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Canada/IBNS: Go Public, an investigative news segment on CBC-TV, radio, and the web, discovered hundreds of websites selling illicit edibles with packages resembling all types of candy and chocolate bars, after Canadians raised concerns about operating of these websites due to a spike in poisonings.
Cannabis gummies. Image credit: Unsplash
These illegal websites are part of a huge and illegal marketplace that operates openly.
Health Canada also said, via email, that after seeing a spike in such reports, it issued an advisory in August about accidental ingestion of illegal edible cannabis products by children and launched "extensive public education and advertising campaigns … to encourage adults to store all cannabis securely."
It was reported by Statistics Canada that out of an estimated 42 percent of cannabis users, 743,800 Canadians who responded to the survey, got the pot from illegal sources in 2019.
Legalization of cannabis in Canada was done in October 2018, and edibles became legal a year later.
Since then, regional poison centers across the country have reported a spike in unintentional poisonings of children and teens involving edibles, but because of lack of data from every province and territory, it was unclear how many of those cases involved illicit, lookalike packages.
Health Canada had laid rules regarding legally sold Cannabis-infused edibles, gummy candies, chocolate, or baked goods, said Health Canada and added these can not be packaged with images or bright colors that can appeal to children, need to have child safety warnings, and be child-resistant.
No fatal poisonings of children or youth involving just cannabis have been reported to Health Canada since legalization in 2018.