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‘It turns out the chocolate contained marijuana’: Family hospitalised after prank goes wrong

The woman said they later found out one of the family members, a man in his late 20s, had put chocolate which contained marijuana into the cake because he “thought it would liven up the family birthday party”.

He said he had sourced the edibles from “a mate who gets it in the US”.

“The effect was not immediate which I now know is the case with edibles. I’ve learned all about marijuana and edibles. Within an hour I was experiencing throat swelling and dizziness, within three hours myself and four other family members were hospitalised with overdose.”

The woman, in her 50s, was given adrenaline and had to be treated for anaphylaxis.

“Apparently, I’m allergic to cannabis or whatever it was in that very high dose.”

Three other people at the party had “really nasty vomiting”, including the woman’s parents who are aged in their 80s.

“One was vomiting, the other had an extremely high heart rate,” she said.

“We were all terrified because we didn’t know for some hours what was going on.

An ambulance was called and four people were hospitalised.

“[The hospital staff] were frustrated because we were all talking nonsense. Everyone who was at the event was calling one another and we didn’t really know we were high.”

Several hours later, the family member who had laced the cake confessed.

“The prankster fessed up which was great, in the end, as we were able to pass the information onto the hospital and the ambulance.”

The family were told not to drive for 24 hours, but the woman said it affected her for at least three days. She and her partner took a few days off work to recover.

“My point is we don’t know the quantities in it. It’s very unusual to have such severe reactions and no one ate a lot of chocolate, it was just sprinkled over the dessert.”

Simone is a breaking news reporter for The Age. Most recently she covered breaking news for The Australian in Melbourne.

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