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CU students arrested for feeding marijuana brownies to unassuming class

By Basoodler, Dec 10, 2012 | Updated: Dec 12, 2012 | | |
  1. Basoodler
    BOULDER, Colo. — Two students from the University of Colorado Boulder were arrested after they gave marijuana-laced brownies to their professor and unsuspecting classmates Friday.

    According to Ryan Huff, a spokesperson with the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department, the professor of the class and two students were hospitalized, and five other students became ill after eating the brownies.

    At approximately 10:20 a.m. on Friday, police responded to the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building on campus after a professor became dizzy. Paramedics took the professor who was going in and out of consciousness to a local hospital to be treated.

    Later that day, a mother of a student who was in the class earlier called campus police to tell them her daughter was having an anxiety attack. The student was also taken to a local hospital.

    Police said that on Saturday, a second student who was hospitalized told campus police that she was going to “blackout” after her class on Friday.

    Investigators concluded that the students and their professor were suffering from the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana.

    Huff said that 21-year-old Thomas Ricardo Cunningham and 19-year-old Mary Elizabeth Essa baked the THC-laced brownies as part of a “bring food to class” day.

    The professor and classmates were all unaware that the brownies contained THC.

    Cunningham and Essa were arrested Saturday and remain behind bars without bond at the Boulder County Jail. They face felony charges including inducing consumption of controlled substances by fraudulent means, and second degree assault.

    “The message is: if you are going to make marijuana-laced brownies or any other product that has drugs in them, and the other person doesn’t know, that’s a felony,” Huff said.

    Police said there were 12 students in the class, and two people did not eat the brownies.
    The incident is still under investigation. The names of the victims have not been released; however they have since been released from the hospital.

    Posted on: 11:39 am, December 9, 2012, by Brooke Way, updated on: 09:06am, December 10, 2012



  1. seaturtle
    First thought that comes to mind is these kids must've been rich if they're handing out pot brownies for free! :p

    Very interesting how people react to Marijuana when they don't know they've ingested it. I guess they think something must be gravely wrong since their perception is changing, which is exacerbated by Marijuana's anxiety inducing effects. l bet all the people in the class who had tried weed before had a good time though, or at least a manageable time, wouldn't take long to figure out.

    I wonder if you can get a free pass from drug testing for a month or two if you unknowingly have weed forced upon you like this.
  2. c4nucKsens8tioN
    I myself have very little experience with editable THC products. Only once a long time ago and it wasn't quite enough to do much.

    But the general consensus that multiple friends have told me over the years is that if the cooking is done right, the editable form of THC is quite powerful. Obviously more of a body high but will put you on your ass quick.
  3. Großschmackhaft
    Shit like this is what gives drug users a bad name. For once i hope the judge won't go easy on those idiots.
  4. RoboCodeine7610
    They must've gotten the idea from "High school".Also, the one on the left is female??

  5. RoboCodeine7610
    If I had never tried marijuana before, I would have been scared shitless.After all, if it's not drugs it must be a medical symptom right?You'd have to have little medical knowledge though...
  6. Soma Cruz
    Seems like every time my alma mater's in the news, it's always for something embarrassing.

    Even if it is a liberal town, I can tell you that the city won't go easy on them. Pot's only no big deal in Colorado when you're administering it to yourself. Plus, given the high grade weed that is up there, I'm sure the unaware kids were freaking out.
  7. RoboCodeine7610
    Well if you think about it, how is this any different to spiking the punch at a party?If people don't know, what's the difference really?I don't think they deserve more punishment than someone in the previous scenario,

  8. Rob Cypher
    Why, back in my younger days, I would've given them a reward for such a treat! Call the police? For what? :joint: :beer:

  9. Routemaster Flash
    Depends what you're spiking the punch with. If it's just more alcohol, then well, punch has alcohol in it in the first place and anyone drinking it is at least prepared for some psychoactive effect. But no-one expects to get high from eating an apparently 'normal' cookie.

    And someone who spiked a punch with other drugs could certainly get into big legal trouble if people became ill as a result or had unpleasant experiences. To say nothing of the fact that you're distributing an illegal drug, which is of course a felony even when the recipients know what they're getting and are paying for it.
  10. RoboCodeine7610
    I was referring to the not uncommon occurrance in which supposedly non alcoholic punch is spiked with alcohol.As a matter of fact, iin my opinion the sexual intent behind this scenario makes it worse than two losers handing out pot brownies.

    All Im saying is that from a moral and medical prospective, they probably deserve a lot less than what's coming to them.

    Then again, as stupid as they seem to be,society probably wont take a very big hit if they rot in prision for the next 5 years.So human rights aside:who cares?

  11. Routemaster Flash
    Oh right. Sorry, I'm British, the concept of serving a non-alcoholic punch at a party didn't even occur to me.

    Edit: and assuming they're not going to be executed or put away for life, which I assume they're not, then I think they deserve everything they get. Spiking someone with anything is an unbelievably shitty thing to do. People were hospitalized here.
  12. Basoodler
    A lot of people serve a punch that's a mix of sprite and Hawaiian punch with a shit ton of rainbow sherbet (fruity stuff that is not as dairy as ice cream and not actually sorbet)

    Some just mix fruit juices and sprite..I'm sure there are variations regionally. For the most part if you see
    Punch here its non alcoholic, or there are 2 punch bowls (one spiked and one virgin).

