Students in trouble after marijuana brownie bake sale at Roseburg High
ROSEBURG, Ore. - A Roseburg High School student made marijuana brownies and brought them to school to sell to classmates, police and school officials confirmed.
"We have determined at this time that a student made and brought 23 marijuana brownies for sale to Roseburg High School," said Gerry Washburn, superintendent of the Roseburg School District. "All the brownies were sold and the students who purchased them knew what they were buying."
Details on how authorities discovered the scheme are not yet known, but some of the students complained of not feeling well, police said. A few were taken to the hospital, police said.
Now more than a dozen minors ranging in age from 14 to 16 face legal and disciplinary issues.
Roseburg Police said officers cited 11 minors for Minor in Possession of Marijuana. Three students were also cited for being a Minor in Possession of Tobacco.
One student was cited for Delivery of Marijuana within 1,000 Feet of a School and possession of more than 16 ounces of marijuana.
The students were cited and released to their parents.
"Student disciplinary issues are not open for public discourse and we will not discuss those situations specifically," Washburn said.
Marijuana - while legal for Oregonians over the age of 21 to buy, possess and use - remains illegal for minors.
Legalization of marijuana presents a challenge for educators, Washburn said.
"Teaching healthy behaviors is always a discussion in our schools, with our students, parents, and teachers. And substances that are illegal for minors to possess or consume continue to be treated as contraband on school grounds," Washburn said. "However, just as we deal with the differences in alcohol and cigarette use in the home versus what we teach as healthy habits at school, we have to be aware those same varying differences with regard to marijuana’s newly legalized status in Oregon. And that is a difficult tightrope to walk when the research on marijuana usage impacts on developing brains and emerging evidence that enhanced and synthetic marijuana are having medical impacts on users may conflict with family attitudes. Bottom line, marijuana was not legal before this incident, it is not legal now and still has no place on our campuses."