A vendor accused of selling THC-laced gummy treats and other edibles was removed from the grounds of The Great Frederick Fair earlier Wednesday, according to fair organizers.
The fair board and directors met early Wednesday and quickly decided to request the immediate removal of the vendor in question and all of its products and staff from the fairgrounds, said Joe Devilbiss, president of The Great Frederick Fair and the Frederick County Ag Society. The board then contacted Reithoffer Shows Inc., a Florida-based company that rents the carnival area of the fairgrounds.
By 10:30 a.m., Reithoffer and fair volunteers had removed the tent in question from the fairgrounds, Devilbiss said.
“We just don’t want to be a part of that, we don’t want nothing to do with that and we don’t want the fair to be a part of that,” Devilbiss said of the vendor in question. “We just wanted them out of here for the safety of the people here at the fair — especially all the young kids we have here — which is our main concern.”
Frederick County sheriff’s deputies seized between 50 and 70 bags of edibles from the tent Tuesday afternoon, said Sgt. Jason Deater, a supervisor with the agency’s Narcotics Investigation Section.
Deputies were tipped off regarding the vendor up to 72 hours before they raided the tent. Several items seized from the tent tested positive for THC, the primary psychoactive component in marijuana, Deater said. The bulk of the edibles seized from the tent were sent for further testing to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab in Pikesville, the sergeant said.
Investigators believe Tuesday’s raid was an isolated incident, with Deater explaining that the tent in question was privately owned and the owner was among the two men and a woman who were at the tent when deputies arrived to serve a search warrant at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“They were detained while the search warrant was executed, they were cooperative, and once we were done with our investigation we released them,” Deater said.
No criminal charges had been filed in the case as of Wednesday afternoon, but the investigation remained open pending the results of further testing of the evidence seized from the tent, Deater said.
Employees at the tent were charging from $30 to $200 for different-sized packages of the edibles in question, Deater said.
A representative of Reithoffer Shows was not immediately available for comment Wednesday afternoon.