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Student arrested for having marijuana candy at Wausau West


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- A new way to get high is popping up in our schools -- candy laced with marijuana. Authorities said it's a troubling new trend in area schools and it's a recipe for danger.

It looks like ordinary hard candy, but there's more than sugar mixed inside one creative concoction. There's also THC -- the main ingredient in marijuana.

"The officers found what appeared to be homemade candy," said Wausau Police Department Deputy Chief Bryan Hilts. "After doing some field testing on the candy, it was determined that it was positive for THC so it was marijuana candy."

Police dogs sniffed out a piece of candy from a car in the Wausau West High School parking lot on Friday. Authorities said they're no stranger to dangerous drugs with innocent-looking covers.

"There have been incidents where candies and things like that have been soaked in alcohol and then students consume the candy and they receive some of the effects of the alcohol as well," said Hilts.

"So many people think, it's just natural and it's an herb but it's more than that,' said AODA certified prevention specialist Sue Nowak. "And because of the strength of marijuana, it's really doing trauma to the brain as well as other organs in the developing body."

Wausau police officers arrested a 17-year-old student for having the drug-laced candy on school property. But investigators said they believe he bought it somewhere else. School leaders said it's the third time they've seen pot at Wausau schools this school year, which started only a month and a half ago.

"Kids are going to make mistakes and make poor decisions," said Wausau School District director of pupil services Jeff Lindell. "What we want to do is operate as a team with parents and administrators and the students themselves to try to get things moving in the right direction."

Health experts said the drug can do dangerous things to a growing body, especially with homemade recipes.

"You don't know exactly how much you're putting in your body," said Nowak. "And if you're making a food product yourself, the minute you heat the marijuana, it kind of changes the whole makeup of the marijuana."

School leaders said they're always on the lookout for the next big thing -- trying to keep students safe.

"It's getting harder and harder to get away with using drugs in this community," said Nowak. "I think that people are going to go into more depth to try to hide their usage."

According to the police report, the teen was taken to a juvenile facility.

Health experts said the best way to protect your children is by keeping the lines of communication open and watching out for unusual behavior. To find out more about drug abuse and how you can stop it, you can click on this link.

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