With Halloween just around the corner, the Atlantic Beach Police Department in Florida warned parents of trick-or-treaters to be wary of lollipops, gummies, and other kinds of edibles that might be laced with marijuana.
The warning was issued following an incident wherein David Haddad, a resident of Aquatic Drive, was charged with possession of illegal drugs like cocaine, LSD, and marijuana. His car beat a red light on Mayport Road and when he was pulled over, the police uncovered 6.1 grams of cocaine, a plastic bag of mushrooms, and LSD in his car. The police also found 26 bags of “Shatter Gummies” that contained 75 milligrams of THC, as well as more than a pound of “Chocolate Peanut Butter Dankness,” containing 100 milligrams of THC.
With the marijuana candies looking very appealing to children, the Atlantic Beach police posted a parental warning on their Facebook page. “The drugs confiscated in these pictures were taken from an individual who had the intentions of selling them illegally on the street. To our knowledge, these marijuana edibles are not being placed in businesses,” their announcement stated. They also added that marijuana candies may have antagonistic effects with the medications that they are taking, which could cause THC levels to rise as much as five-fold in the bloodstream.
Edible marijuana has long been a subject of intense scrutiny because it takes hours to experience their effects. Thus, this makes the user prone to overeating because they do not think it is working. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, pot overdose can cause extreme panic attacks and psychotic reactions, which might lead to self-harm. This is exactly what happened to a 19-year-old Colorado college student who jumped to his death after eating six servings of cannabis-laced cookies.
Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control already issued a similar warning earlier in July, emphasizing that edible marijuana is only legal for people over 21 in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia. The new warning by the Atlantic Beach police reinforces the danger of these pot edibles to everyone, especially kids.
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