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Charges still expected in Cape Elizabeth 'pot' cookies episode

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Charges still expected in Cape Elizabeth 'pot' cookies episode

CAPE ELIZABETH — Police said an investigation into the consumption of  marijuana-laced cookies by students at the high school is "pretty much wrapped up."

No criminal charges were announced as of 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Capt. Brent Sinclair on Wednesday said police were waiting for direction from the Cumberland County district attorney's office.

"We certainly don't want too much (information) out before we meet with the people that are going to be charged," Sinclair said.

He said charges were expected to be announced Thursday, although he couldn't say if police expected to issue summonses or make arrests.

"It could be that some of the kids don't get charged," Sinclair added.

He said the Police Department has conducted "a lot" of interviews, using at least three officers.

At least nine Cape Elizabeth High School students are involved in the case, which stems from a Dec. 7 incident at the school, where the students allegedly ate the pot cookies.

Eight students were suspended from school for two days, while the student who allegedly supplied the cookies was put on a 10-day suspension and could face expulsion under the school's drug policy. Expulsion proceedings are handled by the School Board.

Sinclair said all of the students police have interviewed are minors and that there is no indication their parents were involved.

Some of the students allegedly ate the cookies and then attended the day-long TEDxYouth event at the high school, a lecture series holding it's first event hosted by high school students in Maine.

Some students reportedly became sick after eating the cookies and went to the nurse's office, where it was discovered they had ingested drugs.

In 2010, the high school expelled a student for selling a pot brownie to another student who ended up in a hospital emergency room.

Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or wgraff@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.