Bringing marijuana edibles onto the campus of a school or college campus will have severe consequences. Students will face suspension or expulsion if caught. Schools consider bringing marijuana edibles to school a serious offense. These disciplinary offenses will leave a mark on a student’s permanent record. This will require students to disclose the possession of drugs to other schools and even licensing boards in the future. This can impact acceptance into college and even the issuance of a professional license.
So what should you do if caught with marijuana food items (edibles) on campus?
- Do not talk to any school staff about the incident – A student may feel that being honest will lessen the punishment and then admit to all accusations. A student confronted could also try to make excuses or even lie about the circumstances. Don’t immediately talk. Talking to the principal, dean, or police may make your situation worse depending on the facts. If you are a minor, you should at least request to speak to your parents before making any statements.
- Do not talk or text any friends about the incident – A student who is confronted with an accusation of being in possession of edibles may text friends about the situation. Whether it be to vent or try to cover up the situation. Do not text your friends. I have had several cases where text messages between friends have created a worse situation. Creating a written trail of the situation could come back and be introduced as evidence against the student.
- Hire an Education Law Attorney Immediately – The quicker an attorney is involved, the better the chance of avoiding the most severe penalties like expulsion, and the greater your chance at protecting your educational future.
What if the edibles were not mine and I did not bring the edibles to school?
I have had several cases where a student’s friend brought the contraband to school. Another student was dared or tricked into taking a bite. Those students who were dared or tricked can still face the most severe penalties, even if they were not the ones to bring the edibles on campus.
What should the students who were tricked or dared to eat the edibles in school do?
I give the same advice as above to those who were tricked or dared to eat the edibles. Do not talk to school staff. Do not text or talk to friends. You should also immediately contact an education lawyer who is experienced in defending school expulsion cases. The quicker an attorney is involved, the better the chance of avoiding the most severe penalties like expulsion and the greater your chance at protecting your educational future.Click here to read my blog post on the consequences of drugs in school and click here to read about school suspensions and expulsions. Richard Asselta is an award-winning education law attorney with offices in both Florida and New Jersey. He is experience in defending students accused of misconduct in school. Call The Education Lawyers today for a free consultation. We will fight to keep you in school. 855-338-5299