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N.S. RCMP investigating after several people eat edibles-laced cake at school event

Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating after a THC-laced cake was consumed at a school event in Eskasoni, N.S.
Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating after a THC-laced cake was consumed at a school event in Eskasoni, N.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Nova Scotia RCMP say several adults and children in the area of Eskasoni, N.S., sought medical treatment after consuming a cake that is suspected to have been laced with THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis.

RCMP say that the incident occurred at a school in Eskasoni, located approximately 30 minutes south of Sydney, N.S., on Jan. 31.

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In a Facebook post, the Eskasoni School Board says that the edible cannabis — believed to be in a molasses cake — was served at the Eskasoni Immersion School’s midwinter feast.

“If you have digested food from this event, or brought [some] home from the event you should seek medical attention if necessary. If you have food from this event in your possession, please destroy it immediately,” the school board wrote in its Facebook post.
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Kate Augustine told The Canadian Press that her eight-year-old daughter ate a piece of cake and later complained about feeling ill.

“My daughter came home that night and she was very tired and she looked very pale,” said Augustine, who lives on the Eskasoni First Nation.

“I thought she had caught a virus … She said her eyes were sore and, after she went to bed, she was sweating all night … She was burning hot.”

Augustine said about 200 people attended the event, which was catered.

“My kids are usually hyper,” she said. “My (older) daughter was just sitting there, staring around.”

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The school has students from primary to Grade 4.

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“I wasn’t informed by teachers or staff about what happened,” Augustine said, adding that she learned about the cannabis problem when she talked to another parent on Saturday.

That’s when she took her daughter to the local emergency department, where the girl tested positive for THC.

On Sunday, the girl gave a statement to police, who later told Augustine that seven other people at the feast had tested positive for THC.

Augustine said her daughter was feeling fine by Sunday.

Police say a number of adults and children sought medical attention.

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The Mounties say they are investigating the incident and ask that anyone who became ill, whether they sought medical treatment or not, to call them at 902-379-2822.

Police are looking to determine the source of the THC.

With files from The Canadian Press