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A Maryland high school student was arrested after giving his teacher a brownie laced with pot.
The unsuspecting Anne Arundel County high school teacher was taken to the nurse's office and an ambulance was called after she reported feeling ill and acting disoriented. According to Baltimore's WJZ-TV, a 17-year-old student admitted to giving his teacher a piece of the brownie, which he confirmed contained pot.
What criminal charges is this teen facing for giving his teacher a "magic" brownie?
2 Drug Charges
In the minds of many high schoolers, getting your unsuspecting teacher high with a pot brownie might be super boffo fun. But according to a press release by the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the teen responsible for feeding his teacher the pot-laden brownie claims that she asked for a piece. He claimed that he didn't inform her that it was a marijuana-infused edible because he was "scared and panicked."
Maryland is one of many jurisdictions which have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana -- less than 10 grams. But the teen was still charged with administering and distributing the marijuana to his teacher and his girlfriend. Depending on how prosecutors deal with the pot-brownie teen's case, he may be facing up to five years in prison for just these drug charges.
Assault and Reckless Endangerment
Sure, drug laws are what they are, but why was this teen also charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment? Under Maryland law, a person may be found guilty of misdemeanor assault in the second degree by intentionally causing "any impairment of physical condition" to another person. That may include getting your teacher blazed on pot brownies.
The reckless endangerment charge looks to be approaching much of the same issue, although it requires that a person "engage in conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another." While being high or disoriented may be called a minor physical injury, it's a far stretch to call it "serious" or even close to lethal.
All charges filed against the teen were juvenile citations, meaning he and his family will be working out the charges in Maryland's juvenile court system. Hopefully the 17-year-old is smart enough to keep from bringing a "snack" to his next court hearing.