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3 Arrested for Pot Cookie Giveaway

September 8, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Three people were arrested by campus police after about 15 students at the University of California, Berkeley got sick from eating what apparently were marijuana-laced cookies.

The three, two of whom are Berkeley students, allegedly helped make and distribute the cookies, university officials said in a statement released Thursday.

UC police learned about the problem when they got a call Wednesday evening from a student who said she was feeling ill and anxious after eating the cookies, served at an independent student-run housing co-op near campus.

Police responded and found that about 15 others were experiencing similar symptoms including shortness of breath and minor hallucinations. Twelve students were briefly hospitalized.

Police planned to test the cookies to determine the ingredients. The cookies were eaten during a welcome dinner at the house, police said.

``What happened tonight was an isolated incident where adults didn’t know their limits,″ said Nathan Danielsen, a house manager. ``We do not officially condone any of their actions.″

UC police later arrested Michael Tobias, 24, Carmen Anderson, 21, both UC Berkeley students, and 23-year-old Christopher Portka.

Campus officials said Tobias was arrested on suspicion of furnishing marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale; Anderson was arrested for possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, and Portka was arrested for possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of mushrooms. The three were taken to the Berkeley city jail where they were in custody Thursday afternoon.

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