If you’re thinking of handing out cannabis products instead of candy on Halloween, don’t.
That’s the message from the B.C. government, which, in a news release, says although cannabis is legal in the province, only adults 19 and older may purchase, possess and consume non-medical cannabis products and there are penalties in place for those who sell or provide them to minors.
“We count on parents and all those who choose to consume cannabis to help keep kids safe. Illegal cannabis often comes in bright and colourful packaging designed to look like popular candy that kids love to get this time of year,” Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said in the release.
The provincial government recommends parents and caregivers check their child’s candy and treats for any cannabis products that may have been given out and that they keep any cannabis products away from kids.
“It is also important to remember that legal cannabis products can still be attractive to children, and it’s critical for people to put away, lock up and safely store any cannabis products they may have been using – especially edible varieties that could look enticing to young children,” added Farnworth.
Under federal law, providing cannabis to a minor carries a maximum penalty of 14 years.