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article imageMarijuana-laced candy is new trafficking trend in Alberta

By Karen Graham     Feb 18, 2014 in Crime
That candy your kids are munching on may contain more than sugars and artificial flavoring. Drug traffickers discovered a new way to spread their products. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC oil, is easy to mix into candy, and no one is the wiser.
Donald Cook, 24, of Edmonton was arrested on January 11 this year after a traffic stop revealed 5.2 kilograms of marijuana, packaged in baggies in his vehicle. But what had the police more concerned was the discovery of over half a kilogram of candy in the car,containing THC oil, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Mr. Cook is facing charges of possession with intent to traffic in Stony Plain court on April 24.
RCMP drug expert, Sgt. Lorne Adamitz said the marijuana-laced candies are aimed at youngsters, a whole new customer base. Brightly colored, and looking like lemon drops, lollipops, gummy bears and mints, the unwary have no idea what they are eating, or the potency of the drug.
Adamitz explained the danger saying, “Candies are created to attract a broader customer base, which includes youth, but attractive, brightly-coloured candy brings in a whole new set of risk factors for the exposure of children and toddlers to marijuana.”
Medical experts say the dangers of ingesting THC-laced candies can lead to emergency room visits and even death to younger children and toddlers. "Immediately, they could have some nausea and problems with their stomach. It can also put a child at risk for abnormal heart beats or troubles with abnormal heart rhythms," explained Sarah Moran, medical professional.
The RCMP says the legalization of marijuana in a number of U.S. states is the reason THC-laced candies are now showing up in Canada. There's no denying the abundance of marijuana-laced candies to be found in the U.S. The newspapers are full of stories of arrests and seizures of the candies.
Indianapolis, Indiana police reported in January 2013 that most of the THC candy they had seized came from states that have legalized marijuana. Nancy Beals, the Prevention Project Coordinator for a Drug Free Marion County said, "A lot of stuff is coming in the mail. That's how a lot of kids are getting their hands on these marijuana candy products."
Anyone interested in making THC candies, commonly called "weed candy," can go on the Internet and find recipes and videos with step-by-step instructions. Hiding an illegal drug in candy is just a new way to hide the product. Illicit drugs have been hidden in many things over the years. From "tabs" of LSD fifty years ago, to the more sophisticated methods used today, the drug industry never stops working on ways to get their product into the hands of our children.
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