Police in Nova Scotia have accused the owners of an illegal cannabis storefront of marketing some of their high-potency products toward children, including cannabis shaped like Lego bricks.
The small blocks contained a high level of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, police said in a news release Wednesday.
However, the Mounties later issued a brief statement saying portions of their original news release included opinions “beyond scope of Nova Scotia RCMP.”
The police force apologized for the confusion and released another version of the statement, which does not include many key details — including any mention of children or Lego bricks.
Cpl. Lisa Croteau, an RCMP spokeswoman, said there were no errors in the original release, but she said it was a mistake for the Mounties to suggest a child could have died if they ate one of the cannabis blocks.
She said that kind of speculation was best left to medical professionals.
After executing a search warrant Monday west of Halifax, police seized about $60,000 worth of cannabis and cannabis-related products from the Timberleaf Alternative Medical Society in Timberlea, the RCMP said in the original statement.
Police allege the business had falsely claimed it sold cannabis only to those with medical prescriptions.
In Nova Scotia, the only legal sellers of cannabis are the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation and online distributors approved by Health Canada.
The RCMP said the store had generated about $1 million in revenue from cash-only sales since the beginning of the year, having spent only $50,000 on overhead — details left out of the second statement.
“They often use promotional tactics, (suggesting) they are helping persons with prescriptions, selling cannabis at a lower cost than government stores and (offering) better quality goods,” the Mounties said in the first statement.
As well, the Mounties issued a warning to those purchasing illegal cannabis products, saying the lack of quality control is a real issue.
They cited the case of a recently shut store in Lower Sackville, N.S., where cannabis derivatives were being made in a room littered with rat feces.