College Students Face Charges Over Pot Brownies

Two University of Colorado Boulder students face multiple felony charges after the marijuana-laced brownies they brought to class put their professor in the hospital and sickened seven classmates, campus police said Sunday.

The Denver Post  is reporting Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, and Mary Elizabeth Essa, 19, were arrested on suspicion of planning and intentionally committing second-degree assault and inducing consumption of controlled substances by fraudulent means when they brought brownies laced with marijuana to unsuspecting classmates and a professor on Friday.

CU Police spokesman Ryan Huff says officers were called Friday morning after a history professor complained of dizziness and losing consciousness. The professor, who was not identified, was hospitalized. Two students in the class who ate the brownies also were hospitalized and five others were sickened.

Police say Cunningham and Essa baked the brownies and brought them to class as part of a “bring food day.”

The incident comes a month after voters passed Amendment 64, which makes it legal for people over age 21 to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. The CU incident should have no bearing on the law or its aim, said Mason Tvert, a leader of the campaign to pass the amendment. ”This is illegal behavior,” Tvert said. “That would be like going back to Prohibition because some college kids spiked the punch.”

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