Police have seized cannabis lollipops and sweets from a South Devon shop after concerns were raised by local parents.
The goods, all branded with the recognisable cannabis leaf, were taken away by officers from Paignton Neighbourhood Policing Team and local officers from Devon and Cornwall Police‘s licencing team following a visit to an off-licence shop in the town centre.
A spokesman for Paignton Police said that the items had all been sent to a lab for analysis and insisted that if they contain cannabis – a class B drug – or any of its derivatives, then the owner of the off-licence ‘will be dealt with accordingly’. He said that possible breaches of alcohol licences will also be investigated at the premises.
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He said: “Our concern is that the items are clearly marketed to target young people with their colourful packaging and the fact that they are marketed as sweets and lollies.
“Parents need to be aware that we have received reports of children becoming unwell and intoxicated recently. If they receive any information that this could be linked to purchasing or consuming items like those pictured, then please contact us.”
He added: “Just because a shop sells these or similar products does not necessarily make them legal. Anyone found in possession of these type of items runs the risk of having them confiscated for testing and then the possibility of being dealt with for possession of a controlled drug and possible prosecution.”
The incident happened on Tuesday July 12.