BETHEL, Alaska — Watermelon, Lime or Pineapple? Bear-shaped jelly candy filled with fruity flavors are not cute anymore, at least to parents and authorities in Alaska’s Bethel.
A number of high school students at Bethel Regional High School were turned in by their parents on Dec. 6 for selling “marijuana oil laced gummy bears” to their classmates for five dollars each.
Superintendent Dan Walker said the incident involving the marijuana edibles took place last fall in September and October. Suspicion linked around the students urged local police to work closely with the Lower Kuskokwim School District and their parents.
Walker did not identify the students, neither told media what actions were taken towards to students. He only said the Juvenile Justice Division and the District Attorney’s Office now hold responsibility on the matter.
The Lower Kuskokwim School District Safety Coordinator, Perry Barr, showed his concerns regarding the high dose of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the active chemical responsible for the majority of marijuana’s psychedelic effects.
“The dangerous thing about that is you don’t know the potency of the THC that’s in the gummy bears,” Barr told KYUK-AM. “Since Alaska legalized marijuana, they also legalized edibles. So marijuana, or the THC, is coming in many different forms. Unfortunately, some of those forms are in candy.”
The School District’s policy includes educating the students on drugs and alcohol and offering them treatment health care, Barr said.