Police are warning Canadians to keep cannabis-infused candy away from kids
With cannabis edibles now legal in Canada as of October 17, Mounties are warning adults to be cautious of where they store their stash.
Burnaby RCMP held a press conference this week to demonstrate just how similar THC-infused goods can look to their plain old non-weed counterparts.
Using evidence seized from an illegal dispensary bust in July (back when edibles were still prohibited for production and sale), officers made the case that kids could easily mistake adults-only candy for the kind of treats they'll pick up on Halloween.
Sour keys, gummy bears, jujubes, cupcakes, potato chips, even mac and cheese: if there's a regular version of it, there's probably a cannabis-infused knockoff being sold somewhere.
Candy or Cannabis, can you tell the difference? https://t.co/s0g0orHmxH #Burnaby pic.twitter.com/nyKjRl5pPU— Burnaby RCMP (@BurnabyRCMP) October 23, 2019
Police found all of these things and more during their bust of an illegal dispensary on Imperial Street in Burnaby this summer, and they believe that such products are still being sold without authorization in the area.
"When we seized these drugs we were struck at how similar they looked to store-bought products," said Burnaby RCMP Corporal Brett Cunningham in a release issued Tuesday.
"We're asking that if you have these kinds of edibles in your home that you are careful where you leave them and ensure they are not confused for non-cannabis products."
While cannabis edibles are now fine to be enjoyed responsibly by consenting people of legal age, they could pose serious health risks to children, especially if eaten in large quantities.
The edibles seized as part of our investigation include many items that can easily be confused for regular food and snacks including cannabis edibles such as candy, lollies, cheesecake, cookies, potato chips and mac and cheese – more info ➡️https://t.co/s0g0orYXWh pic.twitter.com/5qrRqBGeDE— Burnaby RCMP (@BurnabyRCMP) October 23, 2019
Furthermore, adult consumers should make sure they're buying from legit sources.
"Yes, cannabis is legal, but getting cannabis products illegally can be dangerous. You also don't know where all that money is going" said RCMP Constable Peter Byun after the Burnaby bust.
"Please be mindful if and when you're getting cannabis... make sure it comes from a safe and legal source."
The only way to do that, at present, is to wait until Health Canada's 60 day notice for new products is over.
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