ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Spring Valley father was arrested Sunday after doctors at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern called the police to report the man's 10-year-old son had eaten cannabis-laced gummy candy.
The boy ate at least one piece of candy, possibly more, containing 25 mg of THC, the chemical responsible for the psychological effects of marijuana, Ramapo Police Det. Lt. Mark Emma said.
Emma said the boy's father, Ephraim Zagelbaum, 37, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child for leaving the boy alone in a car with access to the candy.
The boy was treated and later released, Emma said.
The gummy candy package, called FlavRX, contained 10 pieces of "pink lemonade belts" infused with medical marijuana, police said.
The package warns the candies contain medical cannabis and should be kept out of the reach of children and animals.
Emma said the package was taken into evidence for testing and weighing pending additional possession charges.
"Marijuana comes in many forms," Emma said. "Just as any other drug, prescribed or not, there are precautions that must be taken to protect others, especially young children."
The father was released on his own recognizance.