Middle-Schooler Faces Multiple Felonies After Giving Classmates Pot Gummies
Sheriff: 'It wasn't an accident.'
A Florida boy is facing multiple felony charges after he shared THC-laced gummy candies with his classmates, resulting in five students being hospitalized.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the candies were brought to Mulberry Middle School in Mulberry, Fla., by a 12-year-old 7th-grader, who proceeded to share with six other 7th-graders in gym class.
Deputies identified the candies as Green Hornet Fruit Punch Gummies, which contained 10 milligrams of THC each. The product is illegal in Florida. A photo of the package, shared by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, showed a warning on the back reading, “For medical use only. Keep out of reach of children and animals.”
All students are expected to be fine, but the boy who handed out the candy faces multiple felony charges, including possession of marijuana resin and paraphernalia, and distribution of marijuana near a school. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the boy wasn’t clear on how he obtained the candies.
On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the most "frightening" thing is that this candy was "packaged and marketed toward children."
"So what did we end up with? We ended up with six 12-year-old children who overdosed on Green Hornet gummies full of marijuana. That's right, they were stoned, they got very sick. Five of them were transported to the hospital by ambulance," Judd said.
He said if the product was meant for adults in jurisdictions that have legalized marijuana, then it should not be packaged for children.
Host Steve Doocy asked Judd if the boy knew that the gummies were laced with THC or if it was just an innocent mistake.
"No, it wasn't an accident at all. He knew exactly what it was," Judd said. "He's given us two or three stories about how he came upon this complete package, but he told another buddy, 'I'm taking it to school to sell it.'"
Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.