On Thursday 28 November 2018, a 12-year-old boy was arrested after giving cannabis-infused sweeties to some classmates at Mulberry Middle School in Polk County, Florida. The seven charges levelled against him included possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. The boy was named at a press conference led by the local sheriff. Responsible entities won’t follow suit because he’s a juvenile.

Gummy bears. Photo: Ines Hegedus-Garcia

Gummy bears. Photo:
Ines Hegedus-Garcia

How the story unfolded

At around 10AM, during the second period of the day – PE – this THOROUGHLY EVIL little boy gave the cannabis-infused sweeties to two boys and four girls. They “devoured” almost all of the 100mg he had. The miscreant didn’t partake. Five were taken to hospital by ambulance after complaining of dizziness, nausea and stomach pain. They were later released. Another was collected by her mother. One pupil told a member of staff about the sweeties.

Where did he get them?

The cannabis-infused sweeties were gummy bears, specifically Green Hornet Fruit Punch Gummies. These are made in California. The boy told a number of stories as to how he had obtained them, at one point claiming to have got them from someone else. He eventually admitted he had ordered them over the internet. The empty packet was recovered from a rubbish bin. It was marked “For medical use only” and “Keep out of the reach of children and animals.” Each sweetie contains 10mg (0.000352oz) of THC.

A copper goes, “I told you so”

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is a “staunch” opponent of medical marijuana. He went “I told you so” – “I warned us that all of this was coming.” He stated that authorities have “long been concerned” about the perils of cannabis-infused sweeties because they might “get into the hands of and poison children.” He must have been dead chuffed as he intoned, “Here’s an example of that.” He described one of the pupils as “all but passed out.” He remarked of the DREADFUL SINNER: “His parents are totally co-operating and understand the gravity of this situation.”

Please talk to your children!

The superintendent of the school, Jacqueline Byrd, warned parents to “Please talk to your children.” Another parent, Amanda Cochran, pronounced, “I’m actually pretty glad that it wasn’t my kid, and I feel real bad for the parents of the kids that it did happen to.”

Cannabis has come to Polk County

Cannabis for recreational usage is illegal in Florida. In 2016, however, 70 percent of voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution that legalised the drug for medicinal purposes. A person must have a “debilitating medical condition”. These include cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS – basically, the things you can read about here. A medical marijuana dispensary opened in Polk County in 2018. It is open seven days a week. One to be pleased was Betty Patterson, who is afflicted by post-traumatic stress disorder. She commented of cannabis that it helps her to cope with “things that happened in life”. She concluded “You don’t need pills to get better when God made it for you.”

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