Sylvia Rubio claims she just wanted to help her daughter with her anxiety.
The 38-year-old mother from Radium Springs, New Mexico, says she was advised by a homeopathic doctor to give her 13-year daughter marijuana filled gummies to assist with her anxiety.
This began in April 2017, when the doctor told her Tetrahydrocannabinol filled gummies would calm her daughter’s anxiousness. Consequently, in November, the principal found the child with infused-chocolate marijuana edibles on the school premises.
Rubio, the owner of a medical marijuana card and a personal production license, claims she did not give her daughter the chocolates, she insists that the child removed them from a cabinet at home without her permission.
In the state of New Mexico marijuana is legal for medical use but not for recreational.
The 13-year-old girl tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana which influences the drug’s “high” feeling. The principal contacted Child Protective Services about the matter.
The mother, Sylvia Rubio was arrested and charged on Tuesday with child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and distribution of marijuana to a minor. She has been remanded to the Doña Ana County Detention Center without bail.
Adolescents who consume marijuana have higher chance of failure
The American Psychiatric Association has reported that adolescents who use marijuana daily have higher failure rates, greater unemployment, and lower life satisfaction. Despite this, it has not been verified that marijuana use during adolescence affects the brain or if other drugs are to be blamed.
Recently, there have been numerous cases within the U.S.A and Europe of children having medical difficulties after the consumption of marijuana edibles, one of the children reported saying,
“I felt like the room was going to flip to the side.”