File this one under “bizarre.” Two University of Colorado Boulder students were arrested after allegedly bringing pot-laden brownies to their classroom — and feeding them to their professor and classmates. The entire incident is almost too-unbelievable-to-be-true, as Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, and Mary Elizabeth Essa, 19, are now facing four felony charges for cooking up the drugged desserts and offering them to their peers.
Police found out about the purported actions on Friday morning after authorities were called to the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building to assist the professor who complained of dizziness and trouble maintaining consciousness after she consumed the brownies, NBC News reports. But the medical drama didn’t end there.
That same afternoon, another student’s mother called campus police and said her daughter was having a panic attack and had been hospitalized. The following day, yet another pupil reported that she felt as though she would black out following Friday’s class and she, too, sought medical attention. In total, three individuals were hospitalized and five others experienced effects from the marijuana.
“An investigation revealed that the three hospitalized victims…were suffering from the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana,” the University of Colorado Boulder Police said in a statement.
Watch the pot brownie press conference, during which university officials and authorities addressed the illegal activities associated with this case:
During interviews with authorities on Saturday, both Cunningham and Essa admitted that their delectable treats were laced with the drug. As a result, they were arrested on suspicion of four felonies — serious charges that may profoundly impact their futures.
The alleged infractions include, as NBC notes, “second-degree assault, inducing consumption of controlled substances by fraudulent means, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit inducing consumption of controlled substances by fraudulent means.”
The victims who consumed the marijuana brownies have all recovered and are out of the hospital.
(H/T: NBC News)