Cannabis edibles a danger to children and teenagers warn West Mercia Police - The Malvern Observer

Cannabis edibles a danger to children and teenagers warn West Mercia Police

Malvern Editorial 5th Apr, 2023   0

PARENTS and carers in Malvern are being warned about the circulation of cannabis edibles disguised as popular confectionery across the UK.

Despite no reports of the products in Malvern, multiple reports around the UK have prompted West Mercia Police to issue the warnings on the Malvern Neighbourhood Matters page.

The cannabis edibles, which contain cannabis’ psychoactive compound THC, can take the form of chocolate bars and sweets, copying branding from popular confectioneries.

Because of the way the products are packaged, West Mercia Police fear they can be ‘particularly appealing to children and teenagers’ and may be used by criminal gangs in an attempt to ‘coerce and exploit’ them into engaging in other drug related activities.

The cannabis edibles, which do not look or smell like cannabis, can have THC contents far exceeding that of traditional cannabis, increasing the physiological effects and therefore risks associated.

Although the purchase of psychoactive cannabis products is illegal in the UK, a rise in advertisements for the products on social media channels such as Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat increase the possibility of children being exposed to them.

To report information regarding cannabis edibles call 101 or report online via West Mercia Police website. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Click here to read the full statement on the Neighbourhood Matters page.


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