PORTLAND - At first glance, it looks like candy. But Gresham Police Officer Rick Blake says the pieces of green, skull-shaped sweets he recently seized from a student at a local high school are infused with marijuana.
“We haven’t experienced anything like this up until about a month ago,” Blake said. “Ever since then, it’s starting to increase in its popularity.”
The school resource officer said the so-called “weed candy” first popped up roughly a month ago. He said students are buying the drug for anywhere between $1 and $5 per piece, and taking it during class.
“They just sit and suck on it, they (students) said. And, the biggest thing they said is that it’s odorless, and having no odor they can sit in class and have this thing and by the end of class, they’re high,” Blake said.
Blake sent the first batch of suspected candy to the state crime lab for analysis and is waiting on the results. Police don’t know how potent each piece is or what else may be in it.
Blake fears that students who wouldn’t smoke marijuana may try the weed candy instead.
“I can definitely see it being a risk for younger kids just as inviting as it is,” Blake said. “It looks like a piece of candy.”
KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report