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Florida bride, caterer accused of serving marijuana-laced food at wedding

The bride and the caterer were arrested on charges of tampering. The guests, some of whom got sick, were not told in advance.
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A Florida bride and a caterer have been arrested on charges of serving food containing marijuana to unsuspecting guests at a February wedding, according to officials.

The bride, 42, and the caterer, 31, were arrested this week on charges of violations of an anti-tampering law and delivery of cannabis, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department and court records.

County firefighters and deputies responded to the Feb. 19 event at a clubhouse in Longwood after guests reported getting sick or feeling strange, according to law enforcement affidavits filed in the case.

A wedding guest is taken to a waiting ambulance.
A wedding guest is taken to a waiting ambulance.Seminole Sheriff

Some people felt so ill that they went to the hospital, where they tested positive for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Guests reported feeling heavily drugged and said they had not been warned, according to a detective’s affidavit. One guest said he had trouble operating a cellphone, and another thought she might die, the sheriff’s detective wrote.

One guest the next day told an investigator that on the day of the wedding, she felt stoned and asked the bride whether cannabis was in the food and that the bride said “yes” and smiled, according to the affidavit.

Food collected at the scene later tested positive for THC, the document says.

While the bride and caterer were arrested on the charges this week, a charging decision is still under consideration by the state prosecutor’s office, a spokesperson for the state attorney’s office said Friday.

A lawyer for the caterer listed in court records did not reply to a request for comment Thursday night. An attorney for the bride declined to comment to NBC affiliate WESH of Orlando.

Longwood is a city about 12 miles northeast of Orlando.

CORRECTION (April 22, 1:45 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misstated the status of the charges against the bride and caterer. They have been arrested on the charges, but have not been officially charged. A charging decision is still under consideration by the state prosecutor’s office.