Two arrested after cannabis sweets ’50 times stronger than a joint’ leave 17 kids ill
Two people have been arrested after cannabis sweets reportedly 50 times stronger than a joint left 17 youngsters hospitalised.
The reportedly ‘medicated Nerds Rope Bites’ appeared to be packaged for kids, but allegedly had dangerous levels of psychoactive chemical THC.
Medics rushed to La Sainte Union Catholic School in Highgate, north London, after the teens – aged between 13 and 14 – were struck down by the toxic sweets.
Police have said they been suffering from “nausea, hyperactivity, elevated heart rates and hallucinations”.
The packets of the sweets is marked up with “super potent formula, 600mg of THC” and says it has a “60 minute activation time”, the Daily Mail reports.
It also warns “keep away from children”.
A 600mg dose of THC – which is found in cannabis – could be more than 50 times more powerful than a joint, which has 12mg of the substance, scientific studies suggest.
Police confirmed a 41-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and child neglect.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “On Wednesday, 7 October, a 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and child neglect (exposure to harm).
He was taken to a north London police station and was released on bail to a date in November.
On Thursday, 8 October, a 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and child neglect (exposure to harm). She is currently in custody at a North London Police Station.
Police were called by London Ambulance Service at around 11:45hrs on Monday, 5 October, to reports of children feeling unwell having eaten what they believed to be sweets at a school in Highgate Road, NW5.
As a precaution, 17 children were taken to hospital. Initially, this was reported as 13 children but a further four became unwell. Their parents were informed. Nobody was found to be seriously unwell.
Investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 4524/5Oct.”
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