Pot brownies at North Okanagan high school weren't laced, 'just very, very powerful'

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ARMSTRONG - A person who claims to have first-hand knowledge of a pot-related incident at a North Okanagan high school says the marijuana wasn’t laced with anything, they were just “really killer brownies.”

The individual contacted iNFOnews.ca about the Oct. 12, 2016 incident at Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong to say the situation was blown out of proportion by school officials. We agreed to keep his identity confidential because he is a minor.

“One of my friends made a really killer batch of brownies,” he says, and a Grade 9 student consumed one.

That student split the brownie with another youth, and both passed out, the individual says.

The RCMP reported five students consumed the brownies, and one had to be taken to hospital. The principal, in a letter home to parents, said some of the students experienced ‘severe reactions’ leading school officials to believe strongly that the marijuana was mixed with something else. The school says it was informed by police that some of the illegal drugs circulating and being mixed with marijuana are crystal meth, ecstasy (MDMA) and fentanyl, although the RCMP has not issued any public warnings to that effect.

Police have been unable to test the marijuana, because there was none left. They are waiting for results from some of the kids who went to hospital.

The individual who reached out to iNFOnews.ca says the pot brownies were made with cannabis butter.

“I know there was nothing bad in the brownies…. It was just very, very powerful weed,” he says. “It was insane… holy, wow.”

He says the recipe called for a quarter of the block of butter, but instead the person who made it used the whole thing.

He admits there is a risk when you buy drugs off the street, and not from a dispensary, that you might not know what you’re getting.

“There’s always the possibility, if you’re just getting it off the street somewhere that it could be laced. That’s possible. That’s why it’s dangerous.”

The school is encouraging parents to talk to their kids about drugs, and make sure they know the risks.

“This incident made all of us at PVSS aware that we, as a community (parents/guardians, school, community), need to continue providing students with as much knowledge as possible so that they can make good and healthy decisions in the future,” principal Abbas El Gazzar said.

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