Article by Dalson Chen, Windsor Star
Two suspects from Brampton are facing drug charges after OPP stopped a vehicle on Highway 401 in the Tecumseh area and found illegal amounts of cannabis-infused products packaged as candy and beverages.
Essex County OPP traffic officers stopped the vehicle in the westbound lanes of the 401 on March 25 around 6 a.m.
According to police, the vehicle had been exceeding the speed limit.
The driver of the vehicle was found to be in violation of a previous release order.
A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the seizure of “a large quantity of illicit cannabis,” OPP said.
Dozens of packages of cannabis edibles were found, styled after common commercial candies such as Jolly Ranchers and Sour Patch Kids.
More than a dozen bottles of cannabis-infused beverages were also seized.
Insp. Glenn Miller, commander of the Essex County OPP detachment, noted that illegal transportation, distribution, and sale of illicit cannabis products by “criminal entities” remains prevalent in the community.
“The illicit manufacturing and packaging of cannabis-infused products disguised to resemble what children may regard as candy or beverages is even more concerning, as the dangers it presents to everyone, particularly our youth,” Miller said.
According to Miller, criminals have been “relentless” in their efforts to “circumvent the strict legal requirements that remain in place regarding the sale of cannabis products.”
The Cannabis Act of Canada allows individuals to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis legally.
In terms of the possession limits applied to other cannabis products, the federal government equates one gram of dried cannabis with 15 grams of an edible product or 70 grams of a liquid product.
It is legal to make cannabis products such as food or drinks at home as long as organic solvents are not used to create concentrated products.
However, the Cannabis Act explicitly discourages youth cannabis use by prohibiting “products that are appealing to youth” and “packaging or labelling cannabis in a way that makes it appealing to youth.”
The federal government also has “strict requirements” and standards for those who manufacture cannabis products, while the Ontario government prohibits unlicensed sale and transportation of cannabis products.
The two accused who were arrested March 25 are: