Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

North Carolina hospital employees fall sick from pot-laced candies

North Carolina hospital employees fall sick from pot-laced candies

Six hospital employees in Statesville, North Carolina, got sick after a co-worker brought baked goods containing cannabis oil to work, police told WSOC-TV.

Police said the hospital employees saw the baked goods in the hospital's kitchen after a co-worker's family member made them.

Police said, "Because the family member who baked the cookies didn't have drugs on them when questioned, a criminal charge would have been hard to prove in court".

Several workers at the medical center were accidentally served the marijuana baked goods. THC oil is a chemical compound that stands for delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol and is present in a pot. It was later revealed that a member of the worker's family had baked the candies using a cannabis-infused oil, however, they were not meant to be eaten by the staff at the hospital.

The higher the THC content, the stronger the effects on the brain. "Newly popular methods of using marijuana (e.g., dabbing, edibles) may deliver very high levels of THC to the user". The employee isn't facing charges. Because of that, officers said it would have been hard to prove a criminal charge in court.

Marijuana remains illegal in North Carolina, both medicinal and recreational.

At this time, it's not clear how many employees were affected but the hospital says no patient care was impacted.

Authorities said patient care was not compromised.

There have been several cases in the past when individuals became ill and were brought to the hospital after ingesting products that are laced with pot.

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