SAN FRANCISCO — Gummy candy that sickened nearly two dozen people, including children, at a quinceañera in San Francisco over the weekend is believed to have contained edible marijuana, health officials confirmed Monday.
All of the 19 patients who were taken to hospitals Saturday night after eating the gummy ring candies have been discharged as of Monday morning, according to health officials.
The patients — 13 of whom are between 6 and 18 years old — suffered from symptoms similar to the effects of edible cannabis, including rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, dilated pupils, dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, lethargy and confusion, after eating candy at the party at the Women’s Building on 18th Street.
Final lab results weren’t available Monday, but officials say some of the hospitalized patients tested positive for THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
San Francisco’s health officer, Dr. Tomas Aragon says officials don’t know where the candies came from.
The quinceañera celebration was hosted by a company in Oakland, California. In Latin cultures, a quinceañera marks a girl’s coming of age when she turns 15.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.