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Two CU Boulder Students Share Brownies With Class and Professor, Surprise! They Have Pot in Them

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“Bring Food Friday” in a University of Colorado classroom went horrifyingly awry when two students — most likely in a humorous effort to champion the new Colorado Amendment 64 allowing marijuana use — brought some pot brownies to class. Eight unsuspecting people in all, including seven students and the professor, ingested the THC-laced dessert. Soon after, shit hit the fan.

Note: I’d like to bring attention back to the fact that a college class at a real life university celebrates an event called “Bring Food Friday.”

Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, and Mary Elizabeth Essa, 19, have been “arrested on suspicion of four felonies: 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 professor and classmates were unaware that the brownies contained tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, police said.
On Friday morning, officers were called to the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building on the Boulder campus on a report of a professor who was complaining of dizziness and going in and out of consciousness. Paramedics transported her to a hospital.

Later that afternoon, a student’s mother notified campus police that her daughter, who had been in the professor’s class, was having an anxiety attack and was at a hospital. On Saturday, a second student told police that she felt like she was going to “black out” after the class. Her family took her to the hospital for evaluation.

This is such a University of Colorado move. Seriously, if you heard this story and had to guess which school was involved, even before the latest marijuana legislation, would you have guessed anything other than CU Boulder?



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Dillon Cheverere

Dillon Cheverere (@DCheverere) is the Vice President of Media for Grandex, Inc. Email:

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