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May 21, 2019

Middle school student charged with 7 felonies after classmates sickened by pot-laced gummies

November 30, 2018
The package of gummies seized from the 12 yr old 7th grader at Mulberry Middle school today in Florida. He shared the gummies, which are illegal here, with at least 6 other 12 yr old children – 5 were taken by ambulance to a hospital after getting sick. (Polk County Sheriff)

A 12-year-old middle school student in Florida is being charged with seven felonies after feeding THC-laced gummy bears to classmates, sending five to the hospital.

The Polk County police were summoned to Mulberry Middle School on Thursday afternoon “in response to several students who had a negative reaction to marijuana-laced gummy bears they had ingested,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Five students were transported to the hospital, and two other students were picked up by their parents to be medically checked out.”

The California-made Green Hornet fruit punch gummies contained 100 mg of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to local ABC News affiliate WFTS. The 12-year-old student bought them online, brought them to school and shared them with classmates during gym in second period that morning. A few hours later the students reported symptoms including stomach pains, nausea and/or dizziness.

“They had stomach aches, they were nauseous, dizzy. One of them was all but passed out,” Sheriff Grady Judd told Fox13 News in Florida.

The students all recovered, Fox13 said.

WFTS said the student has been charged with six felony counts of distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, one count of possession of marijuana resin, and one count of possession of paraphernalia. Though legal in California for adults, marijuana-infused treats are illegal in Florida, Judd told Fox13.

“We have long been concerned about the dangers of marijuana-infused candy, and that it would get into the hands of, and poison, children,” Judd said in the statement. “Here’s an example of that.”

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