This week the city council will consider a proposal from the Mayor that would ban the sale of Lazy Cakes in Fall River. It's not too often that the leader of a city will take a stand against baked goods but our Mayor is THAT kind of leader.
On the surface assuring "Brownie Excellence" in Fall River seems like a good thing. The brownies contain high levels of melatonin and kid friendly packaging. After doing a bit of reading it seems pretty obvious that the brownie's manufacturer is hinting strongly at marijuana laced brownies and that there have already been a few reported incidents with children. Suddenly this seems like a slam dunk, something we can get behind our Mayor on!
Well for one the packaging specifically says it's not intended for children. It also says it's 2 servings and suddenly the amount of melatonin doesn't seem quite so absurd. And then I walk into a store here in the city and see one of these puppies on the counter and I'm thinking, maybe I should try this and see what it's all about and find out it's THREE DOLLARS!!!
Three dollars for ONE BROWNIE that can induce sleep? WHAT KID IS INTERESTED IN THAT????
Now don't get me wrong I can see, especially after all the media attention (BTW Will you have probably done more to increase sales of this stupid thing than any man alive. There are rumors that the company is going to rename it Flanagan's Fudge..) I can see some teens maybe wanting to see what this is all about and I KNOW that not all shop keepers are going to "catch" underage sales. However, from what I've read I'm not convinced that eating a whole brownie would do much more to your average teenager make them sleep for 12 hours. But personally I see the average teen with 3 bucks to spend more interested in an energy drink than a relaxation brownie. Now if you average teen is interested in a brownie $3 will buy you a whole box of Little Debbie's, and 7-11 has one kick ass Reese's brownie for 1/2 the price!
Still maybe was worthy of some discussion some consideration but that brings me to the thing that bugs me the most about this. Banning brownies is worthy of a press conference but cutting 3.3 million from the school budget, even POTENTIALLY cutting 3.3 million from the school budget isn't worthy of even a little advanced notice? A press release? SOMETHING?
When a bedtime snack is the priority of your elected leadership you know you've gotten your just deserts