewhere controlled such as with the cigarettes. Parents should be the ones to choose what to give their own children, but it is important to let parents know when a food is a risk to their children. Most of the parents I know don’t know that “Melatonin” is a sleeping pill ingrediant. If they read the label at all they would probably think it was just a harmless pseudo-vitamin like “Flavanoids” listed on some chocolates.

      Parents manage to mistakenly overdose their children with iron more times each year than any other type of poisoning so now we have the warning labels for the twelfth straight year with little change in result and that is just a vitamin. If parents and grand parents can’t get something like that right why would you think they will notice that these “sleeping pill” laced brownies are dangerous to their kids when there is no warning of any kind on the package?

      Sleeping pills are addictive to adults what do you think might happen with the children who get these? That is apart from the fact that the adult dose could be quickly passed by a hungrey child wantng a snack and eating too many of these things. Parents might not even know their child has taken this until after it is too late. What? you’ve never had a child steal a snack/cookie/BROWNIE?

  41. Sugarfoot says:

    Take a look at the “sleep aid” called “Purple Drank” — wild packaging, similar ingredients — and called purple drank after the toxic concoction for which rappers are famous (several have died/many have romanticized). As a middle school teacher, I watched how intrigued the kids initially were. Wouldn’t have been the same if it were called “Now I lay me.”

  42. tnmccoy says:

    Employers beware!! Not only is there a serious problem with having children eat these things, but many adults will be taking them to work for snacks or lunch. That should be great for productivity. They should be repackaged as sleeping brownies.

    1. Sean Cannon says:

      So human beings are only worth the work you an squeeze out of them? People aren’t robots. What the hell is so wrong with relaxing? And if someone takes this at work, then that’s their problem. Who in their right mind would take melatonin before starting the workday? It’s not something worth LEGISLATING about…

      1. John says:

        Great comment!

  43. Moonbeem says:

    So, up to an ounce of weed is legal, but a non intoxicant brownie is not legal? Am I getting this correct?

  44. Benjamin Franklin says:

    Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

  45. Craig says:

    Melatonin is an endocrine hormone. We should not be putting human hormones of any kind in food. Supplements, yes, but not food where it could be overdosed easily by anyone, not just kids. And did you mean 8 MILLIGRAMS? Because 8 GRAMS is about 4000 X too much.

    PS Those brownies must taste like AZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Valerian smells like dirty underwear, for real.

    1. Haley Sue says:

      LOL yeah it does

  46. John C says:

    “…eight grams of melatonin in each of the so-called brownies; reportedly four times the recommended dosage for an adult.”

    The two ways you get out of balance nutritionally and otherwise is through “excess” or “deficiency”. Would this be a good product for truck drivers to relieve their stress?

    1. Sean says:

      So? Then don’t buy it. Let those who wish to buy it…you know…buy it.

    2. John says:

      It’s not relaxing as the article says. I’ve taken lots of melatonin. It just makes you drowsy. It’s the chemical your body releases at night to put you to sleep. Do you feel like your stress is relieved when you’re really tired late at night? If not, this will not relieve your stress.

    3. spoonybrad says:

      truckers buying a sleep aid? err…

  47. Jimmy Doolittle says:

    Before getting upset, we would have to prove that these things are actually effective. I highly doubt they put anyone to sleep or even make them drowsy…word of mouth would spread far and fast if that were the case. A double blind test would prove efficacy but you will never see that because the makers know they are selling a brownie with a snake-oil promise.

  48. John says:

    This is ridiculous. Melatonin is a naturally produced sleep hormone. It’s relatively weak and large doses are no more effective than small doses. I’ve taken lots of the stuff. It’s not a recreational drug. It doesn’t make you relaxed, it makes you sleepy. Banning this would be ridiculous.

  49. Lazy Larry says:

    What a bunch of bs. The PC police are at it again. It won’t be long till these PC arseholes say America is getting high at Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks.

