Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2011-03-01 "Marijuana cookie given to fifth-graders is linked to Vallejo gas station clerk; Police looking for customer who allegedly passed it to clerk" by Lanz Christian Banes from "Vallejo Times-Herald" newspaper
Vallejo police have traced a marijuana-laced cookie that sickened several local elementary school students Monday to Calco Mart and Gas.
The clerk from the gas station and convenience store at 200 Maine St. told investigators that a regular customer gave him the two ginger snaps cookies that he then passed on to a Grace Patterson Elementary School fifth-grader, Sgt. Jeff Bassett said in a statement.
The fifth-grader made regular stops to the convenience store, and the clerk would give him small food items, Bassett said.
The fifth-grader then shared one of the cookies with three other students at lunch Monday, not knowing it was laced with marijuana, Vallejo City Unified School District spokesperson Tish Busselle said.
Three students were taken to Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center and released Monday evening. All four were OK as of Tuesday, Busselle said.
The Vallejo Police Department said at least six students may have eaten the cookie, though Busselle said the district has only identified those four.
The clerk at the convenience store told police he did not know the cookies, which were individually packaged, had marijuana, Bassett said. The packages were not clearly marked, Bassett said.
A Patterson Elementary teacher discovered the cookies were laced with marijuana after she read the label of the uneaten cookie when her students became sick.
The silver package, branded Auntie's Edibles, has a cartoon image of a blonde, motherly woman holding a tray of cookies in oven mitts.
A search of Auntie's Edibles yielded a Facebook page, describing the company as a Colorado-based group specializing in "delectable edibles."
The cookies' ingredients are listed as sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, cannabis butter, whole eggs, organic flour, ground ginger, vanilla beans, baking soda and sea salt.
The label also has a red stripe with the word "sativa," a reference to the marijuana plant. The notation "6X" is highlighted in a blue star, followed by a fine-print description that reads, "This package contains 6 doses of medicine. Each dose consists of .6g of cannabis."
It also includes a red print warning of the plant's medical cannabis content and that the product should be kept "out of reach of children and pets."
The clerk also was unable to identify the customer who gave him the cookies, Bassett said. The clerk had not been arrested as of Tuesday afternoon.
The police department has a portion of one of the cookies and both packages, Bassett said.
Anyone with information can call investigators at (800) 488-9383 or leave an anonymous message on the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (707) 644-STOP (7867).

Vallejo police release Tuesday a photo of the packaged marijuana-laced ginger snaps that sickened at least four Grace Patterson Elementary fifth-graders earlier this week. (Courtesy of the Vallejo Police Department)

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