Illicit ‘gummies’ lead to a medical emergency

On April 13, 2019, the Saugeen Shores Police received information about a concern for
the well-being of children at a Port Elgin residence.

Saugeen Shores Police Service and Bruce County EMS attended the residence and assisted in providing medical attention to children in the home. Bruce Grey Child and Family Services was notified and continue to provide care and direction for the children.

Uniform Members of the Saugeen Shores Police Service were assisted by the Criminal
Investigations and Drugs Unit in investigating the circumstances that led to the children
requiring medical treatment. It was determined that the children had located
improperly stored THC ‘Gummies’ in the home and had ingested them, leading to a
medical emergency.

As a result of the investigation that followed, an adult male and female have been
charged with Possession of Illicit cannabis and 2 counts of Failing to Provide the
Necessaries of Life.

THC is tetrahydrocannabinol, a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient
of cannabis. THC “Gummies” are edible candies that have THC infused in them. THC
Gummies are one type of edible cannabis (marihuana) product. The THC Gummies in
this investigation were ordered on-line, and are an illicit product.

The Saugeen Shores Police Service would like remind people that despite the new
Cannabis Act, edible cannabis products such as cannabis candy, gummies, brownies,
etc., cannot be manufactured and sold. Possession of these manufactured products
would constitute Possession of Illicit Cannabis. Although these cannabis products will
be permitted for legal sale under the Cannabis Act in the future, at this time they remain
illicit and therefore illegal to possess.

Furthermore, if a child were to inadvertently ingest marihuana, cannabis products, or
any other drug, the child should be monitored and a medical professional consulted.