  50. Endocrine Doc says:

    Melatonin is not a “dietary supplement,” since dietary consumption is zero (to negligible, depending upon whether or not you chance to eat a pineal gland with your brain sandwich!). However, melatonin definitely is a hormone. Unfortunately, little is known about the effects of melatonin in humans. In other animals, it strongly inhibits the production of the sex hormones testosterone and estradiol (the active form of estrogen). It may reduce the production of somatostatin, thereby increasing the production of somatotropin (“growth hormone”). The amounts described in this article are improbably large (8 grams is 4000-8000 times the usual adult dose of 1-2 mg). Even at 8 mg, the risk of disrupting other endocrine function with regular use is worrisome, especially in the case of children during puberty. For children disclaimers on a familiar and apparently innocuous treat “food,” such as “for occasional use, only as directed,” are not sufficient–especially when the marketing explicitly caters to those seeking an altered state of consciousness.

  51. noagenda says:

    It’s really great to see that online “reporting” is just as inaccurate as traditional broadcast and newspaper reporting.

    One look at the Lazy Cakes site – linked in the article! – will show you that the total of Melatonin in each brownie is 8MG, NOT 8 Grams! Each package contains “two servings”, meaning that, if you only eat the recommended serving amount, you’ll get 4MG of Melatonin. If you eat the whole thing you’ll get 8MG. Hardly something to get all up-in-arms about and legislate against.

    Geeze Louise.

  52. Chong says:

    Man I need to get some of those.

  53. response says:

    If you have a red bull with it, does it just negate the effects?
    how about four?

  54. Skip Tickle says:

    Melatonin is a potent sleep inducer – but it won’t get you high – just mess up your sleep rhythm if you take it except at bedtime.

    This is stupid marketing at its worst and stores should only sell the items to adults, and not simply as food snacks.

  55. roughman says:

    I eat ’em while I wait for my welfare check!

  56. Cynic says:

    Whats wrong with plain old fashioned hash brownies?

  57. Uncle Reggie says:

    Liberals think that life should be 100% risk free and blameless. They will decide what is risky and who’s at fault.

    1. Sean says:

      Conservatives do the same damn thing. What about their constant touting of the Drug War? If that isn’t government intervention at it’s worst I don’t know what is. Agree?

      1. DagnerMouse says:

        Absolutely. Large blocs on both side of the political spectrum want to regulate and control your bodies as if they belonged to the State. The prevailing presumption among lawmakers and those in power is that the sovereignty of the State trumps your individual sovereignty (and yes, that is the precise opposite of the principles and ideals upon which this country was founded, thanks for asking). Their stated motivations differ but in the end it’s always “for your own good”. Frankly, it’s not their job to determine what is or is not in my own good: my sovereignty trumps all – they govern solely at the consent of the governed.

        Thanks to the exposure this story has now gathered I expect this product to spread across the nation – by mail-order if not traditional distribution to brick and mortar outlets. I’m looking forward to trying one as an alternative to traditional melatonin pills the next time I fly cross-country.

  58. i8jomomma says:

    who care if these tea bags wanna ban it or not…do what ya gotta do even if they don’t like it….tell the tea bags to stop crying too

  59. a reasonable adult says:

    My son fell down the stairs last week! We need to outlaw buildings with more than one floor!

  60. JamesM says:

    Ummm…up to 6mg is commonly suggested by doctors. The stuff is hardly dangerous. The only side effect to be honest is ‘sedation’ which they advertise quite effectively if you ask me…but hey what does an PhD in biochem know…long story short: STOP FUDGING FACTS TO MATCH YOUR AGENDAS!

  61. Feotu says:

    With all of this ‘controversy’ they are now going to sell a boatload of these things. Brilliant marketing strategy. I just ordered a 12 pack . . bwaahaahaa.

  62. JoJo55 says:

    I only hope these same nut jobs don’t read the labels on vanilla extract bottles. Avg. 32% alc/vol and this is mixed into icings that aren’t cooked so the alcohol is not boiled off. Sounds like the trumpet section is tuning up.

