Professor Who Ate Pot-Laced Brownie Was ‘Unable To Walk’

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Marijuana-laced brownies have two University of Colorado students in big trouble after eight people got sick with three having to be hospitalized.

Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, and Mary Elizabeth Essa, 19, are accused of taking the brownies to class for “bring food” day. The students made their first appearance in court on Monday.

Both Cunningham and Essa appeared before the judge handcuffed. They are facing felony charges for bringing brownies laced with pot to one of their history classes last Friday. One of the people who got sick was their professor, Celine Dauverd.

“She was lapsing in and out of consciousness, and when the paramedics got there she was unable to walk,” History Department Chair Susan Kent said.

Kent spoke on behalf of Dauverd.

“I’m sorry this happened. It is a reflection of some very irresponsible and reckless students, and I’m afraid a lot of people got hurt unnecessarily,” Kent said.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

In court on Monday the judge set both bonds at $5,000. He set the bonds low because he didn’t believe either are a flight risk. They both bonded out after their appearance in court.

Thomas Ricardo Cunningham in court on Monday (credit: CBS)

Thomas Ricardo Cunningham in court on Monday (credit: CBS)

Mary Elizabeth Essa in court on Monday (credit: CBS)

Mary Elizabeth Essa in court on Monday (credit: CBS)

After the court proceedings Essa’s family declined to comment.

Both students will be back in court later this week.


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