TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Miller, 45, with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under the age of eighteen, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, and reckless endangerment. Miller extracted hash oil from marijuana in his South Hill home, giving some of the oil to his teen daughter to use for baking. His daughter, A.M., 16, was charged with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance for giving baked goods, laced with THC coconut oil, to fellow high school students. Miller was arraigned today in Tacoma, and he is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail. His daughter was arraigned today at Remann Hall, and is being held until suitable housing can be found for her.
On June 17, 2014, A.M. gave brownies and lemon bars to three students at Emerald Ridge High School. Two students said they did not know the treats contained THC. A short time later, the students became ill, went to the nurse’s office, and told the nurse about the treats. A.M. admitted to baking the goods using THC coconut oil that her father gave to her. She told deputies her father knew she was going to make THC brownies to give to students at school.
"Beware of baked goods from questionable sources," said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
Police served a search warrant at the Miller residence and found hash oil extraction equipment in the garage. They also discovered a large marijuana grow operation in the house, including 125 marijuana plants. Miller told detectives he allows his daughter to smoke marijuana with him, and admitted he knew his daughter was using the hash oil to bake confections.
Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office