Responsible Edible Use
At Buddies Canada we take safety and social responsibility very seriously. We were deeply worried and shocked when we came across the below article. Responsible edible use is very important. We love cannabis (as do you likely, if you’re reading this) and thus feel a responsibility to share. Marijuana is a wonderful plant and brings happiness and real world help to many people. However someone being dosed with cannabis unknowingly or without proper knowledge can be at risk. Edibles are already a source of debate due to their appearance and taste being attractive to children. At Buddies Canada we firmly support the legal age and believe that cannabis has no place in the hands of youth (unless directed by a physician). Responsible edible use is best learned by erring on the side of caution and with great patience. Leaving edibles accessible to animals and pets also puts them at great risk as they are unable to process the high of THC the way humans are. We love you, Buddies, and hope for your safety every day. Please pass on this love by keeping your “stash” tucked away and secure. The below article is property of the Vancouver Sun:
Outrage after ‘microdosed candy’ placed on car windows following Vancouver cannabis conference
Each package stated the candy contained “10MG per microdosed candy.”
Liberal MLA Jas Johal is calling for pot enforcement now, after several small black packages with “microdosed candy” were placed on the windshields of cars parked outside a Vancouver marijuana conference over the weekend.
“It’s time to start enforcing,” said Johal, the MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “Clearly some of these companies feel emboldened and have gone as far as marketing these products by putting them on windshields. They need to be reminded that this is not acceptable, that this is a public hazard. It’s an issue of public safety at the end of the day and it concerns me deeply.”
According to Johal, on Sunday — the last day of the Lift & Co. Cannabis Business Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre — several packages each containing two small Coke-bottle shaped and sugar-coated candies were distributed in public, including being placed on car windows.
Each package stated the candy contained “10MG per microdosed candy.” The label said they were available on Earth’s Edibles website. The label also included a red square with a white marijuana leaf inside, alongside an exclamation mark. That is a universal pot-warning symbol in Oregon, where marijuana is legal.
Earth’s Edibles owner Adam Osborne told Postmedia News on Tuesday that his business had nothing to do with the packages or their distribution.
“There’s definitely some espionage going on,” he said.
Osborne’s business makes pot-infused meals, but also sells gummy bears and gummy worms. He said his business was moving to California next week and wouldn’t return until the federal government legalizes cannabis edibles.
Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee said that whomever did distribute the packages had broken federal laws.
“This was a big mistake by someone,” Lee said.
While it has been legal for the authorized sale of dried cannabis in Canada since Oct. 17, 2018, it’s illegal to market and distribute edible cannabis. Lee said the federal government is seeking public input on plans to legalize the sale of edible cannabis and it’s expected to become law in the fall.
“You can’t sell (edible cannabis) and you can’t put it under windshield wipers because you don’t know who it might end up in the hands of,” Lee said. “Just because a car is parked at that location, you don’t know the driver isn’t 16.”
Not only could the person responsible be charged with trafficking, they could also run afoul of Health Canada laws around packaging and distribution of cannabis to minors. Lee said the Vancouver police would be responsible for the trafficking investigation.
Johal said his main concern was the risk of children eating the allegedly pot-infused candies and he pointed a finger at the B.C. government’s Community Safety Unit, which is tasked with enforcing provincial laws around pot but is still not up-and- running.
Colin Hynes, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Safety responsible for the Community Safety Unit, said this case wasn’t a provincial issue.
“The issue is federal because it is trafficking and also involves Health Canada. That’s not something we would be involved in anyway,” Hynes said.
Johal said he would keep the packages and welcomed a Vancouver police investigation.
Please join us in promoting responsible edible use in your circles.