Note to all edible bakers: Clearly label your infused creations, and triple check any food item you intend to bring to the workplace.
In December, a 58-year-old man in New Zealand brought a cannabis-infused cake to his job at a heavy machinery shop, and his workmates dug in without realizing they had more than just a sugar high in their immediate future. Like on election night when everyone realized Trump just won the presidency, reality eventually kicked in and the co-workers started to freak the fuck out. Emergency services were called, and eight people were rushed to the hospital via three ambulances. One co-worker believed the cake had triggered a heart attack.
The highs eventually wore off, and everyone was fine, except for the man who brought the cake.
A decade earlier, Graham Jones had cancer surgery that resulted in the removal of his tongue and teeth, and he started consuming cannabis as a way to manage the ongoing chronic pain. When the police investigated his home, they found that he was growing cannabis for personal use. The charges against him included poisoning his workmates and cannabis cultivation, and the judge recently sentenced him to 22 months in prison. All this despite the fact that all the "poisoned" co-workers reached for comment said they refused to pursue restorative justice against Jones.
And there's a twist. In one of the more interesting comments made from the bench, the judge said, "It is a normal thing for people to bring cakes to work and for other people to eat them." This makes it sound like Jones did not bring the cake to share, but his co-workers helped themselves anyway.
In other Kiwi news, a recent poll found that 67 percent of New Zealanders expressed support for personal possession, 61 percent support for home cultivation, and 87 percent support for the right to consume cannabis for pain relief. These numbers make it sound like Jones might've benefited from a jury.