Students facing charges for feeding pot brownies to class

COLORADO -- Two University of Colorado Boulder students are facing multiple felony charges. Campus police say they fed marijuana-laced brownies to their unsuspecting classmates and instructor.

21-year-old Thomas Cunningham and his 19-year-old classmate Mary Essa brought brownies into the classroom as part of their "bring food day."

They had baked those brownies, and put THC or some type of marijuana substance into the brownies. In their small history class, they were the only ones to bring food that day.

"This was just a stupid, irresponsible act," University of Colorado Boulder Police Spokesman Ryan Huff said.

In a classroom of 12, seven students were sickened, and three were taken to the hospital -- including the professor. 

Susan Kent chairs CU's history department and said she had no idea why her co-worker was blacking out.

"She just kept going in and out of consciousness, so she would answer a question and then slump," Kent said.

"One can only imagine had she been in the car, had she been with her children in the car, when the drugs started to take effect, what could have been the outcome of this, and it's just a terrible, irresponsible and reckless act," CU Boulder Spokesman Bronson Hilliard said.

"Putting marijuana in a food product and providing it somebody without their knowledge has always been illegal, and that will continue to be illegal, even after Amendment 64," Huff said.

Officials say the legalization of small amounts of marijuana has nothing to do with what happened inside the history class. 

"This has got nothing to do with Amendment 64 or a party school, this has to do with people making a very stupid lapse in judgment," Hilliard said.

Officials say this is a first in the history of CU. 

"There could be prison time involved in this case," Huff said.