  63. Sean says:

    Obviously, as 95% of posters agree, this is just another case of the government trying to regulate…well, everything. This is getting so old. We don’t need help living our lives. Leave us alone.
    And those who are blasting Democrats as though they carry the torch of government intervention…what about Republican’s overzealous Drug War? If you’re so up in arms over the government attempting to regulate melatonin brownies, you’d think you wouldn’t be FOR the criminalization of marijuana, unless you’re a hypocrite and don’t realize it.
    Marijuana, alcohol, melatonin brownies, etc etc…whatever the case may be…the moral of the story is…government nanny intervention doesn’t work AND is flat out unethical…the antithesis of freedom. If you’re so concerned for people’s safety, here’s what you do….EDUCATE. That is the ONLY way to keep people safe. Provide enough information so that people can make educated choices. If they still choose not to, tough for them. That’s life. The rest of us shouldn’t have to give up our freedoms because a few idiots can’t handle life. I enjoy marijuana…and I loathe alcohol. Marijuana has done nothing but good things in my life…enhancing creative pursuits, it makes me MORE motivated, and it’s helped create strong empathetic ties to my family and friends. It’s a wonderful God-given substance. Alcohol, on the other hand, while legal, is a true toxin. But, if I were to take the government’s advice, I should put down my joint and pick up a shot glass, right? No thanks. Sorry, but I’m much too intelligent to buy into government propaganda. Are you?

  64. Mark Santeramo says:

    Sure, these are a niche product but there is absolutely no reason to have them banned. I’ve never heard of these things myself, but the fact of the matter remains that NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEMSELVES ANYMORE. I’m sick of the direction that our nation is headed in with nonsense irrational stories like this popping up frequently day in and day out. Conservatives cannot stop their absurd social agenda that the American public overwhelmingly does not want! For a party that screams to high heaven that the “democrats want big government controlling your life,” the only party that has come up with numerous forms of legislation restricting one’s Constitutionally protected freeoms has been the GOP!! That is an inarguable FACT; after November the GOP has done nothing about jobs and instead focused all of their energy on forcing their comical social agenda down the throats of Americans that flat out know better and are capable of making decisions regarding their own personal lives.

    Fact is that PARENTS SHOULD NOT BUY THESE FOR THEIR KIDS. Kids should not be buying these on their own, and if they are indeed going behind their parents backs and buying them on their own then there’s nothing wrong with that as they then are clearly old enough to consciously make purchases with their own money. The fact that there is melatonin in this is not a big deal at all…I don’t know where the above doctor gets his stats because the average melatonin dose is 1mg and that is pretty much universally accepted. If you buy it as a supplement, it typically comes in 1mg tablets, not .03, wherever the hell she got that from. So stupid…people better step up and make these choices for themselves and take responsibility for their own damn children or else the government will absolutely one day be making all these calls for us. Independents like myself, however, pray daily that the GOP keeps putting their foot in their mouth because their social agenda is so unConstitutionally restrictive its scary.

  65. emom says:

    LAZY CAKES………………… drug of choice…………

  66. Cheapseats says:

    Not to worry. As soon as the Spongebob Squarepants people see this article the brownie folks will be sued out of exsistance for copyright infringement, unless Spongebob is making the brownies. Any real news going on out there?

  67. Jim from Boston says:

    Last time I checked, both Fall River and New Bedford had problems much bigger than stores selling brownies containing natural, and legal, herbs.

  68. rocque says:

    We’ve come a long way from good old fashioned Somonex, now we’ve got slumber sweets to deal with. This wouldn’t be a sublineal way to warn parents about this weekends Earth Concert at the Hatch Shell ( wink..wink)

  69. Ray Parker says:

    “In Europe, the common prescription as a sleep aid for adults is .03 milligrams..”

    Who gives a cat’s ass about what they think in Europe? I stopped reading the story right there.

  70. Hanna says:

    Wow, if anyone is trying to ban this they are extremely ignorant.
    1) I had one today. I have a sleeping disorder and I tried it out and I slept like a baby. I didn’t trip, I didn’t feel funny. I just slept.
    2) There shouldn’t be any sort of law saying what you can and cannot put into your body as long as it doesn’t harm others. I can’t say doesn’t harm yourself because people eat fast food more than they should. If anything, they should ban the fast food.

  71. Da Troot says:

    Do children buy things? How is anything ever “marketed towards children”?

