May 11, 2021

Rapid City woman accused of allowing children to eat edibles

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City woman whose children were hospitalized after allegedly ingesting marijuana edibles she failed to secure is facing two charges, authorities announced Wednesday.

The 36-year-old woman is charged with felony drug possession and contributing to the abuse, neglect or delinquency of the minor, according to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. She faces up to six years in custody.

Authorities said the children, ages 10 and 11, showed up at school after taking the edibles on April 9. The drugs allegedly impaired their ability to walk and talk and led to hallucinations. A school police officer called for medical support and the children were hospitalized overnight for treatment, the Rapid City Journal reported.

The charges were announced the same day the South Dakota Supreme Court heard arguments about the lawsuit filed by Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom and another law enforcement official against Amendment A, which legalized recreational marijuana.