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 free consultation. You may contact the firm at info@connorpllc.com, (702) 430-4614, (702) 749-5992 or visit www.connorpllc.com. You may also visit the firm’s page on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/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.

 

A five year old boy was allegedly locked in a small room by his kindergarten teacher. The parents state that the room was dark and that the boy had been locked in the room for over an hour. Out of fear the boy was crying and had urinated on himself. The boy wasn’t discovered until the parents went to the school to search for him because he was over 45 minutes late from returning home.

As reported by msn.com, the Idaho school district in Caldwell does not deny that the teacher did in fact put the boy in the small room as a form of discipline. It is unclear what action by the boy prompted such discipline and the school is not revealing that citing student privacy. However, the school district states that the discipline actions taken by the teacher were not appropriate. The school district does dispute the allegations that the room was locked and that it was dark, but do not deny that the boy was placed in there and then forgotten for over an hour.

At this time, it is unclear what actions the school district is taking against the teacher and to ensure that such an incident does not occur again. The school district has permitted the young boy to move to a different kindergarten teacher.

While it is hoped that our schools will keep our children safe, that is not always the case. If your child or you have suffered due to actions of an educator, you may have claims against the school district. People have that have suffered harm from an educator needs an experienced personal injury attorney.   If you or a loved one believe you have suffered due to the actions of a teacher or educator, you may be entitled to compensation. Please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc today.  Amanda N. Connor was a teacher in the public schools and is familiar with the system.  The attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc are licensed to practice law before all Nevada state and federal courts. We serve clients from all socioeconomic segments of our community and we will fight to ensure that you receive compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured by an educator, contact one of the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc as soon as possible for a free consultation.  Any delay could negatively affect your legal rights.  You may contact the firm through email at info@connorpllc.com or by phone at (702) 430-4614 or visit www.connorpllc.com. You may also visit the firm’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/ConnorConnorPllc.