Parents are warned to be wary after a huge stash of cannabis-infused ‘stoner candies’ were found in ‘copycat’ containers in two suspected drug dens in Sussex.
The edibles — which can contain up to six times more of the psychedelic chemical THC than are allowed in comparable drugs — were found by police in colorful packaging marked ‘Stoney Patch’, making them look nearly identical to the Sour. Kids’ Patch Favorites.
Experts warned that young people who eat cannabis edibles could become ‘very sick’ and have difficulty walking, sitting up or breathing normally.
While the cannabis plant designs on the banned packs set them apart from real kid candies, agents warn they could easily be mistaken for legal brands — or slip into homes under the noses of parents who don’t notice the difference.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said officers visited the East Sussex addresses at Bexhill Road, St Leonards and Preston Road, Bexhill on Monday, August 8, following information from the community about suspected drug-related activity.
More than 5kg of cannabis and cannabis resin were found at the two properties, as well as nearly £5,000 in cash and large quantities of cannabis edibles.
Two men, aged 33 and 34, were arrested for ‘concern over cannabis supply’ before being released under the investigation as the investigation continues.
Inspector Aidan Cornwall said: ‘This was a major operation with over 150 individual items seized during lengthy searches at both addresses. It was an operation that also emphasizes our commitment to listening to the concerns of the community and following up on the information we receive.
“Cannabisedibles can be incredibly dangerous. First, they are often packaged in brightly colored and professional-looking packaging that can not only look like legitimate food, but also be particularly appealing to children and young people.
“However, these items are produced in often unsanitary conditions and without quality control, meaning those who consume these products have no idea what their strength will be, nor what contaminants they may contain.
“Consumption of cannabis edibles has been linked to a number of hospitalizations and even deaths, so we are extremely pleased to have taken such a large amount out of circulation.”
From November 1, 2018, patients in the UK will be able to be prescribed medicinal cannabis.
But the drug is still controlled as a Class B substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 for recreational use.
Scientific studies have shown that the drug can relieve depression, anxiety and stress, but heavy use can cause paranoia and exacerbate depression in the long term by impairing the brain’s ability to release traumatic memories.
The popularity of products containing cannabis oil containing the psychoactive chemical THC has skyrocketed, as it is claimed to have cancer-fighting and other medicinal properties.
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