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    Student’s birthday surprise backfires

    Date: 04.15.10 | by Judge Tom.

    For some reason, John Stropko thought it would be funny to lace a birthday cake with marijuana and bring it to school. The 18 year-old goes to Cactus Shadows High School in Arizona. He was arrested in April, 2010 and charged with endangerment.

    Two students reported to the school nurse that they felt strange. Their heart rates were elevated, but they denied using any drugs. They did say that they each had some of the cake. Tests taken at a local hospital showed evidence of THC in their systems. THC is the main active chemical in marijuana.

    Photo by Iain Farrell

    Endangerment is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona. Since John is 18, he’s facing a maximum sentence of six months in jail.  A few states allow possession of marijuana for medical purposes while California will be voting in November, 2010, for legalization for personal use of up to an ounce of marijuana. If it passes, California will be the first state to legalize the drug for nonmedical use.

    Lighter Side:  In April, 2010, Ronald Washington called his son’s school to see if he had arrived yet. He told them that he needed to get something out of his Elmo backpack. When he arrived at Menallen Elementary School in Pennsylvania, the police were waiting to arrest him for the 4 ounces of marijuana found in the backpack.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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