9 students at Commerce City middle school taken to hospital after ingesting marijuana edibles


COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (KDVR) — Eleven middle school students at Adams City Middle School in Commerce City consumed THC on Monday, sparking a criminal investigation, officials said. Most of the students were sent to a hospital.

A spokesman for Adams 14 School District said the affected students were disoriented and vomiting. School officials called for emergency services shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Eleven students consumed what officials describe as marijuana-infused candy.

Nine of the 11 students were put on ambulances and taken to a hospital for observation. Two were well enough to be released to their parents.

“No one was, at any time, in any life-threatening danger,” said district spokesman John Poynton.

Experts say youth THC use remains flat. But for children who do use marijuana, surveys show more are turning to edibles.

“When you take high-THC marijuana-concentrated oil and you combine that with candy, you’re asking for trouble,” said Henny Lasley with Smart Colorado.

Smart Colorado is an advocacy group for children. It was created following marijuana legalization in Colorado.

“It’s important that kids know that not everyone is using marijuana,” Lasley said. “Oftentimes, children think, ‘Everyone’s doing it, so I should too.’”

Adams City Middle School parents were required to pick up their children on Monday. The school says it was concerned of delayed THC reactions for students who may have consumed the edibles but did not admit it.

Commerce City police say a criminal investigation is ongoing with the possibility of adults being charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.