WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An 8-year-old boy in Canada won $200 worth of cannabis products in a raffle organized by the hockey league, infuriating his grandfather.
- Keith Redl suddenly finds himself in a difficult position where he had to explain what drugs are to his grandson.
- There are no rules barring cannabis as a prize option as per the policies of the hockey league and the standard procedures for the ticket raffles, says Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association.
Keith Redl says his grandson plays in a local hockey league with other seven and eight-year-old children. It has been an annual tradition for the teams to hold a fundraiser activity where they put together a prize package or a gift basket worth 50 dollars.
His grandson bought tickets worth 10 dollars and won the raffle prize later that day. The problem was that the gift basket was neither family-friendly nor something appropriate for the children when they always have been before, says Redl.
What the 8-year-old thought he had received were chocolates, instead, the basket was filled with $200 worth of cannabis products, along with a pipe and a lighter.
Redl found it hard to explain to his grandson why he was not supposed to eat the prize he had won because they are filled with drugs. Not being allowed to eat the chocolates upset his grandson, he told CTVNews.
“My grandson thought he won a great prize,” Redl told CTVNews. “‘Dad, I won chocolate!’ ‘No, son, there’s bad drugs in the chocolate.’ How do you explain that to a kid?”
Following the incident, Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association issues a statement explaining that the price was not intended for the children and that the boy must have snuck his ticket into the pool, saying that the basket was even marked “for adults only”.
The association also claims to have checked the IDs of whoever is going to pick up the prize to make sure that they were handing it over to someone over the age of 19. It was the father of the 8-year-old boy who claimed the prize for him.
There are also no rules barring cannabis as a prize option as per the policies of the hockey league and the standard procedures for the ticket raffles.
Redl describes the incident “ludicrous”, saying that “there is no place for drugs at a child’s hockey tournament.”