A Canadian grandfather is questioning when it’s appropriate to offer cannabis prizes in raffles after his eight-year-old grandson bid on and won a stash of $200 worth of pot products at a local youth hockey tournament. Keith Redl said his grandson plays Novice hockey with other children ages seven and eight at Dawson Creek Minor Hockey. But at a tournament over the weekend, a long-time tradition of fundraising took a turn, he said.
“Each team is usually responsible for putting a gift basket or prize package together with a minimum value of $50,” he said in a phone interview. “And then what they do is they have a big setup and they have a paper bag taped in front of each one of these prizes.”
He said the prizes had always been geared towards kids or families in the past, including things such as tickets to the movies, card games or family board games, or snacks like popcorn and candy.
The child’s father was the one who picked up the prize after receiving the call informing him of the win. He then sent photos of the haul to Redl. The pictures show various chocolate edibles, vanilla chai and other pot products — all stamped with the red, octagonal THC symbol of legal cannabis. There was also what appeared to be a pipe and a lighter included.
“My grandson thought he won a great prize,” Redl said. “‘Dad, I won chocolate!’ ‘No, son, there’s bad drugs in the chocolate.’ How do you explain that to a kid?”
However, the Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association said in a statement provided to CTVNews.ca that the prize was clearly marked as for adults, and that the cannabis was never out in the open where kids were.