Warrington, United Kingdom
VIJAY SHAH via TOM WOOD/LADbible
Nurses at a hospital in the English county of Cheshire found themselves travelling a lot further than the canteen during their breaks after they endured the effects of eating a cake baked with cannabis brought into their workplace by a grateful grandfather by accident, LADbible reported yesterday.
The ward staff at Warrington Hospital, in the town of the same name located halfway between the UK cities of Liverpool and Manchester, were given slices of a red velvet cake brought in by the patient. However, the cake, made for the patient’s eighteen-year-old grandson’s birthday party, had a special extra ingredient included in its recipe: cannabis. The grandfather had chanced upon some leftovers of the cake from the party and decided to bring them to the hospital as a thank-you gift for his recent stay there.
The grandfather brought the cake to the hospital on the 27th of May, 2019, unaware of its high-inducing properties. Nurses helped themselves to slices and began allegedly experienced cannabis-related effects, with LADbible reported that they were left ‘off their faces’.
Warrington Hospital authorities initially claimed that no-one consumed the treat, but later admitted that at least one member of staff may have sampled it, but claimed that the employee did not experience any after-effects from eating it. However, an anonymous hospital employee claimed that three or four nurses ate the cake, and well left feeling out of it and relaxed shortly afterwards.
The staff member said: “They were eating the cake and then the next minute the staff were all off their faces.
“It was brought in by a nice old man as a thank you, but it was full of funny stuff and had them all relaxed.
“There was no impact on the patients whatsoever, but they all knew something was wrong, so the police were called in.”
After patients on the ward began expressing concerns about the nurses’ communal high, Cheshire police were called to the site and confiscated the cake. They tested the bakery item at their drugs laboratory and concluded that it was full of cannabis.
A police source said: “It was genuinely an error by all parties, even the person who put something in that he shouldn’t have because he didn’t know it was going to the hospital.
“Nobody knew that, and that’s why we’re not taking it any further.”
An official statement from Cheshire Police released to the press said: “Officers received a report on Monday 27 May that a cake which was suspected to contain drugs had been brought in by a member of the public and given to staff at Warrington Hospital.
“After an investigation, officers determined that the member of the public who had brought in the cake was unaware of the content of the cake as it had been left over from their grandson’s birthday party.
“Officers have now spoken to all parties involved and given some strong words of advice. The case has now been closed and the cake destroyed.”
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the hospital, ordered a 72-hour investigation into the circumstances surrounding the red-tinged ‘space cake’. A chief nurse working for the trust, Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson, commented: “A homemade cake was brought in to one of our wards in error by a patient’s family.
“The item was collected by Cheshire Police to be tested. An internal investigation has been undertaken and we can confirm that one member of staff tried the cake, but they did not experience any effects and there was no impact on our patients.”
While cannabis has now been legalised across many U.S. states and Canada, as well as in other parts of the world, in the U.K. it is a prohibited drug. Classified as a ‘Class B’ drug, cannabis is currently only permitted for certain medicinal purposes, and possession of cannabis can lead to a maximum sentence of five years’ jail time or an unlimited fine.
“Nurses ‘Off Their Faces’ After Granddad Brings Cannabis Cake Into Hospital” – Tom Wood, LADbible/LADbible Group (6 July 2019) http://www.ladbible.com/news/uk-granddad-brings-cannabis-cake-into-hospital-by-accident-20190705