    1. StartTart says:

      Don’t you remember the last presidential election?

      1. DagnerMouse says:

        Pure gold, StartTart. Pure gold; nicely played.

      2. Da Troot says:

        Zing!

  72. Big Dan says:

    Those losers down in Noo Befford and Fowl River are so brain dead, what difference does it make if they eat those things! After all this is the home of the cheapest Heroin in New England and the A G is worried about brownies!

  73. brad elliot says:

    I don’t think 2 year olds should be drinking beer, wine, or even redbull, but no one is crying for those products to be pulled off the shelves. our country is full of idiots.

  74. Chris says:

    What I don’t understand is how anyone would willingly eat any food with Valerian Root in it. It smells like poop.

  75. Greg Hormone says:

    They should have named the place Potters Field like it was supposed to be in the first place!

  76. David Plumer says:

    Turkey should be removed from the shelves also. It contains tryptophan. Obviously marketed to kids also. Even schools get in on the promoting of thanksgiving, and give the kids the day off so they can partake of this drug laced bird. For shame!

  77. tyrone says:

    WHY NOT JUST CALL THEM LIBERAL CAKES, THEY CAN TURN AN ALREADY DROOLING IDIOT INTO ONE THAT VOTES FOR OBAMA A SECOND TIME.

  78. Speedy Babe says:

    I would really like to add more to this discussion, but I just had a turkey burger, and I’m getting sleepy, sleepy………

  79. tkay says:

    Obviously a racist product. Do they make a “white chocolate” lazy cake?

  80. Big Dave says:

    This mayor needs to learn to relax a little. Maybe he should have a nice cup of tea and a Lazy Cakes brownie.

  81. Samba says:

    What these folks don’t understand is that Melatonin doesn’t work if you take too much.It won;t get someone high to take a larger dose.it just doesn;t o anything.The valerian and passion flower will be what causes relaxartion. A more on the ball reporter would have done a bit more research

  82. Andy says:

    Dr. John Benanti should lose his medical license for incompetence.

    The recommended dose of melatonin starts at 3 mg (100 times what he said) and goes up to 500 mg depending on the indication.

    It is not uncommon for people to need 30-50 mg to go to sleep.

    Doctors who say stupid things to disparage nutritional supplements should face automatic, mandatory and inescapable loss of their medical license. There are more than enough dangers of prescription drugs they should be warning us about – instead of killing over 100,000 people a year with them – when deaths from nutritional supplements are unheard of.

  83. Ursus Indomitus says:

    Another nanny moonbat dem heard from.

  84. R C Porter says:

    Ah free advertising good job

  85. Harlowe Thrombey says:

    I’m usually the last guy who would kdefend over-active parents or politicians who like to pull products from shelves. If drinks and cakes like the one this article describes were labled properly (which they are not…they don’t say how much melatonin is in bottle), then they could be a good nighttime drink before sleep. If the amount of melatonin listed in the article above is correct however, then this is a dangerous food for anyone except those with hardcore melatonin tolerance. Melatonin is a brain hormone. It’s great for sleeping and dreaming, but it’s not a good idea to set your brain into that mode during the day… unless you’re trying to sleep.

    If the amount of melatonin in the food is greater than 3mg (at most!) then the makers of the food are being very irresponsible. Literally poisoning minds.

  86. Jennifer Dawkins Stalls says:

    Funny story…wish they sold them here….probably lots cheaper!

  87. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    arent negros filled with melatonin? will the authorities outlaw them too?

  88. Kim says:

    WAKE UP! This looks like yet another case of stupid politicians trying to control our lives. The label on this item is clearly NOT marketed to children. If they are that concerned about it, then it should be sold only to adults behind the counter. The very thought of taking it off the market is preposterous unless it clearly has harmed someone. BUT, maybe it could benefit some of these AD&D children by calming them down instead of having to take all of that speed. lol!

  89. Tare says:

    The whole problem here is in the advertising. The makers of this product should go to jail for false advertising with children as the intended target. Their lies are obvious and there must be consequences to such obscene things.

