As early innovators in the cannabis industry, we have always committed ourselves to social responsibility—which is exactly why we launched our Child Safety Program over two years ago, helping to ensure that the roll-out of the Cannabis Act is a total success for all of us!
If you’re wondering how you can promote child safety in your community, we have all the information you need. Take a closer look at the three methods we use and social outreach efforts to ensure cannabis in Canada is always safe.
Consider how your cannabis is packaged
Packaging is one of the first steps to harm reduction and safety. As part of our program, we have developed discreet, child-resistant, and re-sealable packaging that acts similarly to seals found on pharmaceutical packaging.
Some of the designs in a child-safe bag that you should look for are:
- An opaque exterior so that kids can’t see their contents.
- A minimalistic design like ours, which is meant to be unappealing to kids.
- A lever lock Unlike regular re-sealable bags, these packages feature a lever lock that must be released to unzip the bag. To reclose the container, you simply push the zipper until the lever clicks, indicating that it is securely locked.
Place edibles in a safe place away from reach
Edibles are meant to look and taste good. The downside of this, however, is that kids can also find them tempting and might mistake them for cannabis-free treats. To prevent accidental consumption, keep edibles in a place that your kids cannot access, similar to other substances you would not want your children playing with.
Be open with your kids about cannabis
We believe that open communication with your child about cannabis use and its side effects is a great method to educate them of the possible dangers of irresponsible cannabis use, why people use cannabis, and the legal status of cannabis in Canada. Just like vitamins, prescriptions, or over-the-counter medication, all of which are sold in child-resistant containers, cannabis is meant to be used in proper dosages.
About CAFE’s child safety program
CAFE’s child safety program was emulated by Health Canada and officially became the policy for all cannabis distributors in the country. Our child safety program is just one of the ways we support our commitment to social responsibility. We strive to be a leader and influencer in the Canada’s cannabis industry and we believe that role comes with a lot of responsibility.
Our safety bags are mandatory with every purchase and require a $2 non-refundable deposit. Customers can also reuse them in the future., as an incentive to decrease waste and excess packaging. We encourage all customers to trade in ten of their used safety bags for a gift.
This was a company response to a person whining about the child safety bag fee. I am not sure if you can incorporate it in this article, excluding Patron Scan for this above purpose?
With the new Cannabis Act coming in to effect it is imperative for us provide an assistive tool to our hosts so we can satisfy the requirements of subparagraph (1)(a)(ii), “unless the accused took reasonable steps to ascertain the individual’s age.” We use a PIPEDA compliant product that does not store any personal information except postal code and age. The Child Safety Bag serves a dual purpose for our patrons to help protect them from an unwarranted search under Bill 174 where it states,12 (1) No person shall drive or have the care or control of a vehicle or boat, whether or not it is in motion, while any cannabis is contained in the vehicle or boat, EXCEPT (a) that is packed in baggage that is fastened closed or is not otherwise readily available to any person in the vehicle or boat, as well as provide a Child Safety lock as a harm reduction mechanism to prevent unwanted access in your home. Proceeds from the Child Safety Bags go into Community Events like local like garbage clean ups, community festivals, easter egg hunts, kids fun day, donations, pumpkin carving contests, Christmas and Thanksgiving drives.