Rowan Co. Sheriff warns of increase in marijuana edibles


ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Rowan County Sheriff’s Department is hoping to increase awareness on the influx of marijuana edibles illegally entering the community, according to The Morehead News. Edibles are food products infused with marijuana.

The warning comes after hundreds of dollars’ worth of edibles were found in a methamphetamine bust last week.

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The newspaper reports 24-year-old Sarah L. Matthews and 43-year-old Matthew Scott Coursin, both of Cranston Cemetery Road, were arrested for trafficking meth, possession of cocaine and marijuana, along with dozens of different types of edibles.

Sheriff Matt Sparks tells the paper they believe the edibles came from Denver, Colorado, where marijuana is legal. Officers suspect they were sent via a mailing service.

“This isn’t even close to the first time we’ve seen edible marijuana in our county, but it goes as a warning to show you exactly how much is out there,” said Sparks

The sheriff told The Morehead News his main concern is the way it’s marketed, “It says keep away from children, but is being sold in bright, creative packaging in forms of lollipops, granola bars, tarts, cookie dough, and others,” he said. “It can be deceiving to anyone.”

The edibles are labeled as having THC, the high-causing substance in marijuana, however, it is often very small.

Sparks has been on the record many times about being pro-marijuana if it’s in a liquid or pill administration form, if there’s medical value and can be regulated like pain medicine. However, using marijuana to ‘get high’ just doesn’t fly.

“You are always going to have a black market, but now that it’s legal in certain places the black market is growing and we are starting to see the dark side of it,” Sparks told the paper. “It’s now coming into our community and we want you all to be aware of it.”