It's official: 'Ayurvedic' candy has marijuana

Published: 08th July 2016 04:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2016 04:53 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Now, it’s official. The laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of marijuana in the product which was sold to school students under the Ayurvedic medicine label ‘Tharang’ at Tondiarpet. 

A 14-year-old boy studying in the Corporation Higher Secondary School in North Chennai recently fell unconscious after consuming the product brought from a petty shop, located close to his school, along with his friends.

The boy, who has a medical history of seizures, is likely to be discharged in one or two days, said a senior doctor at the Institute of Child Health (ICH) in Egmore, where the boy was admitted for treatment on June 29. “Wr conducted blood test, but the  results are yet to come. However, we treated the patient symptomatically, and he is doing well now,” the doctor added.

“Contrary to the claim of an Ayurvedic drug, the lab test now revealed that it was actually containing refined tobacco ‘Cannabis Sativa’. However, the quantum of the drug in the product couldn’t be determined as there was no facility to do marker test in the State,” said the doctor.

Tamilisai asks govt to take action on narcotics sale

BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday threatened to launch a massive agitation if the State government failed to eliminate the prevalence of narcotic substances and to punish those response for the availability of such materials.

In a statement issued after calling on the Class IX student who was affected by narco chocolates, Tamilisai said that by an effective treatment, the student’s life had been saved. 

The seizures of huge quantity of narcotic substances during the past few days had shocked everyone, Tamilisai said and added that the State government should ruthlessly punish anti-social elements who sold  narcotic substances.

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