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Child sickened by THC-laced Halloween candy: Richmond RCMP

Child sickened by THC-laced Halloween candy: Richmond RCMP

Child sickened by THC-laced Halloween candy: Richmond RCMP

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A Richmond child was taken to the hospital after getting sick after eating Halloween candy laced with THC.

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Pot gummies are a popular method for adults to consume cannabis, but the labeling can mimic children’s candy too much, and parents are advised to read labels carefully to make sure their kids are eating real candy.

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After taking the child to treatment, the parents called Richmond RCMP on Halloween night because they were “concerned that other THC-containing candies may have been distributed,” police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police say the child was trick-or-treating with other children at a complex in the 10000 block of Auburn Drive, but there have been no other reports of illnesses from the candy and none of the other children have been infected. treating

“While we hope this was not intentional, we felt it was important to issue this public warning in hopes of preventing any other children from inadvertently consuming a THC candy product,” said Cpl. Adriana O’Malley. “As parents we’re asked to check our kids’ candy to make sure it’s sealed and hasn’t been tampered with, but maybe we’re not looking for candy with THC.”

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Police urge parents to check labels carefully and explain to children what to look for. Anyone who finds similar candy in their children’s candy is asked to call the police.

Two have been charged in Winnipeg

Two people are facing charges in Winnipeg for giving away Halloween candy containing THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.

As in the Richmond case, the candies were labeled “Medicated Nerds” and said to contain cannabis. Police say they obtained a search warrant for a home in the South Tuxedo neighborhood and arrested two people.

A 53-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man are charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and supplying a noxious substance. They have been released pending investigation.

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Regardless of whether or not treatments have been confirmed to contain THC, labeling is an issue.

“There’s very specific information that needs to go into those permitted (cannabis) items,” said Const. Dani McKinnon “These confiscated items that we have seized do not meet those requirements.”

Health Canada’s regulations on cannabis packaging specifically warn that it should not appeal to young people. The Cannabis Act states that growers must use “plain packaging and labels” for all cannabis products, with restrictions on logos, colors and markings. They must be in child-resistant packaging and contain a standardized cannabis symbol, a health warning message and detailed product information.

— With a file from The Canadian Press


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