Article by Chris Fox, CP24
Cannabis products that are “particularly appealing to children,” such as gummy bears and lollipops, should be banned as part of the wider regulation of edibles this fall, Toronto’s medical officer of health says.
In a report that will be considered on Feb. 25, Dr. Eileen de Villa says that the Board of Health should urge the federal government to prohibit all edible cannabis products that are appealing to children due to their colour or shape.
“Lessons learned from the United States underscore the importance of preventing accidental consumption of edibles by children. Following cannabis legalization in Colorado, there was an increase in the hospitalization of children due to accidental consumption of edible cannabis prior to the introduction of more health protective regulations,” she writes. “In addition to the proposed safety requirements for packaging and labelling, it is recommended edible cannabis products that are particularly appealing to children due to their colour or shape (e.g. gummy bear, lollipop), should be prohibited.”
Draft regulations previously released by Health Canada do include a ban on Cannabis edibles that appear or are packaged like candy or other familiar children’s foods and also place prohibit the use of ingredients that would make the products more appealing to children, such as sweeteners or colourants.