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Father charged after child unknowingly shares cannabis edibles at school

Apr 27, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Fourth-grader apparently mistook edibles for regular candy

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The 43-year-old father of a child who brought cannabis edibles to an Ohio elementary school, thinking they were leftover Easter candy, has been charged.

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Five children at Windermere Elementary School became ill on Apr. 21 after sharing a non-school food item during lunch, school principal Julie Nolan reports in a statement to parents. The five pupils, all aged 11 or younger, included the 10-year-old girl and four others, per The Columbus Dispatch.

Police and fire responders were called in, Nolan states. The students were transported to a hospital to be checked out and parents were informed.

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    Investigation launched after middle schoolers given cannabis edibles

  2. All students involved in the incident “have been evaluated and are under the care of medical personnel and are stable.” / PHOTO BY WILDPIXEL / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS

    Child shares cannabis edibles with 14 students at elementary school

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    Two fourth-graders sent to hospital after another student shares weed gummies

Posted by WBNS, a statement from Upper Arlington’s police division notes that responders were called in after receiving reports of multiple sick children and that “several children were transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”

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Media reports indicate the pupils showed signs of impairment and experienced nausea, hallucinations and elevated heart rates.

According to the Ontario Poison Centre, possible symptoms of cannabis poisoning include vomiting, agitation, confusion, slurred speech, drowsiness/lethargy and slowed breathing. “The effects of cannabis in a child are much more variable than effects seen in adults. Any ingestion of cannabis in a child can cause serious harm,” the centre notes.

In a followup note from the school, Nolan writes that she is “happy to share that they are all doing well.”

Citing police, WSYX reports the father of the student faces a number of misdemeanour offences, namely endangering children, possession of controlled substances and obstructing official business.

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It’s been reported that after hearing about the ill children, the father came home and asked officers to wait outside while he allegedly disposed of the remaining edibles in the garbage disposal.

Per The Columbus Dispatch, the fourth-grade student saw the 50 mg THC gummies in a glass jar in a kitchen cabinet and, thinking they were leftover Easter candy, added five of them to her school lunch bag.

In the summer of 2020, Health Canada issued an advisory after receiving reports of children being hospitalized after consuming illegal cannabis edibles that were too easily accessible to children. All of the edibles were stored in places like fridges or freezers and did not have the childproof packaging required on legal cannabis edibles, notes the advisory.

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It is alleged the father told police that he bought the edibles several years ago in Colorado, where recreational cannabis is legal, and uses them for a medical condition. The edibles are usually stored in his room.

While Ohio has legalized cannabis for medicinal use, it continues to be banned for recreational purposes.

A legalization initiative is currently in the works to “enact a state law to legalize the cultivation, processing, sale, purchase, possession, home growth and use of recreational marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older.” The proposal, which could appear on Ohio’s ballot as an indirect initiated state statute on Nov. 8, suggests that adults be able to legally possess as much as 71 grams of weed and up to 15 grams of cannabis concentrates.

The Ohio father is scheduled to appear in municipal court on May 11.

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