As the date for when Ohioans vote on the legalization of marijuana approaches, one teen faces serious charges after handing out pot brownies at school, reports USA Today.
Edward Goschinski III, a 19-year-old from Springboro, Ohio, allegedly distributed brownies laced with cannabis to at least four students and one teacher at Springboro High School on April 10.
“Apparently he thought it would be funny if he thought he could get a teacher high at school as well as some of the other students," Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said to WLWT News. "Obviously the teacher when he took the brownie, tasted it, he could tell that this was not a normal brownie."
Goschinski has since been charged with three felonies: corrupting another with drugs, possession of hashish and trafficking in hashish. Officials also charged the 19-year-old with three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child, according to USA Today.
"He made a very serious mistake thinking it was a joke, and now he's going to have some lifelong consequences," Fornshell said.
While the school district allowed Goschinski to graduate, the teen now faces possible prison time.
"They don't think about the consequences. I think they think it's funny and they think that everybody will laugh and think everybody will think he's funny for doing that and don't think what kind of repercussions will happen," Springboro resident Lisa Graci told WLWT News.
Meanwhile, millions of dollars are being spent in Ohio on campaigns over the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, WKYC reports.
"We're going to create a true green industry in Ohio," Ian James with Responsible Ohio said. "This is going to be a multi-billion-dollar industry. Money will be coming in to go to local communities and local counties."
On the other side of the debate, Jim Joyner, the president of the Ohio Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, believes weed legalization will only adversely affect communities.
"Look, we're in a situation with opiates that's out of control," Joyner said at a town hall meeting, according to WKYC. "How dare we consider throwing another bucket of gasoline on a fire that rages out of control."
"The message for Ohioans is this: There's not enough known about marijuana," Joyner added. "There's no hurry. Let's get the facts."
Voters in Ohio will decide on the controversial topic in November.