Six young women in South Australia were hospitalised over the weekend after they ate cannabis cookies, got obscenely high, and passed out at a home during the state's lockdown.
Officers and South Australian Ambulance Service crews arrived at the Millicent home after one member of the group ate a cookie, became sick and called police for help at about 9.30pm Saturday.
Upon arrival, they discovered the remaining five women - aged between their late teens to mid 20s - unconscious after eating the sneaky treats.
They were all then taken to Millicent Hospital to be treated, with police later reporting a 24-year-old local man had been caught supplying a controlled drug after finding cannabis and associated equipment in his home nearby.
The police officer in charge of Limestone Coast Local Service Area, Superintendent Phil Hoff, called the situation 'alarming', saying that police would be scientifically analysing the cookies.
He said: "When five people lose consciousness because of something they've consumed it is alarming.
"Our priority was to establish if these cookies had been further distributed to ensure no-one else was at risk, thankfully it appears not.
"Illicit substances are illicit for a reason. This is a timely message to the community to make better choices."
The group were issued a caution for breaching Covid-19 restrictions which had lifted at midnight that night, as they had met prior to the lockdown being lifted.
Police have asked that if anyone has been also been affected by this drug or has any information in relation to this incident they are encouraged to contact the Police Assistance Line on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The incident comes following the leader of the Australian HEMP party Michael Balderstone discussing the the current climate in Australia at a cannabis summit, where he pointed out the health risks of keeping weed illegal.
He said: "Most of the pot in Australia on the street is grown by highly organised crime, full of chemicals, they don't really care about the health quality of the product."
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