Great Mills Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment After Five Spring Ridge Middle School Students Overdose on THC-Laden Candy

January 22, 2018

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, Corporal Hartzell of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office investigated a suspected drug overdose involving five Spring Ridge Middle School students in Lexington Park.

After conferring with school staff and witnesses, it was determined the five students ingested edible gummy candy suspected of containing the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (known as “THC”), and another major cannabis ingredient, cannabidiol (known as CBD). Both THC and CBD are considered Schedule I drugs by the federal government.

The students were transported to the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital to receive treatment.

After interviewing all relevant parties, police interrogated Owusu S. Kanipe, 46, of Great Mills, the father of the female student who brought the tainted candies to school. Kanipe admitted the edible gummy candy belonged to him and that the candies were given to him by an associate who came to his house for a party. Kanipe told police he placed the candies on  top of a dorm refrigerator in his bedroom, citing knowledge that his daughter had been entering his bedroom without his permission and taking things.

Police concluded Kanipe left the THC and CBD-laden edibles in a place that a juvenile could easily access. Kanipe’s juvenile daughter was then able to obtain the candies, take them to school, and distribute them to her classmates. Those juveniles then consumed the edible gummy candy, which caused a reaction requiring medical treatment.

Police charged Owusu with one count of misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

Kanipe is due in St. Mary’s County District court on March 2, 2018, for a preliminary hearing.

17 Responses to Great Mills Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment After Five Spring Ridge Middle School Students Overdose on THC-Laden Candy

  1. Anonymous on January 22, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Figured this would happen. I am all for marijuana legalization but it does present an interesting problem. Something as small as a gummy bear can get someone really high with no odor so it makes it easier for kids to sneak into schools. Much easier then a bottle of alcohol. I have a feeling that the edibles will go the way of candy cigarettes and Beedi’s if weed is legalized. We all know not every parent who uses the edibles will be responsible enough to lock it up so their kids won’t get to it. Case in point is this article, and it isn’t even legal here yet.

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2018 at 7:42 am

      MS hasn’t legalized thc edibles and the dispensary in Mechanicsville tells everyone that. Gummies included for its dispensaries. They said it was too appealing to kids. Also, CBS has no psychoactive effect at all and it’s sold over the counter. The person who originally had the gummy candy had to have gotten them from a different place. Maybe D.C..

  2. Candy Man on January 22, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Hey how about an address, website, or phone number where we can order some of these gummies?

    • Anonymous on January 22, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      Dc is faster

  3. Jeff Spicoli on January 22, 2018 at 9:31 am

    I bet the people that think weed/THC should be illegal feel dumb right about now.

  4. Big Dookie (Genuine) on January 22, 2018 at 10:09 am

    The fact that this idiot has a dorm fridge in his bedroom should tell the rest of us how responsible he is in the real world.

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2018 at 5:45 am

      You’re an idiot, and that makes no sense.

      • Big Dookie (Genuine) on January 24, 2018 at 5:03 am

        Really? The dude is 46 and has a dorm fridge in his room. That doesn’t strike you as laziness or weird?

        • Anonymous on January 25, 2018 at 10:42 pm

          Not at all. Why am I gonna walk all the way downstairs to my kitchen to grab another beer.

  5. thcsmart on January 22, 2018 at 10:59 am

    You cant overdose on THC dumbasses.

  6. Anonymous on January 22, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Overdosed on THC? I thought mary jane was the safe drug and no one ever dies or gets sick from it.

  7. TellItLikeItIs on January 22, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Something is rotten here. That girl is not totally innocent. She knew there was THC in those gummies. Why on earth would an older middle school kid take gummy candy from their parent’s room unless they knew what was in it?

    Both the dad and the kid should be charged!

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      You shouldn’t speak unless you know what you’re talking about. I’m an adult and have been known to have a snack or two while laying in bed (no drugs, just actual snacks). My kids wouldn’t think anything was weird about that. That also wouldn’t hesitate to take those snacks.

  8. Anonymous on January 22, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Lol please tell me what’s the “medical treatment” for an “overdose” on THC is? A bag of chips!

  9. Mike on January 23, 2018 at 8:17 am

    CBD isn’t a schedule 1 substance. And technically one can “overdose” on THC but that just means they are feeling too intoxicated, doesn’t mean they require hospitalization however. They probably just sent them to the hospital as a safety precaution.

  10. Anonymous on January 24, 2018 at 5:30 am

    What’s next fetynel lollipops? Get it together St. Mary’s trash.

    • Anonymous on January 25, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      The fact you associate fentanyl with some harmless pot shows how sheltered and clueless you are.