Two children sickened by THC-infused candy received from food bank

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UPDATE: In addition to an 11-year-old girl, Roy City Police say a five-year-old was also sickened by THC-infused “Medicated Nerds” candy received from the Utah Food Bank. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

“From what I understand each rope was 400 milligrams each,” said Patrol Officer Josh Taylor. “I don’t know a whole lot about dosages, but from what I understand a normal dose for a normal user is around five to 20 milligrams.”

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ROY, Utah (ABC4 News) A child is being treated at a Utah hospital after police said she ate THC-infused candy. THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects.

Roy City police said an 11-year-old girl received the candy at a Utah Food Bank distribution point at Roy Baptist Church Friday.

Sixty-three bags of food were distributed to 63 families that police later confirmed contained “Medicated Nerds” rope candy infused with THC, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

Police believe three to four ropes were placed in each bag of food, and each family that picked up a bag received only one bag.

“Once it was determined that the candy was inadvertently placed in the bags being distributed it was removed from the bags that had not yet gone out,” police said.

Police and Utah Food Bank representatives said this location was the only location that received and distributed the candy.

“We are absolutely horrified that this product went out to any of our partner agencies, and can easily see how volunteers would not have known what to look for. We apologize to any families who may have received this product and are changing our processes involving such donations immediately to avoid this happening again,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank President & CEO in a statement.

Police ask that if you picked up a bag of food from the Roy Baptist Church and it contained the candy, you call the police department at 801-629-8221, and an officer will respond to collect it.

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