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Pot prank puts Colorado students at risk of assault convictions

The excitement over the recent vote to legalize recreational marijuana in Colorado may have led a couple of college students to make a big mistake. They are accused of bringing brownies to their class and letting students and staff eat them without informing them that they were eating brownies laced with THC.

THC is the mind-altering chemical found in marijuana. If consumed, the effect can be extremely powerful and lead to physical side effects that would certainly worry someone who didn't know that they'd consumed the drug. Several people who ate the laced brownies became ill, three of them needing hospital attention.

This post seems like it might belong strictly under a "drug crime" classification, but that is not the case. Instead, it is essentially being treated as a violent crime. The two college students, ages 19 and 21, both face 18 counts of felony assault for bringing drug-laced brownies to their class.

No punches needed to be thrown or shots fired for the young defendants to face assault charges and potential prison time. Colorado law says that a person is charged with assault if he gives a drug to an unsuspecting or unwilling subject who gets ill or injured as a result of the deceptive consumption.

To some, this might sound like a prank. But the two Colorado defendants shouldn't look at it that way. They face a real threat to their freedom and futures. At least one of the defendants has already been suspended from college. One conviction of the various second-degree assault charges that they face could mean up to six years in prison.

Our Colorado law firm has experience helping those faced with various types of violent crime charges. Visit our Felony Assault & Violent Crimes page to learn more about these types of cases and how we can try to mitigate the outcome of an assault charge.

Source: Boulder Daily Camera, "CU-Boulder student charged with 18 felonies, suspended from school in pot brownie case," Mitchell Byars, Dec. 12, 2012

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