    I went to 5 proms while in a highschool and 2 more after. The punch was spiked at 3/4ths of them I'd say. Generally with ever clear because it was easier to sneak in. Atleast in my experience it was a highschool phenomenon. Once you are 21 there is no reason to spike the punch. You just bring some alcohol.. or sneak and hit a flask if so inclined

    The best was a punch called "hairy Buffalo " where you hollow out a watermelon and fill the shell with fruit.. then pour evervlear (lots of it) on top. You end up having highly alcoholic fruit cups.

    I have also seen people sneak alcohol into jello to trick people while in college and highschool
  13. RoboCodeine7610
    Well I was referring to high school of course.Isnt that where the whole pot brownie story began in the first place?

    But back to the point, I'd never, as a judge, consider more than a 5 year sentence for these guys.They're not dangrous or criminal, just stupid.

    Besides, weather there was intent or not, I'm sure its not the first time someone hands out pot brownies and some people don't know they were laced.But given the media coverage given to this story, I think it's fair to say they're pretty fucked in front of a judge...

  14. RoboCodeine7610
    I will add, however, that it was a pretty shitty thing for them to do.Having a panic attack may not seem like something dangerous, but is in fact a horrible experience.Still, 5 years seems plenty to me.
  15. Routemaster Flash
    No, it happened in a university. It's all there in the first post.

    What do you mean, "whether there was intent or not"? You don't 'accidentally' bake a batch of cannabis-laced brownies and then feed them to your classmates, do you?

    Making weed brownies with the intent of sharing them with people who know what they're getting and want to get high, and one or two people inadvertently eating them without realizing they're laced, is one thing - making food spiked with drugs and then deliberately feeding it to unsuspecting people is an entirely different matter. If these two clowns get a hefty sentence then I for one won't be shedding too many tears for them.
  16. Basoodler
    There was a similar case involving bus drivers recently. http://www.inquisitr.com/345573/california-bus-driver-unwittingly-ate-pot-brownies-before-his-shift/

    Serving people weed baked goods is actually pretty fucked up if they are not expecting it. Hell. I've known people to be overwhelmed when they knew they were laced.

    If you leave a plate of well made pot brownies in a room or any non pot laced baked goods. People see free food and turn in to gluttons. Because they don't know they are laced, some may eat more than they should.

    The duration of orally ingested weed is so much longer than smoked, and has the potential to be so much more intense. It goes well beyond what is acceptable as a prank. Especially if the people you tricked have shit to do, like drive busses or attend classes.
  17. Anna Thema
    Jesus wept, some people really dont have the common sense of a gnat.
    I wouldnt even feed a peanut butter brownie to someone without checking first, let alone a hash one.

    Are people so ill informed that they dont understand the potential harm they could cause? Marijuana is, to most people, a benign drug of choice. But to some it can be catastrophic, either physically or mentally.
    I'm a regular smoker but I very rarely use edibles and when I do, they knock me on my arse for hours, even as an experienced user with a high tolerance, the different roa produces remarkably different affects.
    Add that to the fact your not expecting this to happen, I can see how a stressed out college professor would think they were having a stroke not getting stoned.

    Its just a no go area, the rules are simple, NEVER spike anyone.
  18. RoboCodeine7610
    It's the exact same thing as far as the "victims" are concerned.And it wasn't spiked with "drugs", just marijuana, singular.

    I'm not defending what they did, just don't think they deserve a crazy sentence for one stupid mistake.Either way I don't care, and will also not shed any tears if they died right now.Just making a general point,

  19. Routemaster Flash
    No it's not, think about it for a second. If, in the unlikely scenario where someone ate a weed-laced cookie without realizing it, they might say that they weren't feeling well to the person who made the cookies, who - assuming s/he is not a complete arsehole - would immediately tell them what they'd eaten and try and help them calm down or whatever. It's a completely different scenario from a deliberate 'prank'. And from a moral POV, the intent of the people making the cookies is pretty important, isn't it? If someone leaves a sharp knife lying around where a small child can reach it and the child hurts itself, well there is some moral responsibility on the person who left the knife there - but it's rather different from someone who picks up a knife and deliberately stabs a child, isn't it?

    Pointless pedantry. What I obviously meant was that it's wrong to spike anyone with any drug or drugs. "Drugs" in common parlance indicates one or more psychoactive substances. "He was on drugs...", "We went to buy some drugs", etc.

    "Mistake"?! It was a deliberate, malicious prank! And not even something that can be passed off as spur-of-the-moment idiocy, I mean it was obviously planned well in advance.
  20. Docta
    Rob we must be reading different story's,

    The one I'm reading has two people intentionally setting out to deceive and take advantage of the trust inherent to the classroom and the belief that we never offer tainted food . Poisoning is one of the lowest acts imaginable. It's real hard to kill someone with cannabis, realistically the only way is to have them eat it.

    Any support for this kind of activity is just appalling, the trust that we instill to anybody that prepares food for us should never be infringed.

    I am gratified to read that these two didn't make bail, I hope the D.A. sticks the drug pushing and assault charge for the maximum term of imprisonment.

    Poisoners are scum bags.
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