Numerous Jamaican Schoolchildren Hospitalized Following Consumption of Cannabis Candy

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On Monday, over 60 elementary school students in Jamaica were hospitalized after inadvertently consuming candy containing cannabis, as reported by authorities.

None of the children, aged between 7 and 12, appeared to have life-threatening injuries, Education and Youth Minister Fayval Williams said, citing doctors.

She said in a release Monday that the candy caused the children to “vomit and hallucinate,” adding that some were put on intravenous drips.

“More than 60 elementary school children had to be taken to the hospital. Parents please beware!” . Williams wrote.” One little boy said he only had one little sweetheart. That is the power of this product.”

The minister also said on X that she went to the hospital where the children were treated and that “doctors and nurses are doing everything they can to make sure the students recover.”

Williams posted a photo of the candy, which comes in a rainbow-colored package.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, the product contains delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive substance found in the marijuana plant, and “marijuana and cannabis are two varieties of the cannabis plant”.

Numerous Jamaican Schoolchildren Hospitalized Following Consumption of Cannabis Candy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the substance has “psychoactive and narcotic effects.”

The Secretary also included a photograph of the candy package, the back of which shows the government’s warnings, “Keep out of reach of children” and “Not for use by persons under 21 years of age.”

The packaging indicated that the product had not received FDA approval. In 2015, Jamaica decriminalized cannabis for individuals aged 18 and older, reducing possession of 2 ounces (56 grams) or less to a minor offense.

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