Woman arrested for selling pot to high school students
November 17, 2016
A Minden woman was allegedly using her medical marijuana to make edibles she is accused of selling to high school students.
Tiame Vogel, 25, told an investigator that she used the marijuana to make butter which she used on the treats, according to documents filed with East Fork Justice Court.
Vogel is facing a charge of sales of a controlled substance, a felony. She is free on $5,000 bail after a warrant was issued for her arrest on Nov. 10.
A 17-year-old student was hospitalized after she obtained one of the edibles on Nov. 3 after obtaining one of the rice marshmallow squares from another student.
At about 11:30 a.m. that day, a student complained of feelings of anxiety and accelerated heart rate, according to Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Bernadette Smith.
"The student said she may have eaten a Rice Crispy square laced with marijuana earlier in the day," Smith said. "She named a female student who brought the edibles to school. The student feeling ill was taken to a medical facility for treatment by her parent."
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After interviewing the students involved and reviewing videotaped recordings of the school's common area, investigators spotted three students involved in the drug transactions, including one where money was exchanged.
"The student selling the edibles was questioned further, and identified the source of the marijuana edible," Smith said. "The student selling the edibles was arrested and transported to Douglas County Juvenile Probation with juvenile charges pending."
Members of the Douglas County Special Enforcement Team responded to a Pinewood Drive apartment near the high school, and contacted the source as described by the student selling the edibles. A female resident in Minden was contacted and admitted to the sale and a warrant was subsequently obtained.
"Marijuana is the most common illicit drug in the United States and according to a recent survey; it has widespread use among young people," said Sheriff Ron Pierini. "The Center for Disease Control warns in a new report that consuming marijuana infused edibles can bring unforeseen dangers to the user, due to the delayed effects of consumption. Consuming edibles can result in brain changes such as anxiety, paranoia and even psychosis."
Nevada is one of 20 states that decriminalized marijuana possession, but residents will still have to be 21 years and older to purchase and consume beginning in January 2017.
Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson said through Dec. 31, a person who possesses an ounce or less of marijuana can be prosecuted and fined. A first or second time offender cannot be sentenced to any jail term under current law.
"It is important to point out that it will still be against the law in 2017 to drive a vehicle under the influence of marijuana, as well as to sell or give marijuana to any person under the age of 21," Jackson said. "In addition, it will be unlawful to possess or use marijuana on school grounds or to smoke marijuana in a public place. Moreover, workplaces may ban marijuana use."
Nevadans approved legalizing recreational use of marijuana in the November election. After Jan. 1, possession of one ounce or less of marijuana will be legal.
Jackson estimated his office has five open possession of marijuana cases.