Being given THC-laced gummies by a 12-year-old student in the class, several children at a school in Florida overdosed and at least five of them were taken to a hospital after experiencing dizziness, stomach pain, and nausea.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office officials told that the student somehow had a package of gummies which contained 100 mg of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main mind-altering ingredient in cannabis. He gave it to six other seventh-grade students during gym class at Mulberry Middle School on Thursday. He now faces seven felony charges due to possessing and distributing marijuana.
The District of Columbia and ten states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults – but not in Florida, and certainly never for children.
Mr. Judd, the sheriff, told reporters that the children were all going to make a great recovery and they were going to be all right with no long-term injury or illness. The officials are concerned about how a 12-year-old came to be in possession of this drug and why he offered it to these six other kids.
In Florida, the drug is legal in the form of medical marijuana with a prescription but remains illegal in other forms.
Mr. Judd said that the edibles which sickened the students are sold online and come in a gummy brick supposed to be separated into 10 adult doses in states where it is legal. He also said that almost the whole package was divided among the six children.
Authorities said at least five children consumed the gummies, and the sixth child is believed to have done as well.
The sheriff said that the boy who gave out the gummies said he did not eat any, and he told at least two different stories about how he got them.
It is not clear whether he knew that the gummies contained THC or not, but authorities claimed that ignorance is not a defense against crime. He will be charged with one count of marijuana resin possession, six counts of marijuana distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, and one misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession also, authorities said.
When being asked whether the other six children might also face charges, Mr. Judd said no because they had eaten the evidence. However, they will be dealt with by the school system and their parents.