Reactions to marijuana-laced candies have recently spurred emergency room visits in New Jersey, according to an NJTV report.
In late March 2014, authorities in Ocean County smashed a drug ring that had been allegedly dealing marijuana candy, known as “Jollies.”
“It actually very closely resembles Jolly Ranchers. So our big concern is some young child might see that and take it,” Al Della Fave, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office communications director, tells NJTV.
Della Fave says the candy is “basically the equivalent from what [drug undercover officers] tell me of smoking 20 joints,” according to the report, which notes recent hospital visits:
According to New Jersey’s Poison Control Center, a 12-year-old in Rumson ate candy laced with marijuana and ended up in the ER.
And just this weekend a man and woman in their 20s called Poison Control in a panic. The hotline’s medical director says the callers reported that they’d eaten THC-laced gummies. The director says the couple also landed in the ER.
And in late April 2014, Ocean County authorities warned the public about an LSD-like drug that almost killed a Forked River teen.