Long Story Short
A quinceañera party in San Francisco over the weekend got a little out of hand when guests were getting sick. After treating many of them in the hospital, authorities eventually figured out that partygoers accidentally ate cannabis gummies. Now they’re trying to figure out how so many edibles wound up at the party without anybody knowing about it.
Everything was going fine at the Bay Area party on Saturday until a little after 10:00 pm. That’s when a security guard working at the venue noticed people sweating, vomiting, and having trouble breathing.
When first responders showed up, they saw that many party guests were showing the classic signs of having a severe reaction to edible cannabis. Those symptoms include rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, nausea, lethargy, dizziness, and confusion.
By the end of the night, there was a total of 19 people who got sick after eating the gummy candies. Thirteen of them were between the ages of 6 and 18. Three minors, including a 9-year-old boy, ended up spending the weekend in intensive care units. By Monday, everyone was all right, and they were all released from the hospital.
While the sick party guests were being treated, officials tested their blood. They also tested the suspicious candies. When both the blood tests and the candy tests came back positive for THC, investigators concluded that the candies were marijuana edibles.
So far, nobody’s sure how the edibles ended up at the party. But investigators are now trying to figure that out. Authorities have not released the name of the catering company that provided food and snacks for the party.
Questions About The Safety Of Edibles
This story highlights a tension that has plagued the legal cannabis industry in recent years. Many people like to use edibles because it allows them to access the benefits of marijuana without having to inhale smoke.
But critics of legal marijuana have voiced concern that edibles look too much like candies that kids might eat by accident. Their concern is that kids will eat them without really knowing what they’re doing and then end up getting sick or hurt.
As more and more states consider legalizing cannabis, questions about the safety of edibles are becoming more important.
At the same time, the edibles market is becoming a large sector of the legal marijuana industry. Last year edibles accounted for roughly half of the $5.4 billion brought in by the legal marijuana industry.