Police in two provinces say they are investigating reports about THC-infused candy given out to children for Halloween, and in one case a child went to hospital.
RCMP in Richmond, B.C., said Tuesday that the girl ate the treat containing the psychoactive compound in cannabis.
Her parents phoned police late Monday to report the area where the she had been trick-or-treating in case the drug had been handed to other children.
Police said no other children from the group she went out with had been given the candy.
The girl was treated and released from hospital.
RCMP said in a news release that while officers hope it wasn’t an intentional incident, parents should be checking their children’s candy.
Police handed out a photo of the candy called "Medicated Nerds," THC infused gummy rope, with a label that it be kept out of the reach of children and animals.
In Winnipeg, police said they received half a dozen reports of "Medicated Nerds," with a label indicating that it contains 600 milligrams of THC, given out to children for Halloween.
They said the candy was found in sandwich bags that also came with full-sized chocolate bars. However, the candy was not tested and police could not say for certain if they contain THC.
Winnipeg police Const. Dani McKinnon said there have been no reports of any children there having ingested the candies. She encouraged caregivers to check children's Halloween treats if they haven't already.
"Look at all of the candy that you have, and if you see one of these items that are suspicious, contact the police."
Winnipeg police received reports about the candy only from the South Tuxedo area of the city.
Based on the labelling, McKinnon said, it is not a product approved by the federal government.
"There's very specific information that must go on those authorized items," she said. "These particular candied items that we have seized do not meet those requirements."
McKinnon added that Winnipeg schools have also been notified.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 1, 2022.
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