Authorities: Marijuana candy may be to blame for illnesses at Mission party (updated)

Gummy Ring from 8 6 16 event

A photo of the gummy candy [Courtesy of the San Francisco Department of Public Health]

UPDATE 3:10 p.m.: A health department official said the candies were tested this morning and found to contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

ORIGINAL POST: More than a dozen partygoers sickened while attending a Quinceañera in the Mission Saturday night ate may have eaten pot candy, authorities said.

While final test results on the gummy candy rings are not yet in, 12 of the 19 people who were transported to hospitals from the event tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to Rachael Kagan, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

“Anyone who attended the Quinceañera and may have taken some of the gummy rings is urged to discard them immediately,” Health Office Dr. Tomas Aragon said in a prepared statement. “If they are sickened, they should report to the California Poison Control Center for advice. If they are feeling severely ill, they should call 911.”

Authorities were called to the Women’s Building at 3453 18th St. around 11:20 p.m. on Saturday after partygoers complained of dizziness, heart palpitations, nausea, confusion and other symptoms consistent with ingesting marijuana, Kagan said. Thirteen of the patients were 18 or under; the youngest was six years old. As of this morning, all of the 19 patients had been discharged from area hospitals.

The party was catered by a company based in Oakland and the Alameda County Department of Public Health is investigating, Kagan said.

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