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Police investigating pot-infused candy handed out at school Halloween event

At least one child ingested cannabis-infused chews that were found among candy at an event at an Alameda elementary school over the weekend, district officials said in a news alert. emergency addressed to families Monday afternoon.

Three other families said they found the fruit chews among the chocolates and other items at the PTA-sponsored event Sunday at Amelia Earhart Elementary School, located on Bay Farm Island.

The items were wrapped in blue paper and identified as Kiva Lost Farm cannabis-infused fruit chews. They look like Starburst candies.

“Please know that we are working quickly to determine the source of this candy and whether other children received it,” Earhart Principal Bryan Dunn-Ruiz said in the letter to families. “If you have any information about these fruit chews or also find cannabis gummies in your student’s collection, please contact us immediately. »

Children in Windsor, Sonoma County, participate in a Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Trail event on October 31, 2020. The number of children accidentally ingesting cannabis is increasing across the country.

Jessica Christian/The Chronicle 2020

The child who ingested the THC-infused candy became ill and the family requested “immediate medical attention,” police said in a statement.

As of midday Monday, no other incidents had been reported involving the ingestion of THC-laden chews.

“Many THC-infused candies may closely resemble popular brand candies commonly distributed at trick-or-treating events,” the Alameda Police Department wrote in a notice distributed to families. “This incident highlights a concern about the safety of our community during holiday celebrations like Halloween.”

Alameda Police Chief Nishant Joshi told the Chronicle it was too early in the investigation to have any information, although there were several leads to follow. It remains unclear whether the presence of the THC gummies was intentional or accidental, he added.

He said other parts of the country have seen similar incidents, although this was a first for Alameda.

“You hear about these things. Of course, I comb through my kids’ treats,” Joshi said. “I am very embarrassed myself as a professional and a parent.”

The Lost Farm candies appeared to be Blueberry Dream Chews, which contain 10 mg of THC per gummy, cost $2 each and come in a pack of 10.

Law enforcement officials noted that many forms of cannabis edibles come in packaging that resembles well-known products, including Reese’s, Sour Path Kids, Jolly Rancher Gummies and Doritos.

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