Edibles are too tempting to children, and too easy to access, she said, despite evidence to the contrary
BNN Bloomberg’s Amanda Lang is stirring up controversy again.
On The Takeaway with Amanda Lang, the TV host curiously argued that Canada’s restrictions on edibles are not strict enough given the obvious appeal the recently legalized products hold for children.
“Edibles can come in various forms from cookies to brownies to gummies,” Lang said. “Forms that look, sound and taste like food children and young adults want to eat.”
It’s all well and good if consenting adults want to “abuse their body and brain,” Lang said, but it’s the children she’s worried about.
“While the grown-ups ponder whether they should eat half a gummie or a whole one, the kids are being put in harm’s way,” she said. “From a youngster who innocently eats a cookie laced with drugs to teenagers pranking each other to food that looks innocent, but isn’t, flying under the radar of watchful parents, edibles are really just a can of worms.”
Lang would rather that can stay tightly sealed. “It’s easy to differ on whether cannabis should have been legalized instead of just decriminalized, but when it comes to edibles and the tempting forms they take, the foolishness takes the cake,” she said.
Twitter would beg to differ, of course, and was quick to let the host hear all about it once she posted the piece to her account. In a wave of overwhelmingly negative responses, the Twitterverse pointed out that Canada has the strictest restrictions on edibles of any legal market in the world and that it vastly restricts labelling — and outright bans advertising — on the products.
“Perhaps worst (among many) is the idea that edibles are sold with virtually no restrictions,” @KirkTousaw said. “That’s just a lie. You’d have to be completely ignorant to believe that. Age-gated retail, childproof packaging, minimal dosages — contrast that with alcohol, which is more dangerous.”
Lang’s case wasn’t helped by the fact that the video segment showcased some illicit cannabis products that boast very different — and much more child-enticing — packaging.
“Why are you highlighting black market edibles in your graphics Amanda?” another user wrote. “Kids can get those easier then going to legal, age-gated stores selling expensive low potency edibles for your fictional pranks. As a parent, I take responsibility for adult goods in my home, so should you.”
But mostly, people were offended that Lang did not address the benefits the drug, in any form, brings with it. “Excuse me @AmandaLang while I destroy my body and brain with a small piece of THC/CBD-infused chocolate before reading a bedtime story to my young son. He likes me better when I’m not in pain with arthritis,” @dividend_ commented.
Lang handled the Twitter mob with the confidence of a television personality who knows a little controversy goes a long way.
“Nothing riles folks up like a little truth about their addiction of choice,” she wrote as the posts began to give way to profanity. “Consume away. But know the facts. You should see the reaction to: there is no amount of alcohol that’s good for you. My point isn’t that you can’t keep harming yourself if you want. But kids shouldn’t,” she said.
It might have gotten lost in the packaging.
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Written by David Yasvinski