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police investigate pot laced cookies

Monday, January 29, 2018 15:20 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A nursing home resident claims the marijuana tainted Oreo cookies taken from him by police were for medicinal purposes.

According to police, he also said the cookies were from Michigan which allows medical marijuana but since Indiana doesn't the man could possibly face charges.

LaPorte Police Capt. Bill Degnegaard said the case was given to the LaPorte County Drug Task Force to further look into.

According to police, an officer responded Thursday to Golden Living Center at 1900 Andrew Ave. after the man offered staff members some of the cookies.

Degnegaard said a green spot in the cream filling later tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

The wheelchair bound man with multiple sclerosis told investigators he eats the cookies to help with pain, police said.

He said the cookies were from Michigan but he would not reveal who brought them to him.

About 20 cookies were seized and like any other illegal drug were destroyed, police said.

''We're just following protocol,'' he said.

Degnegaard said any arrest in the case will hinge on the findings of the investigation which will focus on things like identifying the source of the cookies.

Even if they originated in Michigan, he said the cookies are illegal to have in states that don't permit the use of marijuana as medicine.

''They were brought to the state of Indiana. We do not have medical marijuana at this time,'' Degnegaard said.