Protecting children from cannabis edibles on Halloween
Parents are reminded to take extra time to check out their children’s candy as the province marks the third Halloween since cannabis edibles became legal.
It is not common for cannabis candy to appear on Halloween, but it is known to occur in British Columbia.
In 2018, they were accidentally handed over to a Victoria trick-or-treater, and Delta Police announced charges against two people earlier this week who allegedly handed them over to Halloween 2020. In both cases, the candy at the cannabis have been spotted by alert parents.
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In a warning issued Friday, the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety said parents should keep a particularly close eye on unauthorized cannabis candy.
Legal cannabis edibles are strictly limited in dosage (maximum 10 milligrams per package) and plain packaging.
The province warns that illegal products could have brightly colored packaging that mimics popular candy and may also contain much higher doses of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.
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Kayley Nelson, deputy director of Evergreen Cannabis in Vancouver, said adults who have edibles in their homes should take precautions to keep them safe.
“Keep it locked up, keep it out of reach,” she said.
She also encouraged consumers to always buy legal products, the quality of which has been verified and approved by Health Canada.
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Legal products also come in secure packaging which increases their security, she said.
“It’s supposed to be child-proof, you’re not supposed to be able to get in easily,” she said. “A lot of adults also find it difficult to get in.”
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“If you check your children’s candy and make sure that nothing is weirdly wrapped or unwrapped and that you are doing your due diligence, it really shouldn’t fall into your children’s hands.”
According to the BC Drug and Poison Information Center, edible cannabis exposures in children doubled in 2020 compared to 2019.
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Health Canada has recorded several cases of serious harm, including hospitalizations, after children accidentally used cannabis products.
Symptoms of accidental cannabis ingestion may include an out of balance, uncoordinated and drowsy or drowsy appearance, and in extreme cases where a very high dose has been consumed, may include difficulty breathing.
Anyone who thinks someone has a medical emergency related to cannabis should call 911 or the Drug and Poison Information Center (1-800-567-8911).
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