Two southern New Jersey middle school students face drug possession charges after one youth allegedly gave the other a small bag of marijuana as a birthday gift.

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Vineland police say the incident occurred earlier this month at the Wallace Middle School.

The two students, ages 12 and 13, were seen exchanging a small bag of marijuana in a school hallway. When questioned about their actions, the younger boy said his friend had requested the marijuana as a birthday gift.

Both boys were released to their guardians pending a juvenile court hearing.

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