Two children were hospitalized, with reports that one hallucinated, after allegedly eating a cannabis-laced brownie at a local cafe in Western Australia, leading to charges for the cafe’s owner.
Perth council has charged the owner of Bada Bing cafe in the city with selling “unsuitable food” after brownies at the cafe tested positive for THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis.
A Perth family, whose surname was not disclosed, had breakfast at the cafe in early March when the mother, Sharon, her five-year-old daughter, Emily, and three-year-old son, Thomas, all ate part of the same brownie sold by the cafe, according to ABC Radio.
After breakfast, the daughter began to tell her father, Michael, that she was seeing things that weren’t there. The mother says her heart was racing, and the son began to become drowsy.
“It progressed really quickly, it went from ‘I’m seeing bizarre colours’ to losing her short-term memory, really intense fear, disorientation, it was really quite extreme,” Sharon told ABC Radio.
The father recollected the child saying her “eyes are going,” “everything’s jumping,” and “the walls are different colours, it’s pink, it’s blue.”
“The last one, which really scared me actually, was ‘my vision’s coming and going, I can’t see anything,’” Michael told ABC Radio.
“At that point, the only thing I could think of was it was something going on with the brain, you know, a bleed or something really serious.”
The children were rushed to a hospital, and soon the mother began feeling similar symptoms.
The mother and two children’s urine tests were positive for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component of cannabis.
The cafe says that the news is a “total shock.”
“It came as a total shock to us that a Perth family is alleging that they became ill after eating at our cafe,” a representative from Bada Bing Cafe said in a statement. “We, of course, have and continue to fully investigate this allegation.”
The father went back to the cafe afterwards and bought another brownie, which he gave to the police for testing. The City of Stirling, which handles food quality legislation, said that one brownie submitted had traces of THC and another had the presence of cannabinoids.
The cafe’s owner, Nathan Sharp, has since been charged with two counts of selling unsuitable food, which can carry a fine of up to $40,000 for an individual.
The city says they believe it was an isolated incident and that a thorough investigation was carried out.
Edibles will be legally sold in Canada by mid-December with tight regulations over how they can be marketed and packaged. Regulations assert that they cannot be appealing to children at all, potentially ruling out some products such as cannabis gummy bears.