Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
A raid of a downtown store in Brantford, Ont. last month revealed hundreds of illegal weed products, including edibles that could be appealing to adults and children alike.
Acting on community complaints about the store selling illicit cannabis, members of the Branford Police Service’s Better Enforcement Action Team (BEAT) attended the scene on Aug. 27. After observing large quantities of illicit cannabis, clearly displayed price lists and a substance thought to be cocaine, the police obtained a search warrant, notes a police statement this week.
The police report that the store was not licensed to sell weed and the seized products were not from licensed producers.
In approximate amounts, the search revealed 7,494 grams of cannabis, 244 grams of hash, one gram of suspected cocaine, 26 grams of “shatter”, 150 one-gram packages of “shatter” and 182 cannabis cigarettes.
The remaining items were THC-infused edibles: THC-infused chocolate cannabis edibles; 51 packages of 500 mg THC-infused gummy candies; 96 individually packaged THC-infused gummy cannabis candy; 27 THC-infused cheesecakes; 23 THC-infused brownies; 16 bags of THC-infused cotton candy; 50 “moon rock” THC-infused edibles; 35 grams of “Bits and Bites” THC-infused edibles; and four loaves of THC-infused banana bread.
Beyond the drugs and edibles, police also recovered a candy floss machine used to create THC-infused cotton candy, an unidentified amount of Canadian cash and records of electronic purchases made.
“Many of the items seized are dangerous as they resemble candy and appeal to children,” caution the police, adding that legal products must be clearly labelled, contain a regulated amount of THC and come in plain, child-resistant packaging.
Concern over product appeal to children is an ongoing issue. Just last month, Health Canada issued an advisory urging parents who purchase cannabis edibles, whether legal or illegal, to keep them away from children.