Perth cafe owner in court after allegedly selling pot brownies to family

An Australian cafe owner has appeared in court after allegedly selling brownies laced with marijuana to a family of four. 

In March, 2019 Michael Maxwell, Sharon Hoysted, and their two children purchased two brownies from Bada Bing cafe in Perth. 

Hoysted said Emily, 5, was the first to feel the effects of the marijuana laced brownies, letting out a scream and showing a change in her eyes.

She began hallucinating, saying she felt like she was "on the TV" and that her "eyes weren't right", The West Australian reported.

Hoysted and Thomas, 3, who also ate the brownies, started feeling unwell.

Both Emily and Thomas were taken to Perth Children's Hospital. It was then that Hoysted began hallucinating too.

Doctors initially thought the mother and children were poisoned due to the hallucinations and blurred vision they experienced, 7News reported.

Tests showed Hoysted and her two children had traces of marijuana in their system.

Maxwell, who did not eat the brownies, said he went back to the cafe the next day to buy more for testing.

"I put it straight in the freezer and then a week or so later the police came and took that away," Maxwell told ABC radio.

Tests confirmed the presence of THC and other cannabinoids in the brownies, the court heard.

Cafe owner, Nathan Sharp told police he used cannabis butter gifted to him by a friend. He claimed the laced brownies must have fallen off the fridge and got mixed up with the ones sold at the shop.

Sharp is fighting charges for "selling unsuitable food". 

The trial is ongoing.