Perth pair accused of selling cannabis oil-soaked sweets

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A male and female from Perth have been arrested accused of selling sweets soaked in cannabis oil.

Police raided an address in the city and found 500g of cannabis, more than £12,000 in cash and boxes of sweets, suspected to be soaked in the oil.

A report for councillors by Perth and Kinross area commander Chief Inspector Ian Scott said the pair had been posting the sweets to order around the UK.

It said: “In January 2018, Police Scotland received information to suggest a male from Perth was soaking sweets in cannabis oil and posting orders throughout the United Kingdom.

“As a result of the information the community investigation unit, craved and executed a drug search warrant at an address in Perth.

“During the search of the address, 500g of cannabis and more than £12,000 in cash was recovered along with boxes of sweets, which were suspected to be soaked in cannabis oil.

“The male and female occupants of the address were arrested for being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.”

At the council’s housing and communities committee on Tuesday, Blairgowrie and Glens SNP councillor Tom McEwan asked if psychoactive cannabinoids, the element of the drug which gives a high, had been removed.

He said: “Any discussion I have had around cannabis oil is that it does not contain any psychoactive cannabinoids and is used by people who believe they get a medical benefit from it.

“Is this something dealers are using to distribute full cannabis with psychoactive  properties?”

But Chief Inspector Scott said there was a “destructive” element to the sales.

He said: “There is an international debate about the use of cannabis for health issues, whether related to chronic pain or disability.

“In this case I think the criminality was much more destructive, it was looking to engage young people with a range of sweets and to encourage them to take the sweets.

“I’m not certain if there were psychoactive elements or not.”

A report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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