Last week, the First Baptist Church of Roy, a food bank partner agency, distributed 63 bags of food to 63 families at a church distribution point. The bags contained Nerds Rope candy infused with a high dose of THC, Roy City Police said on Facebook.
Police said they thought each bag of food contained three to four packages of candy and that each family received a bag. Law enforcement and the Utah Food Bank are reaching out to families who may have received the candy. They don’t know where it came from yet.
According to photos shared by the Roy City Police Service, the candy packages were labeled as “Cord of Medicated Nerds” and contained 400 mg of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana that makes people feel high.
Under Colorado law, a single, standardized serving of THC consists of 10 milligrams.
So far, five children have been affected by the incident, Bott told CNN.
An 11-year-old girl and a 5-year-old girl were taken to the local hospital after inadvertently consuming the candy, while three others had access in one way or another, she said. .
Bott said the 5-year-old girl was released from the hospital on Saturday morning, but did not know the status of the 11-year-old girl.
The Primary Children’s Medical Center declined to comment, citing patient privacy laws.
“We hope there will be no more candy,” said Bott. “We are trying this morning to go back over the million pounds of food we have received this month and trace what we can. “
Feeding America, of which Utah Food Bank is a member, contacted food banks across the country to advise them of the identification of other THC-infused candies and the prevention of similar incidents in the future.
Utah Food Bank distributed 45.7 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 38 million meals, to people across the state last year, according to its website.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated which organization had distributed the tainted candy and which group had contacted other food banks across the country.
CNN Andy Rose contributed to this report.