Students Nabbed for Secretly Feeding Class Pot Brownies

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Dec. 10 2012 10:50 AM

Students Arrested for Secretly Feeding Classmates Pot Brownies

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A Seattle resident takes marijuana from a plastic bag shortly after a law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana took effect on Dec. 6, 2012, in Seattle

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The Los Angeles Times brings us the story of two college students who probably weren't going to do so well on their upcoming finals anyway:

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.
November's voter-approved Amendment 64 made Colorado's marijuana laws some of the most relaxed in the nation, but Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, and Mary Elizabeth Essa, 19, may not get much help from it. The pair have been arrested on suspicion of planning and intentionally committing second-degree assault and inducing consumption of controlled substances by fraudulent means.
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The whole thing went down this past Friday during some type of "bring food" day in the lead-up to finals week. It apparently didn't take long for people to crack the code as to what was the source of everyone's discomfort: Cunningham and Essa were reportedly the only students to bring any food to share with their classmates, something that we'd have guessed would have made them of all people a little paranoid about what they were allegedly doing.

Police say that after interviewing the pair, it was clear that this wasn't some dorm room mix-up. "This was planned," campus police spokesman Ryan Huff said Sunday. "I wouldn’t call it an accident. They knew what they were doing."

According to police, the history professor teaching the class was taken to the hospital by paramedics and two other students were also hospitalized with anxiety and lightheadedness. At least five others, meanwhile, had what police described as a "bad reaction." Here's video of the campus police's Sunday media briefing, which the Times aptly describes as "one of the grimmest press conferences a man could give about pot brownies":

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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