  90. Drugs are bad, Hm'kay? says:

    Disguising drugs as candy is bad, hm’kay?!
    The FDA isn’t protecting Americans from all this stuff, like they should.
    Iit’s time to disband the FDA, since they aren’t up to the task of doing their jobs!
    Look at all the “legal” diet aids which are bad for the body, but used to bolster the belief that only “perfect” women are pretty/
    …and what about the garbage drugs being produced by Lilly, Abbot et al which do more harm than good (ALL approved by the FDA??!!)
    We could save a lot of money. but since the money is already spent.
    DON’T YOU THINK THE FDA SHOULD DO A BETTER JOB??

  91. steve says:

    The ONLY thing in this world that is harmful to children is INATTENTIVE PARENTS!!!!
    The government is a poor substitute for good parenting and should stop trying to be.

    1. Allen Dawson says:

      Steve, I have read many comments here, from thought provoking to funny to just asinine, but yours is the truest comment I have seen. Thank you for being strong enough to state the truth that not many want to hear.

  92. jasper says:

    Okay, my first though when I saw them was marijuana brownies.

  93. Dave Malby says:

    Wow this product just got a million dollars worth of publicity! GOOD JOB! .. they will be flying off the shelves elsewhere!!!

  94. aubreyfarmer says:

    The real problem is that there are people out there that will do anything for a buck and others that will do anything to gain control over others. What has happened to our freedom to choose and the responsibility that goes with it? Commies on the left and fascists on the right. Constantly coming up with new laws and restrictions on our liberty while at the same time using their positions of power to maim and kill innocents around the globe. Don’t eat the Brownies, but vaccinate your kids with mercury and and just hope it doesn’t damage your child’s brain. If Merck or Pfizer was marketing this Brownie, you wouldn’t hear a word from anybody about the negative aspects. Everything is a racket and the moment you put your guard down either the government or some corporation will take advantage of you. Right and wrong doesn’t enter into the question. Only how much money can we make.

  95. Alix says:

    Once again, the government is saying that parents are too stupid, and clearly the government needs to help them raise their kids. I’m surprised that they haven’t used the term “useful Idiot”, and re-education camps. Then again, isn’t this what the Public Schools are?

  96. buddie says:

    Just shows you can put anything into a clever package and a lot of a$$holes will but it. Obama Cake anyone?

  97. Eduardo says:

    The real danger is the Valerian root, especially for children or pregnant women, but anyone can have a bad reaction. Just because some of these ingredients are over the counter supplements, does not mean they should be put in food products aimed at children and stupid adults. You cannot regulate how much you are injesting as you can with a supplement, and kids will keep eating sweets like this to the point of toxic levels.
    Valerian:
    Few adverse events attributable to valerian have been reported.[14] Large doses or chronic use may result in stomach ache, apathy, and a feeling of mental dullness or mild depression. Because of the herb’s tranquilizer properties, it may cause dizziness or drowsiness, effects that should be considered before driving or operating heavy or hazardous equipment.[24] In some individuals, valerian can cause stomach ache, anxiety, and night terrors .
    In rare cases, valerian may cause an allergic reaction, typically as a skin rash, hives, or difficulty breathing.[24]

    Because the compounds in valerian produce central nervous system depression, they should not be used with other depressants, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or opiates.[26][27][28] Moreover, nonpregnant adult human hepatotoxicity has been associated with short-term use (i.e., a few days to several months) of herbal preparations containing valerian and Scutellaria (commonly called Skullcap).[29] Long-term use in a male has also been associated with benzodiazepine-like withdrawal symptoms, resulting in cardiac complications and delirium

  98. stevefernandez661 says:

    People should let free market decide or the sheeple can just let the government decide for them. HaHaHa… On this message board and around the country we are starting to see the 2 sets of people. Sheeple they go get vaccinated and let the government tell them what to do and the “people” .stand up for there rights and tell government what to do…

    1. Sarah says:

      YES! We should all stop vaccinating! and then when polio makes a come back and babies are dieing from RSV we will all stand proud that at least we didn’t do what the government told us to do!

