Letters Aug. 3: Cannabis packaging; praise for Clover Point changes

Strict rules for regulated cannabis

Re: “Cannabis product packaging should be responsible,” editorial, July 30.

The editorial mistakenly reported that recent hospitalizations were caused by cannabis edibles from the legal market.

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In fact, the products involved, and others like them, are explicitly prohibited by federal law. I raised this very concern in a press conference June 9. Because these products appeal to children, they are illegal.

I agree that “under no circumstances should cannabis products be packaged in ways likely to attract children.” Health Canada regulations are clear: cannabis packaging must be plain and child-resistant and cannot appeal to young people. Edibles like candy in shapes that appeal to kids are prohibited.

The cannabis and packaging highlighted in the recent case of Victoria children being poisoned was illegal.

Illegal products often contain THC levels far exceeding federal limits, which can sicken children, adults and pets.

Recently, we tested some dried cannabis seized in the Lower Mainland and released the results to raise awareness about potential contaminants in unregulated cannabis. Notably, regulated cannabis is subject to mandatory testing for contaminants.

B.C.’s Community Safety Unit works diligently to seize illegal products and shut down illegal retailers. It’s encouraging to note that, as a direct result of the unit’s efforts, 166 unlicensed retailers have closed or stopped selling cannabis.

Meanwhile, the number of legal retailers in B.C. stands at nearly 400 and counting.

To further public safety, my ministry will soon launch a public education campaign about how to identify legal cannabis retailers in your community. In the meantime, I encourage those with questions about cannabis to visit cannabis.gov.bc.ca.

Mike Farnworth
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Oak Bay has a spot with great views

Let the mistakes made at Clover Point serve as a guide to Oak Bay as Turkey Head is redesigned.

On any given sunny day, the Marina parking lot is almost always near full, as people of all ages and mobilities come to enjoy the beautiful views.

Bronwyn Taylor
Victoria

At Clover Point, no need to dodge cars

My reaction upon visiting Clover Point recently: Great! You can actually experience the view instead of looking at a row of parked cars.

There is much more space. For the weary: there are benches, there are picnic tables, there is a public washroom.

How fun for little kids to be able to run around in the wind without parents worrying about cars backing into them.

How peaceful for anyone walking with a walker, in a wheelchair or just strolling, to be able to enjoy the view without having to dodge as cars park or cars leave.

I really enjoyed the view and the space.

So glad to live here!

I am really loving the improvements on Dallas Road for walking and biking. I especially love the yellow chairs: these will become iconic.

Rosemary Mueller
Victoria

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