written by: @dawnnnyy_
Friday night, an 11-year-old and a 5-year-old were taken to a hospital after consuming a “medicated nerd rope.” The candy was being given out to families as part of a “food distribution effort from a church working with the Utah Food Bank.”
Three other children also consumed the candy but were not taken to the hospital.
Volunteers distributed more than 60 bags of the candy to families. Volunteers were trying a new delivery system to align with COVID-19 health precautions.
The label on the candy bags indicated that “each one contains 400 milligrams of THC.” According to Roy City Police, adults are normally prescribed between 15 to 45 milligrams of the psychoactive marijuana component.
Ginette Bott, president and CEO of the Utah Food Bank, sincerely apologized “to any families who may have received this product.”
Where the donation came from is unclear as of now. Though police are confident that it was not an international donation. Police sergeant, Matthew Gwynn told NBC News that it “appears to be an accident.”
The parent company of Nerds, Ferrara Candy Company, wants to “reassure consumers that Nerds products donated directly by the company … are safe to consume,” and the product was counterfeit.
Bott mentioned to the press that the Utah Food Bank is going through great lengths to ensure this never happens again.