Monday, December 10, 2012

Pot Luck? CU students serve pot brownies to classmates.

The Denver Post recently reported that two University of Colorado Boulder students are facing criminal charges after allegedly feeding pot brownies to their unsuspecting classmates during their "Early Modern History" class (The full article from the Denver Post is available here).  Apparently the class allowed for a potluck on Fridays and the two students thought it was a good idea to bring brownies cooked with marijuana. Unfortunately, several students (and one professor) were sickened after ingesting the brownies. The two students who prepared the brownies were later identified as Thomas Ricardo Cunningham (age 21) and Elizabeth Essa (age 19). Fellow students were puzzled as to how the pair thought they could get away with the prank given that everybody in class knew who brought the brownies. Three people were taken to the hospital after suffering from anxiety attacks and near blackouts. After being questioned by authorities, both suspects admitted to serving the pot brownies to their unwitting classmates. This case comes on the heels of Colorado's recent ballot measure that legalized the recreational use of marijuana and just days before the Governor of Colorado signed a declaration certifying the ballot measure.  More information on the status of marijuana laws in the state of Colorado is available here

While the their acts may have been a well intentioned prank, the two students are now facing serious criminal charges. According to local law enforcement, the students face charges for second degree assault and inducing the consumption of a controlled substance by fraudulent means (and conspiracy relating to those charges).  Based on the charges, the two students could face prison time for what law enforcement are calling a pot brownie "attack". As always, both students are considered innocent until proven guilty. 

The students' prank could not have come at a worse time for the marijuana decriminalization movement.  Many people have fought long and hard to change the public's perception of marijuana. Actions such as the Colorado students' serve to delegitimize the argument that marijuana should be decriminalized, or outright legalized. The students' actions add to the public perception that marijuana is dangerous and that marijuana users are irresponsible criminals. As long as people pull stupid stunts like this, marijuana and its users will continue to be stigmatized and treated as criminals.

Even as our nation makes progress in modernizing its drug laws, each year thousands of people will  be arrested for drug charges. As a result of the so called "war on drugs" criminal gangs will continue to get rich off of users, the government will continue to waste billions of tax dollars and nothing will change. It is plain that the war on drugs has been an abject failure at nearly every level, yet the politicians who rule our country are unwilling to consider real changes to our drug policies. Consequently, each year we spend billions of tax dollars fighting a war that can never be won.  

Until our country changes its policies, people facing drug charges need competent legal representation.  The attorneys Connor & Connor Pllc are prepared to defend Nevadans facing drug charges in either state of federal court.  We are ready to fight for your rights and your liberty. Our attorneys serve clients from all socioeconomic backgrounds and we will fight the charges with everything in our power. Our rates are reasonable and the firm is willing to negotiate a payment plan if necessary. Unlike other firms, we have the ability to accept payment by credit or debit cards if necessary. If you are facing criminal charges, contact one of the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc as soon as possible for a consultation. You may contact the firm at, (702) 430-4614, (702) 749-5992 or visit You may also visit the firm's page on facebook at!/ConnorConnorPllc. If you have a legal question or if your are in need of legal representation do not hesitate to contact us as any delay could negatively affect your rights.  

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