The owner of a Holon pizzeria was arrested this week after police discovered that the pizza they ordered was sprinkled with synthetic marijuana instead of oregano.
Police became suspicious after two of the officers from the Tel Aviv District Police were hospitalized for dizziness, vomiting and hallucinations shortly after eating the pizza.
When police returned to the restaurant several days later to question the owner, he confessed to sprinkling the drug, commonly referred to as “Mr. Nice Guy,” on the officers’ pie.
“I knew the order was placed by police officers,” the owner confessed to police. “But the officer who called in the order seemed cool — plus he told me to add whatever toppings I wanted.”
“So instead of oregano, I sprinkled some ‘Mr. Nice Guy’,” he said.
According to Cannabis, a Hebrew online magazine, a police spokesperson confirmed that the pizza leftovers were sent to a lab for further testing, but the results have not yet returned.
The magazine reported that police intend to shut down the restaurant on the grounds that it constitutes a danger to public health.
The pizzeria owner was to appear in court Friday where his remand was expected to be extended.
In 2011, “Mr. Nice Guy” and other synthetic cannaboids, which became increasingly popular in Israel in recent years, were banned; they had previously been approved by the health and welfare committee in the Knesset.