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RCMP find candy laced with marijuana in Alberta

Ed Andrieski/Associated Press

The discovery during a traffic stop of candy laced with the active ingredient in marijuana has the RCMP in Alberta concerned about an apparent new way to get drugs into the hands of young people.

Mounties say more than half a kilogram of candies containing THC oil were found in a vehicle that was pulled over by police on Highway 16 near Wabamun (WAH'-buh-mun), west of Edmonton, on Jan. 11.

They say over five kilograms of marijuana was also discovered and a man from Edmonton was charged.

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Sgt. Lorne Adamitz, an RCMP drug expert, says in a release that the attractive, brightly coloured candies are aimed at a younger customer base, but people who eat them have no way of knowing their potency.

Mounties also say that due to legalization of marijuana in some U.S. states, it's likely that more of these types of drugs will make their way onto Canadian streets.

Donald Cook, who is 24, will face drug-related charges in a Stony Plain court on April 24.

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