University of Colo. students arrested for feeding professor, classmates pot brownies

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(CBS/KCNC) BOULDER, Colo. - Two University of Colorado students were arrested Saturday after they allegedly gave their unknowing professor and classmates pot brownies.

According to CBS Denver, Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, and Mary Elizabeth Essa, 19, are accused of baking marijuana-laced brownies for the Friday class as part of a 'bring food day.' Police say the professor and other students were unaware of the food was drugged.

Police responded to the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building Friday after a professor complained of dizziness and going in and out of consciousness, CBS Denver reports. The professor was transported to a local hospital.

Police say at about 4 p.m., a student's mother notified university police that her daughter - who had been in the professor's class earlier that day - was having an anxiety attack and was at a local hospital.

A third student from the class was hospitalized Saturday morning, according to the Denver Post.

Investigators found that the three hospitalized victims and five other classmates were suffering from the effects of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, CBS Denver reports.

Cunningham and Essa face charges of assault in the second degree, inducing consumption of controlled substances by fraudulent means, conspiracy to commit assault in the second degree, and conspiracy to commit inducing consumption of controlled substances by fraudulent means.

The Denver Post reports police say Cunningham and Essa admitted to lacing the dessert with marijuana.

The instructor and the students have all recovered.