A Bong, A Vest, A Torch: JPD Busts Dispensary Parties, Contraband

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An array of edibles, marijuana, ecstasy, a bong, a ballistic vest, a vacuum sealer and $3,000 in cash sat on a table inside the Jackson Police Department Headquarters. At a July 15 Jackson Police Department press conference, JPD Public Information Officer Sam Brown said officers got information about a gathering in the 2800 block of Woodside Drive on July 12 and confiscated these items.

"At the party, various edible items that contained cannabis was being served and possibly sold at that location," he said.

Brown said the "dispensary party" is a new local trend. He wanted to warn the public about foods that may contain cannabis, he said, especially parents so they could be careful when their kids go to parties.

"We don't know exactly what else is in it. It could be any type of chemical involved," Brown said. "Some of this stuff could be deadly, and we just don't know. You're eating these things, and your body could have an allergic reaction to something."

Brown said he has never seen a party of this event's magnitude. Dispensary parties normally happen in states where marijuana is legal; however, it is not legal in Mississippi, he said. "It appears that some individuals leave the state, they purchase these things, and they bring them back to possibly sell them and make a profit," he said.

Officers detained 15 people and arrested five of them for possession of ecstasy and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is not sure how much jail time the individuals will receive because the investigation is still ongoing.

In Mississippi, the penalties for possession of marijuana range from a $100 fine for up to 30 grams of marijuana to 10 to -30 years in jail and a $1,000,000 fine for five or more kilograms of marijuana.

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