  99. mattnnz says:

    Oh my God we should give these officials the medal of honor for doing such a great job protecting us. What did we do in the last million years of human evolution without them? Perhaps like a whole host of other things, like Jack Daniels, Cigarettes, boxes of lard, and antifreeze ought to be kept away from kids and parents trusted to have enough sense not to feed them to kids. Radical thought! I know.

  100. Mark says:

    More nanny state BS.
    First of all the package reads for adults only.
    Secondly I use Melatonin for a sleep aid and I’ve talked to a pharmacist about it who informed me that it is not only non addicting, it is something our bodies produce naturally and it is harmless.
    I would be more concerned about the indoctrination into socialism that the liberals are subjecting our children to in school.
    It’s far more dangerous.

  101. Eric P Turner says:

    hum lets see caffeine is a abused by kids everyday but that’s still available to children every where and oh yeah lets talk about cigarettes how many people die from that alone every hour yet they are not banned it seems to me that the almighty officials only want to ban what they dont get kick backs from cause we all know big tobacco fills every hacks pocket with money . . we really should ban outa touch power tripping millionaires from office is what should happen cause personally im tired of them doing nothing but taking taking taking.

  102. Roy Gould says:

    Melatonin: SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, dizziness, shaking, nausea, or abdominal cramps may occur.
    A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects.

  103. zagwee says:

    OK that looks like it might just work!

    http://www.anon-toolz.se.tc

  104. picomanning says:

    Lazy Cakes is a perfect treat for unruly out of control brats! Babysitters would buy these by the case! What a great idea! Here kids! Take two!!!

  105. Josephus T Plumber says:

    Great. Now you can get fat from the brownies, and be too lethargic to exercise it off.

  106. Willow says:

    The solution is easy enough, just card people who buy them. Don’t prevent grownups from buying them; the ingredients are not illegal.

  107. John Smith says:

    Here we go, another incrimental spread of Marajuna Filled eats for children to get into.”The Alice B, Toklas Browniies.”

  108. Donna Lawrence-Blake says:

    pazzammie

    What about the 28 vaccines babies have to get? They don’t say anything about that with autism going up 6000 percent.Well the one facet of society that hasn’t had a 6000 percent increase in Autism is the Amish because they don’t pump their kids with pharma cartel vaccines….but yeah! Brownies ooooo scary.

    May 15, 2011 at 3:15 am

    MD

    Pazzamie
    Do your research. Immmunizations are not related to autism – MANY studies have shown this. The guy who released the one study that showed a correlation lost his medical license. Get your facts straight.

    May 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Enough Research has been done and to me, it in fact proves immunizations are a factor in autism. I will not ever support immunizations and will continue to encourage and teach all of my children to abstain from them fro their children as well. The medical community is lying to protect the money they make from the drug companies. Facts and staticstics are clear and speak for themselves and it disgusts me to see anyone, especially someone calling themselves an “MD’ being so high and mighty and rude and not admitting the obvious yet putting someone down for their stand against immunizations.

  109. Village Idiot says:

    I’d bet that a lot of these brownies are resold with considerable markup as “pot brownies” to unsuspecting buyers, not unlike those fake buds sold in the back of High Times. What I really wonder about is how they could possibly taste like anything except a$$ (as anyone familiar with the taste/smell of valerian can attest). Frankly, it’d be safer for children to get hold of actual cannabis brownies rather than these, well except for any damage suffered as a result of the ignorant reactionary hysteria of concerned pinheads err, I mean parents.

    George Carlin said it best when it comes to protecting the children: “Something else I’m getting tired of in this country is all this stupid talk
    I have to listen to about children. That’s all you hear about anymore,
    children: “Help the children, save the children, protect the children.” You
    know what I say? F### the children!”

  110. Sarah says:

    I agree these should not be marketed to kids! They need to be out of reach of children and only sold to those over 18. I dont want my kids thinking its okay or “fun” to eat anything added into a brownie. But there is nothing wrong with melatonin its a natural sleep aid that is sold in the us in 3,5,and 10 mg pills. My sons Ped recommended it for him because he has ADHD and trouble sleeping. I was told to give him up to 10 mg and some times that does nothing! I don’t think 0.8 Mg’s is going to do anything to anyone.

  111. Belkis Gan says:

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