Branford Police Warn Parents to Be on the Lookout for Marijuana Edibles

Branford police are issuing a warning to parents in response to a drug arrest that involved marijuana edibles in packaging that may appeal to children and teens.

Police arrested 21-year-old Juan Rojas Friday after executing a search warrant and finding marijuana edibles and $10,000 in cash. The edibles were in the form of gummy bears and cookies and packaged in brightly colored bottles with names like “Monster Cookies” and “Scooby Snacks.”

“It’s critical for parents to understand the way the edible products are packaged, the amount of drugs they contain, how the drug is absorbed into the body, and how readily available they are to children and teens,” Branford police wrote in a Facebook post after the arrest.

Police cautioned that edibles can contain several times the recommended adult dose of THC and they can have serious side effects, particularly on children. Those side effects can include intoxication, altered perception, anxiety, panic, paranoia, dizziness, apnea, heart problems, and more, police said.

Rojas was charged with operating a drug factor, possession with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and risk o injury to a child. He was held on a $50,000 bond.

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