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Pot-laced edibles that resemble children's candy are leading to surge in poisonings in Canada: Report Canada
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Pot-laced edibles that resemble children's candy are leading to surge in poisonings in Canada: Report

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 25 Jan 2021, 11:55 pm

Canada/IBNS: Hundreds of websites selling illicit edibles with packages designed to resemble all types of candy and chocolate bars were found by Go Public, an investigative news segment on CBC-TV, radio, and the web after concerns were raised in Canada about a spike in poisonings.

 These websites are part of a huge and illegal marketplace that operates openly.

Health Canada also said, via email, that after seeing a spike in such reports, it issued an advisory in August about accidental ingestion of illegal edible cannabis products by children and launched "extensive public education and advertising campaigns … to encourage adults to store all cannabis securely."

An estimated 42 per cent of cannabis users, 743,800 Canadians who responded to the survey, got the pot from illegal sources in 2019, said Statistics Canada.

After the pot was legalized in Canada in October 2018, edibles also became legal a year later

Since then, regional poison centres across the country have reported a spike in unintentional poisonings of children and teens involving edibles, but because of lack of data from every province and territory, it was unclear how many of those cases involved illicit, lookalike packages.

No fatal poisonings of children or youth involving just cannabis have been reported to Health Canada since legalization in 2018.

Health Canada had laid rules regarding legally sold Cannabis-infused edibles, gummy candies, chocolate, or baked goods, and stated these can not be packaged with images or bright colors that can appeal to children, need to have child safety warnings, and be child-resistant.

(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)

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