Police warn cannabis edibles look alarmingly like regular food

Oct 23 2019, 5:04 pm

With cannabis edibles now legal in Canada as of last week, and Halloween just around the corner, RCMP in Burnaby, BC, are reminding people of the importance of “vigilance” when it comes to the purchase and consumption of cannabis edibles.

Specifically, police are asking people to be aware of just how similar cannabis-infused products can appear to regular store-bought products and “how attractive” they may appear to children.

The warning comes after what police call a “major seizure” of edibles this summer at an illegal dispensary operation – a seizure that included chips, drinks, candies, cookies, and cheesecake.

Police said they were concerned about the operation, particularly due to “numerous reports of youths frequenting and possibly obtaining cannabis from the site.”

Burnaby RCMP

RCMP

Burnaby RCMP

Burnaby RCMP

“When we seized these drugs we were struck at how similar they looked to store-bought products,” said Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Brett Cunningham.

“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.”