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House: toddler tests positive for cannabis

Cannabis was found in the system of a one-year-old child, the House of Assembly heard yesterday.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said that the Central Government Laboratory had recorded an increase in the number of positive test results for the drug in children.

She explained: “A significant number of submissions to the laboratory were of cannabis and cannabis products.”

Ms Wilson said that since last November, every suspected cannabis submission had a test carried out “to distinguish hemp from cannabis with more than 1 per cent THC”, the active ingredient in cannabis.

The minister told MPs: “THC-containing products are increasing in the form of edibles.

“The edibles that have been submitted to the laboratory for analysis include gummy candies, lollipops, chocolates and THC-containing e-cigarettes. All include concentrated extracts of THC.

“Toxicology analysis and the urine programme have seen an increase in the number of submissions of samples that have been positive for cannabis in children, the youngest being a one-year-old infant.”

The estimated 2020-21 Budget for the central laboratory was $1.2 million, which included forensic analysis, urine drug testing and water and food analysis.

The Central Government Laboratory tests submissions for the presence of cannabis (File image)

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Published March 10, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated March 10, 2020 at 9:02 am)

House: toddler tests positive for cannabis

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