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Candies and home-baked goods are not allowed at Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia

Margaret Minnicks
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Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia has banned all candies and homemade baked goods from the school. This decision comes a month after four students ate edibles believed to contain THC. They went into medical distress in the middle of the school day.

The new policy means no homemade cookies, brownies, cakes, or Rice Krispy treats are allowed. According to a post from Armstrong High School, packaged chips and store-bought treats such as Little Debbie’s and Twinkies are allowed.

Popularity of edible hemp products

The policy comes as the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority says the popularity of edible hemp products skyrocketed recently.

Jeremy Preiss, acting head of the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority said:

“You can walk into convenience stores, gas stations, and these products are on shelves with potato chips, gum, soft drinks, and so that ease of accessibility is contributing to the problem, contributing to incidents like what we experienced at Armstrong High.”

Preiss added that the Virginia Cannabis Authority is working with the governor’s office and those involved with Virginia’s General Assembly to get stricter laws surrounding edibles in the coming legislative session. Since those laws would not go into effect until July of next year, the updated snack policy may be Armstong's only solution for the time being.

Not all parents agree with the ban

Some of the parents are finding fault with the new policy. Some think the ban is unfair to all of the kids who have been doing the right thing.

Here are some parents' reactions.

  • “They’ve gone about that the wrong way. It’s too wide of a broad thing to just say stop bringing baked goods. I think that’s kind of absurd.”
  • “What about kids who can’t afford the lunch from school? They have to bring their lunch, so then what, they can’t have lunch? Is the school gonna provide lunch free lunch for them because they can’t bring their lunch?”
  • “They need to find some other kind of way to maybe inspect their lunch or something like that.”

Armstrong’s principal is asking parents and caregivers to help when it comes to enforcing the new policy. Parents should oversee the items their children take to school because a lot of the packaging of edibles resembles other snacks.

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