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Fake labels could be an issue in the future

The fake label was brought to his attention after a customer brought the package into the store. He said while the package is a good imitation, it lacks critical pieces of information, like a lot number and a line detailing the potency of THC or CBD in the product.

Ruttig said there’s “a lot of confusion” about which websites are legal and the fake labelling only adds to the uncertainty.

“You can order cannabis from black market means,” he said. “When those labels are confusing and have Health Canada labelling on it, it makes it even harder for customers to differentiate what’s a legal, regulated Health Canada-tested product, and what is something from the grey market or the black market that could get them in trouble.”

An illegitimate weed package, green in colour, next to legal weed products regulated by the provincial government at Prairie Records in Saskatoon. (CBC News/Don Somers)

Ruttig said with the fake labelling, a customer could think they’re in possession of legal cannabis, when in fact they could be smoking black market product, which carries with it legal ramifications and issues around quality assurance.

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), which is responsible for the distribution of cannabis in Saskatchewan has been informed about the fake labels.

“SLGA is aware of the illegal cannabis with packaging designed to look like official Health Canada approved product,” David Morris, an SLGA spokesperson, said in a statement. “Whenever SLGA becomes aware of information like this, we share it with Health Canada and the police.”