Italian toddler hospitalized after mistaking cannabis for chocolate

A 14-month-old boy is recovering in hospital in the town of Cerignola, southern Italy, after he accidentally ate cannabis, newspapers reported on Thursday.

Italian toddler hospitalized after mistaking cannabis for chocolate
To be fair, hash does look a lot like chocolate. Photo: rbspace/Depositphotos.

The boy was rushed to the emergency room on Friday night with difficulty breathing, the Corriere del Mezzogiorno said. The boy, whose condition was serious, is now said to be out of danger. 

He tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, TCH, the chemical compound in cannabis that causes its psychological effects.

His parents told police that their son probably ate a piece of hash – cannabis resin, which typically comes in a dark-brown block – believing it was chocolate.

Police have opened an investigation. Hash is illegal in Italy, as is marijuana, except for limited medical and religious use.

Despite that fact, some three million kilos of the drug are consumed in Italy each year.


Italian Eurovision winner tests negative for drugs

Damiano David, the frontman of Italy's Eurovision winners Maneskin, has passed a drug test he took on Monday to clear his name after speculation that he had snorted cocaine at the song contest's grand final.

Italian Eurovision winner tests negative for drugs
Damiano David of Maneskin performs at the Eurovision final. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

A drug test was “voluntarily undertaken earlier today by the lead singer of the band Måneskin which has returned a negative result seen by the EBU”, the European Broadcasting Union announced on Monday evening. 

“No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed,” the EBU said in a statement, adding that it had checked all available video footage as part of “a thorough review of the facts”.

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David, who was shown on camera leaning over a table backstage in what some speculated could be drug use, had strongly denied the allegations. 

He said the footage showed him sweeping up some glass broken by one of his bandmates.

Måneskin with their trophy after winning the final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: Sander Koning / ANP / AFP

There had been calls for “total transparency” from officials in France, which came a close second in the song contest, after the clip went viral following Saturday’s final in the Netherlands.

The French minister for Europe said that drug use should be grounds for disqualification, though the head of France’s public broadcasting group said they did not plan to challenge the result.

David told interviewers he was “really offended” by the speculation, which he said had marred Italy’s first Eurovision victory in 31 years.

“We are alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band,” the EBU said, adding that it was looking forward to “a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year”.