PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. -- A Puyallup man and his daughter are in jail after a batch of brownies baked in THC oils is taken to Emerald Ridge High School. Investigators say four students were sickened as a result.
The students involved were not at school Wednesday. Court documents said after consuming the brownies and lemon bars containing THC oil Tuesday, they reported feeling shaky, numb, and fuzzy. Now the 16-year old who reportedly brought the baked goods to school is in jail, and so is her father, Michael Miller.
Miller was arraigned Wednesday on several charges including unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to someone under 18, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and reckless endangerment. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said officers found a THC operation in the garage, which includes extraction tubes and four marijuana growing rooms with 125 marijuana plants.
They said Miller knowingly gave his daughter the THC oil to bake the goods she'd later take to school. Miller pleaded not guilty and has a $35,000 bail. The judge ordered he cannot be in contact with his 16-year old daughter, who is in juvenile detention awaiting word of where she will stay once released.
Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said marijuana in edibles will be an issue that extends beyond this one case. "Marijuana is a drug, drugs are abusable, edibles disguise drugs and their potency so open the door for a greater possibility of abuse," said Pastor.
Thursday is the last day of school for Emerald Ridge High, but school officials said it won't stop their investigation. Two of the sickened students have already been suspended and school officials are working to see if the two others will receive disciplinary action. They're still trying to determine if all these students knew the brownies were laced with marijuana.