Thomas Cunningham hit with 18 felony counts, possible years in jail, over "pot brownie assault"
Will Garnett opt for something similar in this case? In speaking with the Camera, he defended the number of charges as "appropriate" but added, "Both defendants will get good representation and will work with my prosecutors to find a just resolution."
Cunningham's already been suspended from CU, as well as starring with Essa in a Daily Camera editorial entitled "Brownie Stunt Was Serious," with a subhead adding, "Authorities were right in treating pot 'prank' with gravity." The editorial does, too, viewing the event as a "teachable moment" in the wake of Amendment 64's passage. "If you were previously abstaining from marijuana because it was illegal but would like to experiment with it now, have a frank talk with your physician or psychologist if you are taking any medications, especially if you are being treated for pain or any mental condition," it warns before segueing into a conversation about the pending third go-round for a THC driving bill.
These references show that Cunningham and Essa picked a very poor time to stage such a gag. But that doesn't mean they should be punished more severely than their actions deserve in order to send a message to what someday may be known as the Amendment 64 generation.
Here's a Daily Camera video of Cunningham's trip to court, followed by booking photos of Cunningham and Essa, plus our previous coverage.
Thomas Cunningham. Mary Essa.
Continue for our previous coverage of the "pot brownie assault."