Tipped off by a disgruntled forklift operator, federal agents on Wednesday confiscated 11 tons of pumpkin spice marijuana and $6 million in cash and coupons at a nondescript warehouse in Lower Manhattan. Three men and two women, all wearing cracked skull masks and skeleton costumes, were taken into custody without incident.
U.S. authorities said the marijuana was laced with traditional pumpkin spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, along with other natural and artificial flavors, in addition to unspecified sweeteners and thickeners. The drug haul, intended for distribution at Halloween parties throughout the East Coast, has a combined medical, emotional and spiritual value of roughly $850 million, according to Psychology Today magazine.
Taking a page from the Starbucks and Dairy Queen playbooks, marijuana dealers this autumn have scrambled to satisfy customer demand for flavors both novel and traditional. For example, recently confiscated marijuana menus—or “weed lists”—have included flavors such as Fudge Pecan, Bubble Gum, Caramel Apple, Rhubarb-Strawberry, White Chocolate Mocha Blast, and Creamy-Dreamy Butterfinger Haze.
In late September, U.S. Customs agents in the Gulf of Mexico intercepted a group of smugglers carrying 1,400 pounds of Triple Fudge Marshmallow-Toffee Xtreme Marijuana. Yet many other exciting flavors escaped detection, according to Ralph Wickersham, deputy director of drug interdiction in Dixie. “Demand for these flavors of the month is infinite,” he said. “We could deploy the entire U.S. military in an effort to stop the trade for Oreo Caramel Cheesecake pot and still get nowhere.”