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Hotel workers ate chocolate left behind by guests. But it wasn’t regular candy, Vermont police say

Shelburne, Vermont police say two hotel workers became ill after mistakenly eating marijuana edibles that looked like chocolate candy (not the candy pictured).
Shelburne, Vermont police say two hotel workers became ill after mistakenly eating marijuana edibles that looked like chocolate candy (not the candy pictured). AP Photo/Stephanie Nano

Employees at a Vermont hotel helped themselves to what looked like a sweet treat — and ended up ingesting drugs, officials said.

Two California guests at the Inn at Shelburne Farms didn’t want to take the chocolate with them, so they left it behind Wednesday morning, Shelburne News reported. Two hotel workers ate the chocolate after finding it in a box labeled “salted caramel chocolates,” according to the Burlington Free Press. The chocolate looked like "Whoppers” (malted milk balls), police said, per the newspaper.

Then the women became ill, authorities said. One of them was found lying in the hotel parking lot, Vermont Public Radio reported. They were both taken to a Burlington hospital, the radio station said. Authorities haven’t commented on the workers’ current conditions.

“They certainly weren’t in any shape to work,” Officer Joshua Flore told the Burlington Free Press.

An investigation discovered that what looked like “Whoppers” was actually marijuana edibles, the Shelburne News reported. The workers had eaten one chocolate each, the newspaper said.

Police contacted the guests, who cooperated with authorities, according to the newspaper. They won’t face any criminal charges, VPR reported.

The hotel said it hopes the employees “will make a full recovery soon,” the Free Press reported.

“We are doing our best to be careful about protecting the privacy of our employees,” the statement said.

Marijuana will soon become legal in Vermont, according to the Free Press. But adults 21 and over won't be allowed to possess more than one ounce of marijuana when the law takes effect July 1, Flore said, per the Shelburne News.

Authorities are urging people with edibles to make sure the drugs are kept from children and people who might not know what they are, Vermont Public Radio reported.

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