Marijuana edibles are divided and packaged at The Growing Kitchen in Boulder in September 2014. (Brennan Linsley, Associated Press file)

Marijuana edibles sold at Colorado high school; 9 students involved

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Nine students have admitted being involved in marijuana-infused edibles being distributed and used at Coal Ridge High School in New Castle, and one of them involved in sales told authorities he aspired to be a businessman.

Hector Manuel Ruiz, 21, of Rifle, was arrested last week after a Garfield County Sheriff’s investigation indicated he had purchased marijuana edibles that were later distributed by a student at the school.

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Hector Manuel Ruiz (via Post Independent)
Hector Manuel Ruiz (via Post Independent)

Authorities first became aware of the situation Feb. 4, after a student reported feeling sick after eating part of a cookie and tested positive for marijuana on a home drug test. The girl told police that said she had been given the cookie at school and didn’t know it was drugged.

After interviews and discussions with several students in the presence of their parents or guardians, it was determined that a total of nine students had been involved in distributing, purchasing or consuming the edibles.

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