After Keith Redl’s eight-year-old grandson put in a ticket to bid on a raffle prize at a Dawson Creek hockey tournament over the weekend, he was excited when he won the $200 goodie basket.
The Grand Prairie boy was given $10-worth of raffle tickets to bid on prizes offered on the raffle tables
He picked a prize pictured in a photograph and put his ticket in the bag to try to win it.
Flavours on the product labels like “chocolate fondue ” and “vanilla chai ” caught his eye, but he missed the large pot leaf insignia and THC labels on each product inside the prize basket.
Redl says the grade-schooler thought he’d won $200-worth of treats, but the treats were cannabis-infused edibles and paraphernalia, including a colourful pipe and lighter.
Redl was incensed. He says cannabis products have no place at a raffle for young hockey players.
He said the child’s father, who took him to the Dawson Creek tournament, had to tell the boy he could not keep his win because it was “bad drugs.”
“And he asked why would they have ‘bad drugs’ at a hockey tournament,” said Redl, a retired RCMP officer and devoted grandfather who lives in Grand Prairie, Alta.
Drugs and kids sports: bad mix
Redl complained to the Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association.
“I couldn’t believe it. There’s not an international sporting event in the world that allows you to have marijuana in your system, yet we are promoting it at an eight-year-old kids hockey tournament? It’s ludicrous,” said Redl.
“What kind of message are we sending to eight-year-old kids that it’s fine to mix drugs and sports.”
In a statement, the association said the basket of cannabis products was a donated prize, represented by a photograph and a list of what was included on the raffle table. It was labelled that it was for adults, and the winner had to prove they were 19 or older upon delivery.