Toronto space comfort retailer accused of promoting weed-like sweet to youngsters

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The citizen’s report opens an investigation that ends with the seizure of “a large amount of cannabis foods, disposable cannabis vape pens and cannabis seeds”.

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Angela Stelmakowich Police learned of the concern from a citizen who filed an online report last month.  /. Police learned of the concern from a citizen who filed an online report last month. /. Photo from the York Regional Police

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Images of the confiscated food released by police mimick popular legitimate candy brands like Skittles, Nerds, Sour Patch, and Starburst.

Making weed foods look like regular candy has long been a problem in various parts of the world. The candy nerds have proven to be a frequent target of potentially harmful products, including in Alabama, Utah, Massachusetts, and the UK

Cannabis foods have been legal for adults in Canada since October 17, 2019, but are only offered for medical purposes by retailers in provinces and territories and federally licensed marijuana vendors, the Canadian government reports. Whether visitor or resident, the laws of the province, territory or indigenous community are expected to be respected.

The illicit distribution or sale of cannabis can result in tickets for small amounts, according to the Federal Ministry of Justice, but up to 14 years in prison if larger amounts are involved. This is the same maximum penalty after conviction for giving or selling cannabis to anyone under the age of 18.

The YRP learned of the concern from a citizen who filed an online report last month. The citizen believed the store was selling vape and cannabis-containing products to “groups of children who were apparently well under 19,” reports the YRP.

The police investigation resulted in officers executing a search warrant in Angus Glen Convenience on February 18 and discovering “a large amount of cannabis food, disposable cannabis vape pens and cannabis seeds” with a street value of approximately $ 10,000.

In the absence of proper dosage instructions, police report that many items resemble candy that are made and marketed to children.

The police investigation resulted in officers executing a search warrant in Angus Glen Convenience on February 18. The police investigation resulted in officers executing a search warrant in Angus Glen Convenience on February 18. Photo from the York Regional Police

According to CTV News, investigators said the business was not registered to sell cannabis products. “The packaging is as shocking as it is with candy that it could easily be someone who takes it as a mistake,” said Constable Laura Nicolle of the YRP as saying.

According to preliminary results of a study to be conducted by October 2020, paediatricians and health care providers reported 51 cases of cannabis exposure in people under the age of 18 in 2019. Of these cases, 36 were serious or life-threatening events and 34 required hospitalization.

The charges of possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling have been brought against both the manager and another employee.

The YRP tweet sparked a number of comments. One person summarized the feelings of a series of posters and said briefly, “WTF is wrong with people!”

The investigation continues.

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