Police: Teen had 25 grams of pot

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— A 19-year-old Colorado Mountain College student was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of selling marijuana after police found about 25 grams of marijuana in his possession.

Police Capt. Joel Rae said Anthony Baca admitted to selling marijuana after a college resident advisor found the drugs in another student's dorm room.

The other student, Susan Singleton, 18, was cited for possessing less than 1 ounce of marijuana.

During a search of the room, police reportedly found five sandwich bags containing between 4.1 and 6.1 grams of marijuana each, a black digital scale, a box of sandwich bags and other drug paraphernalia.

Baca reportedly told police the marijuana was his and that he was selling it. Baca now is facing charges of felony possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it.

The resident advisor contacted the students after she smelled marijuana and asked to enter the student's room. After finding the drugs, the RA called police.

Police said the college students were cooperative during the incident.

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jpatsteele 8 years ago

It's nice to see honest young people, co-operative and peaceful with authorities. Makes Steamboat seem peaceful, amongst some of these other reports.

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gwendolyn 8 years ago

"Baca now is facing charges of felony possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it."

Felony possession of marijuana in Colorado is for possession of 8 ounces or more. 1 oz or less is a petty offense.

Intent to distribute is a petty offense unless there is actual proof of payment to the distributor...as in a sting operation or a witness willing to testify against the distributor.

Paraphernalia possession is a petty offense.

http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?wtm_view=&Group_ID=4526

Based on the information in this news story, these kids would be both facing petty offenses. Not felonies.

Hope he has a good attorney and that he also SHUTS UP before he talks himself into some jail time for this crap.

1 ounce of marijuana = 28 grams

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ounce

I'm certain both of these kids are now looking for housing, too.

Doesn't CMC have a better intervention program than calling the police and carte blanche kicking kids out? Warnings? Probation? Anything? Most colleges expect drug/alcohol use and try to KEEP their students via intervention programs. Not toss them to the police and out on their asses.

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gwendolyn 8 years ago

Addendum.

Of course they were "cooperative". They were friggin' stoned.

What a stupid police comment. No doubt stated with tongue deeply embedded in cheek....

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gwendolyn 8 years ago

Chef: Children, what have I told you about drugs?

Stan,Kyle,Cartman,and Kenny: There's a time and a place for everything, and it's called college.

-SouthPark


Did you laugh when that aired?

Did you see it as the obvious truth of what occurs in college?

I hate smoke...never smoked....anything...but I can cook a mean brownie....lasagna that will have you coming back for seconds...and thirds...and all of it experimented with during my college years.

Most of us grow out of that experimentation stage. Others, never do. But, I never met anyone who caused another person's death due to getting high on marijuana. Alcohol, on the other hand....

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Libertyspark 8 years ago

Response to Gwendolyn:

"Baca now is facing charges of felony possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it."

"Based on the information in this news story, these kids would be both facing petty offenses. Not felonies."

"I'm certain both of these kids are now looking for housing, too."

"Doesn't CMC have a better intervention program than calling the police and carte blanche kicking kids out? Warnings? Probation? Anything? Most colleges expect drug/alcohol use and try to KEEP their students via intervention programs. Not toss them to the police and out on their asses."

========================= Try again Gwendolyn, your assessment of the Colorado state laws regarding possession is a bit askew. The website you listed points out the following:

"Transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana for no consideration is considered possession and is punished as such."

"Any sale within 1000 feet of a school or public housing area increases the penalties to 8 24 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 to $1,000,000."

If the DA can make the case stick against Tony for sale within 1000 feet of a school or public housing area, he will be convicted for his part in the sale of the drugs. Unfortunately in his case, it sounds like he will also be punished for being a "good" boyfriend and taking the heat for the items found in Ms. Singleton's room which may or may not have actually been his. They both should have been arrested by the Police for possession and intent to distribute when the Police found the items in her possession.

Just like most institutions of higher learning, CMC does have programs in place for students who are users, and for those who may be in need of intervention because they suffer from various addictions (both alcohol and drug related).

However, I would find it hard to believe that you could locate any institution in this country which has programs in place for DRUG DEALERS living in the dorm.

Certainly, there is the expectation that some students (adults) may CHOOSE to participate in the social use of drugs or alcohol; when they are Off-Campus. It is clearly stated at the beginning of the semester that if you live in the dorm, any evidence of distribution or possession of paraphernalia will result in immediate dismissal. Students who choose to blatantly disregard that policy are very aware of the consequences = loss of housing.

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gwendolyn 8 years ago

I read no proof of any actual sales in that story. Only "intent", as admitted to by a stoned kid. You are presuming sales that have no proof in this story.

As for CMC, their programs are woefully inadequate and don't extend to intervention programs in the dorm. As an adult in this community who has taken classes at CMC myself, nothing impresses me in regard to how the staff there talks about or deals with drug use at all. The dismissal policy you write about is pretty hardened and without any safety net. Many, many colleges in this country have softened that stance into 1-2-3 programs of intervention before dismissal and/or calling the police. It's time CMC did the same.


A college is not an elementary school.


Even convicted criminals are allowed public housing and an education.


CMC dictates that full-time students live in the dorm. Many don't WANT to -- but are "forced", "pressured" or whatever you want to call it, to do so. Their lifestyle is then dictated to by narcs masquerading as RAs.

Full-time students pay for room and board and then are resoundly booted for violation of CMC dorm rules. Then where do they go? With what money? How do they eat?

If the college is going to assume the role of mummy and daddy by forcing residency in the dorms on the students, then they should behave more like mummy/dad in helping kids find "the right way" in this world instead of calling the police everytime someone blinks wrong.

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gwendolyn 8 years ago

Harvard College's policy:

http://www.college.harvard.edu/deans_office/drug_tomes.html

The reality of how it's applied:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=514818

These variances in policy vs. actual student sanctions can be found at 4 year colleges all across this nation.


Roughly 33% of all college students used/tried marijuana in the 2004-2005 school year. should they all be expelled and taken to court?

http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/marijuana/index.html


Drug policies across college campuses vary from state to state and institution to institution. Oddly enough, community colleges tend to be the strictest while 4 year colleges, like Harvard, work a bit harder on keeping their students via probationary measures and interventional sanctions.

If you're a student who uses marijuana:

  • don't live in the dorms
  • attend a 4 year college (for a better chance of surviving college once busted)
  • expect the worst if actually caught: expulsion and law enforcement referral

All college policies I could find online reserved the right to do that last item. Oh, and that generally means your financial aid is toast, too. At any school.

On the other hand, practical application of enforcement and sanctions rarely result in expulsion and law enforcement referral. Which is why, in the end, only a tiny fraction of the 33% of students attending college who used/tried marijuana were expelled or referred to the police in 2004/2005.


Final note:

Since when is an arrest the equivalent of a conviction?

Deans who try and convict prior to the court doing so are common on community college campuses. Not so common at all on 4 year college campuses.

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