Florida Wedding Guests Are Sickened by Marijuana in Food, Police Say

The bride and the wedding caterer have been charged with tampering with food and delivering ma**juana, according to the authorities in Seminole County.

Soon after a meal of meatballs, bread, tortellini and Caesar salad, the guests at the wedding of Andrew and Danya Svoboda began to feel strange, according to the authorities in Seminole County, Fla.
One man, an uncle of the groom visiting from Michigan, said he felt “tingly.” His heart raced and he was “having crazy thoughts,” the police said in an affidavit.

Another guest began feeling nauseated and dizzy even though she had drunk only one glass of red w*ne. Another woman said her heart felt like it was going to stop.
The guests at the Feb. 19 wedding soon learned that the food included ma**juana, according to an arrest affidavit written by Detective Daniel Anderson.

Ms. Svoboda, 42, of Longwood, Fla., and the caterer, Joycelyn Bryant, 31, have been charged with two f*lonies — food tampering and the delivery of ma**juana — and culpable negligence, a misdemeanor. They were arrested on Monday and will be arraigned in June. Ms. Svoboda and Ms. Bryant did not respond to messages for comment.
No lawyer was listed for Ms. Svoboda, according to court records in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in Seminole County. A lawyer listed for Ms. Bryant did not respond to a phone message or an email for comment.
The arrests, which were reported Wednesday by WESH-2, an NBC affiliate in Orlando, come as more states make ma**juana legal and as the House of Representatives passed legislation recently to decriminalize ma**juana at the federal level, an effort to capitalize on the political resonance of legalized ca**bis as an issue of economic growth and racial justice.

But the effects that the guests at the Florida wedding reported underscored warnings from some in the medical community about the potential d*ngers of ingesting or smoking ma**juana, which can include disorientation, vomiting and impaired driving as well as more serious health issues such as can*er and pregnancy problems.

The police said that several of the 50 guests at the wedding reported that they felt high after eating the food at the reception, which was held at a clubhouse in Longwood, a city of about 15,000 people 15 miles north of Orlando.

Source: nytimes.com

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