A woman who ordered from a Sonic fast food chain in Frederick, Maryland discovered more than just her child’s chicken fingers and fries when she reached into the bag.
The woman, 35-year-old Carla McFarland, reported finding a plastic baggie containing marijuana alongside the food she had purchased for herself and her two children, ages 6 and 8.
“I just kind of sat there in my car in shock. I kept thinking, what if my kids had eaten it?” said McFarland, according to the Frederick News Post.
After making the discovery, McFarland notified the manager of the Sonic restaurant. An employee reportedly admitted that the bag had likely fallen from her apron, and she was subsequently fired from the franchise. The Sonic location also made McFarland a new batch of food and gave it to her without charge.
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McFarland also claims that the response to her discovery has been met with laughter and amusement from friends, as she posted about the incident on Facebook.
“I think that’s why everyone thinks it’s so funny, because it’s marijuana and it’s going to be legalized. It could have been crack. It could have been cocaine in that little baggie,” said McFarland.
It wasn’t crack cocaine, though, and the marijuana laws in Maryland are certainly changing. According to WUSA9, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed two marijuana bills into law in April.
SB 364 calls for the decriminalization of possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, punishable only by a fine of up to $100 for first-time offenders. HB 881 also legalizes medical marijuana in the state, making Marlyand the 21st state to adopt such a policy.
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Still, marijuana remains criminalized in the state, and the incident at the Sonic restaurant is under investigation by the Frederick County Sheriff’s office. Charges have not yet been filed against the employee.