Candy That Likely Included Pot Sickens 13 Kids

The youngest victim was just 6
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 8, 2016 5:59 PM CDT
Candy That Likely Included Pot Sickens 13 Kids
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(Newser) – A special unit of the San Francisco Police Department is investigating how 19 people including a 6-year-old child could have eaten gummy candies at a birthday party that most likely were marijuana edibles, the AP reports. The 19 were hospitalized Sunday, but all of them were released by Monday. Officer Grace Gatpandan said at a Monday news conference that the unit is interviewing people to see if the candies were intentionally placed at the party to target children, which would be a serious crime. But she says investigators don't want to rush to the assumption that it was intentional.

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She says police only know that the patients had THC in their systems, and they could not yet say whether the gummies had medical-grade levels of marijuana. The patients' symptoms were consistent with the effects of edible cannabis, including rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, dilated pupils, dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, lethargy, and confusion. Police did not name the Oakland catering company that provided the food for the party or say how the gummies were presented. The incident took place during a quinceanera celebration. Thirteen of the patients were 18 or younger. (Read more marijuana stories.)

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