Plantation Teenager Arrested for Sharing Marijuana Infused Cookies With Classmates

February 2, 2011 by David S. Seltzer

As a Fort Lauderdale drugs defense attorney, I was interested to read about the arrest of a South Plantation High School student for bringing drugs to school. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that the teenager was arrested Jan. 28 after a cookie he gave to another students made that student sick. He is not being named because of his age, and neither are the two students to whom he gave the adulterated cookies. However, he is being criminally charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. He and the other two students also face a 10-day suspension from school.

The teen being charged reportedly brought two marijuana cookies to school with him. Before school, he apparently gave one of the cookies to two other students to share. A Plantation police detective said the other students probably knew the cookie had marijuana. After eating the cookie at around 8:30 a.m., one of the teens started feeling stomach pain and went to the school nurse’s office, which prompted an investigation by the school. The teen responsible for bringing the cookies to school did not eat his other cookie and did not appear to be under the influence, but both of the teens who split the cookie appeared intoxicated. Both of the students who did eat the cookie were taken to Plantation General Hospital as a precaution, but appear to be fine.

The article goes on to say it’s relatively rare for teens to be arrested for edible marijuana offenses at school. As a Miami drug crimes criminal defense lawyer, however, I can assure readers that the same drug charges apply no matter what form the drug might have taken. Possession of less than 20 ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor, but unfortunately for the defendant, distributing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school is a felony. This law is intended to discourage drug crimes at or near schools, but it also has the unfortunate side effect of turning a misdemeanor -- a teen’s mistake -- into a felony with a mandatory minimum of three years in prison. That’s not likely if the case is tried in juvenile court, fortunately, but that doesn’t mean the penalties will be reasonable. In addition to the criminal penalties for any drug convictions, the student could be made ineligible for federal student aid or military service, and the felony on his record could hurt him in future job searches. That’s why parents of teens facing drug charges should get in touch with a south Florida narcotics criminal defense attorney right away.

If you’re charged with a drug crime in Florida -- or your child is -- and you don’t know what to do next, you should call Seltzer Law, P.A. right away. We offer free, confidential case evaluations, and we’re available to answer calls 24 hours a day and seven days a week. To learn more or tell us your story, please contact us through our website or call toll-free at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333) today.