A 23-year-old man from Lakeville was arrested on Feb. 2, 2018, with about 100 pounds of marijuana gummies. According to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, thousands of candy-like gummies laced with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) were found in Austin James Hagen’s vehicle who was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell. THC is the main ingredient in marijuana that induces psychoactive changes in the body, leading to addiction to the drug.
According to a criminal complaint against Hagen, his vehicle was stopped for equipment violation. During interrogation, a police officer smelt marijuana in the vehicle. After a thorough search, authorities found a duffel bag containing eight bins of gummies weighing more than 99 pounds. Talking about the edible form of marijuana, Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom called it a matter of “great concern” as they were manufactured with varying levels of THC. “When products are shaped like candy, there is not only a greater concern of possible overdose, there is also the concern that children will accidentally ingest them,” Backstrom said.
This was the second drug bust in a week in Lakeville. On Jan. 31, 2018, Brian David Hiltner, 28, was charged with drug-related crimes after 50 pounds of marijuana, concealed in14 gallon-sized plastic bags, were found with him. Later, a search of his residence revealed 183 bags with about 1 pound of weed in each. Besides, THC-laced edible gummies and containers of THC concentrate in wax form were also recovered from the house.
Caution needed with marijuana-laced gummies
A word of caution needs to be instilled in parents to prevent any mishap. The marijuana-laced gummy bears look no different from the normal ones – cute and inviting. They could be the perfect way to get the young and innocent children introduced to the world of marijuana. It takes a little longer for edibles, laced with marijuana, to show its effect. Hence, it is very likely for a person to have too much of such gummies before the effects start showing.
Marijuana may have some medicinal benefits, but there is no denying the fact that it is a highly addictive substance. That’s why it has been classified as a Schedule I drug under the federal law. Marijuana is one of the most abused substances in America, and used by both teens as well as adults. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 24 million Americans aged 12 or older in 2016 were current cannabis users. However, the good thing is that addiction to marijuana can be treated with timely medical intervention. If you have a loved one addicted to marijuana, encourage him/her to seek immediate help from a credible rehab.
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