Schools warn of cannabis candy being sold in child-friendly packaging after law student’s death

Young people are being urged not to buy the sweets after Damilola Olakanmi, from Ilford, died on April 2 after eating a cannabis gummy she bought via a messaging app on her phone

Damilola Olakanmi, a 23-year-old law student, bought the "gummy bear" via a messaging app
Damilola Olakanmi, a 23-year-old law student, bought the “gummies” through a messaging app

Following the death of a 23-year-old law student in London earlier this month, schools have warned parents about increasing sales of cannabis candy in “kid-friendly packaging”.

Young people are being urged not to buy the sweets after Ilford’s Damilola Olakanmi died on April 2. The student ate a cannabis gummy she bought through a messaging app on her phone.

There are now growing concerns that the sweets will be sold in child-friendly packaging after it was discovered that the sweet Damilola came in ‘Trrlli Peachie O’s’ branded packaging. MyLondon reported.

The Metropolitan Police have warned people of the potential dangers after the incident and a number of sweets have been recovered and are currently being tested.

Headmasters have also expressed concerns.

Geoff Barton, Secretary General of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “It is of great concern that cannabis candy could be available in child-friendly packaging.

“We have not heard reports of these sweets being brought into school buildings, but as with all problems in society in general, there is an obvious risk of this happening.”

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“There’s clearly a finite limit to what [schools] can, and what they need is that people don’t produce, sell and buy such things in the first place.

“We are very saddened to hear of this tragic incident and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young woman who has passed away.”

According to the Met, the case could be linked to another incident last month in which a woman was hospitalized after consuming a cannabis candy in Tower Hamlets.

The Met’s East Area Basic Command Unit has warned the public about the dangers of illegal drugs in general, but particularly those packaged as “cannabis candy.”

Marijuana candies are also known as edibles


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Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell said: “Please do not purchase or consume these products. They are illegal and may pose a risk of accidental consumption due to the child-friendly packaging.

“The special batch of sweets came in a Trrlli Peachie O branded wrapper. It has not been confirmed at this time where the candy was made.”

A spokesman for charity Hope UK said: “Often the packaging of these products looks very similar to well-known confectionery brands that appeal to children, so it can only be assumed that they will be marketed to young people.

“The main problem with products sold as cannabis edibles, candy or gummies is that they are illegal substances and therefore there is no way of knowing exactly what they contain…parents, schools and young people People should certainly be made aware of doing this.”

Following Damilola’s death, family member and justice campaigner Richard Taylor said: “It is a tragic warning to all young people as they live their lives.

“You should resist drugs. Damilola was a promising young woman who should look forward to her future and children of her own. She studied law.”

Leon Brown, 37, from South Norwood in Croydon, was arrested in connection with the Friday April 1 incident.

He was charged with possession with intent to supply Class B synthetic cannabinoid, concern for supply of a synthetic cannabinoid and possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance.

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