Apparently unable to endure another mandated staff meeting without the
soothing assistance of marijuana, Teresa Gilmete Badger, 47, is accused
of bringing cannabis laced food to a staff pot luck at Matthew Turner
Elementary School. Ms. Badger was arrested after a number of people felt
sick, and or under the influence, after eating the food at the staff meeting.
Some of those persons who felt sick, and or high, sought medical treatment.
Medical tests revealed the presence of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the
main psychoactive agent in marijuana. Ms. Badger is a first grade teacher
who reportedly has an otherwise exemplary employment record. Hoping to
curtail such inappropriate staff meeting behavior in the future, local
police are vigorously pursuing this pot-related "poisoning"
case. They have been devoting significant investigative resources to this
case for the past few weeks. Apparently, without a confession, the case
is proving difficult for them to prove. Ms. Badger allegedly admitted
to co-workers at the function that she laced the food with marijuana.
However, when questioned by law enforcement, she asserted her Fifth Amendment
right to remain silent. Ms. Badger is no longer in the classroom and for
the time being, is no longer welcome at any staff functions. She has been
booked into the Solano County Jail and placed on indefinite leave until
the case is solved.
As one would imagine, this is an unusual marijuana related case. Most cases
that involve marijuana are of the possession and
trafficking varieties. Even though public sentiment is rapidly moving towards legalization
for recreational use, possession of marijuana remains illegal in Nevada.
Amounts less than an ounce will subject a person to misdemeanor criminal
Possession of larger amounts are treated as a felony. Of course, trafficking in large
amounts of marijuana also is treated as a serious felony. Until the law
catches up to the majority consensus on this issue, marijuana for recreational
use remains illegal in Nevada.