Sheriff warns parents after 2-year-old ate drug gummies

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An upstate sheriff issues a warning after children, including a 2-year-old, ate drug-containing gummies. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office notified parents and guardians on Tuesday after saying deputies have investigated three separate incidents so far this year involving minors ingesting THC gummies. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. MPs said in a statement. This is what makes people feel high when they use marijuana. Hemp naturally contains THC but must be below 0.3% to be considered hemp. In one case, the 2-year-old was treated and released from hospital. In the second incident, a 14-year-old also received medical attention, and in another case, a 15-year-old was reported to be paranoid and talkative after consuming a THC candy, officials said. legally buy gummies containing THC as long as they contain the threshold of 0.3% THC or less. Drug officers also said these products were available for purchase online. there is nothing in South Carolina law that prohibits a minor from purchasing gummies that contain a threshold of 0.30% THC or less. This is unfortunately an unintended consequence of our state’s legalization of hemp. There are no current regulations regarding these products. Law enforcement has to pay hundreds of dollars per test to have a private lab test the level of THC in these products because the state crime lab cannot test for THC levels in these types of products. . a much higher THC percentage than another in the same bag. Our narcotics agents also see these types of products being sold as vapes. We wanted to send this alert to parents and guardians so they can be aware of these products to ensure their children do not have them in their possession. I also ask business owners to consider removing these products from their stores that can make children sick. regulatory, THC levels vary. They also stated that the general side effects of these products can be anxiety, panic, body coordination and thinking, and hallucinations. In the two ongoing investigations, both minors were lethargic and the 14-year-old had slurred speech and was unbalanced. The statement referenced information from the state’s Division of Law Enforcement, saying that more than 50% of the tests they perform on these types of products contain more THC than the legal amount required to be classified as hemp.

An upstate sheriff issues a warning after children, including a 2-year-old, ate drug-containing gummies.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office notified parents and guardians on Tuesday after saying deputies have investigated three separate incidents so far this year involving minors ingesting THC gummies.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. MPs said in a statement. This is what makes people feel high when they use marijuana. Hemp naturally contains THC but must be below 0.3% to be considered hemp.

In one case, the 2-year-old was treated and released from hospital. In the second incident, a 14-year-old also received medical attention, and in another case, a 15-year-old was reported to be paranoid and talkative after consuming a THC candy, deputies said.

Officials said a minor can legally purchase gummies containing THC as long as they contain the threshold of 0.3% THC or less. Drug officers also said these products could be purchased online.

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw released this statement:

“Anyone under the age of 18 cannot legally buy cigarettes, or anyone under the age of 21 cannot legally buy alcohol in a store, however, nothing in South Carolina law does prohibits a minor from purchasing gummies containing at least a threshold below 0.30% THC. This is unfortunately an unintended consequence of our state’s legalization of hemp. There are no current regulations law enforcement must pay hundreds of dollars per test to have a private lab test the level of THC in these products due to the state crime lab not being able to test the THC levels in these types of products. Due to the lack of regulation, one candy can have a much higher THC percentage than another in the same bag. Our narcotics officers also see these types of products being sold as vapes. We wanted to See this alert to parents and guardians so they can be aware of these products to ensure their children do not have them in their possession. I am also asking tha t business owners to consider removing these products from their stores that can make children sick.”

Oconee County Narcotics reports that certain other products, such as vapes, oils, and lotions, contain threshold levels of THC, but due to lack of regulation, THC levels vary. They also stated that general side effects of these products can be anxiety, panic, body coordination, thinking, and hallucinations.

In the two ongoing investigations, both minors were lethargic and the 14-year-old had slurred speech and was unbalanced.

The statement referenced information from the State Law Enforcement Division, claiming that more than 50% of the tests they perform on these types of products contain more THC than the legal amount required to be classified as hemp.

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