Pubdate: Tue, 28 Mar 2017
Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC)
Copyright: 2017, BC Newspaper Group
Author: Glenda Barr


Re: Island Health has no appetite for edibles, March 23.

I find myself feeling rather disturbed after reading the News Bulletin
account of the Vancouver Island Health Authority's decision to
regulate cannabis edibles being sold in dispensaries.

Dr. Richard Stanwick cites that the problem is that the cannabis used
in these edible products does not come from an approved source. Is
this standard maintained in all food products sold in our health
region? I do not believe that it is.

Has VIHA investigated 'food products' sold in dollar stores that are
imported from China, where there have been many instances of toxic
ingredients causing serious health problems in consumers? I would
consider these to impose far more danger than the high-quality
cannabis edibles that 'help the medicine go down' for many suffering

Our grocery stores sell many 'food products' which contain
questionable ingredients that I consider too great a health risk to

This ban on products which can alleviate the suffering of patients
dealing with grievous health conditions seems completely hypocritical.
Let's get real about 'protecting' consumers from dangerous ingredients
in food, instead of using poorly enforced regulations to deprive the
sick of products that can help them to rest well, without pain.

Glenda Barr

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