Some things never change. High school students are always getting into trouble over one thing or another. Sometimes they are tardy or skip school. Other times, they catch heat for edgy hairstyles and playing loud music. In more serious cases, they involve themselves with underage drinking or drug use. In the case of one California teen, trouble reared its head after her misguided attempt at “entrepreneurship” led to the hospitalization of another teen, in 2013. Now, Saira Munoz faces the possibility of deportation over selling pot brownies in order to purchase a prom dress.
One thing is for sure, keeping up with the Joneses for a high school teen isn’t necessarily easy these days. Prom is still a very important part in the life of many 17 and 18-year-olds. However, in order to attend the high school prom in style – if one is a girl – a dress is usually the standard. Oftentimes, prom dresses can cost hundreds of dollars, if not more. For 19-year-old Saira Munoz of Yuba City, California there was a clear solution to getting what she wanted: selling pot brownies.
Saira, who came to the United States from Mexico in 2000 with temporary permission, may have made the biggest mistake of her young life. In an impressive, yet disappointing use of delegation Munoz actually employed a fellow student to sell the baked goods at school function she, herself, was hosting. Sounds like a future leader of America, no? Well, unfortunately for Munoz, 18 at the time of the crime, the plan backfired when another student and supposed friend of the young “executive” was sent to the hospital after becoming sick from the treats.
Thanks to the leniency of one judge, who convicted Munoz of a felony on Monday April 7 2014 for involving a minor in the illegal sale of drugs, the teen who attended River Valley High School will not be facing serious jail time. She has received four years probation and credit for time served. However, for attempting to sell pot brownies in order to buy a prom dress she faces the possibility of deportation back to Mexico, due to her immigration status. So far, immigration officials have not weighed in and a hearing has not been set. However, some are saying what Munoz did does not warrant such a fate.
Even Carlos Robles, the young man who got sick from the chocolate snacks has shown support for his friend Munoz: “People make mistakes.” He further expressed concern for her wellbeing and a desire for her to stay here, in the U.S. He went on to say: “there’s people that deserve to be deported, and she just wasn’t one of them… There’s people that do way worse.”
It is an interesting time for the U.S., with so many states legalizing and decriminalizing the sale and usage of marijuana. Cannabis is certainly not faced with the same type of scrutiny it encountered during the counter culture era of the 60’s, or even the 2000’s, for that matter. Perhaps Munoz, like other young adults, sees people legally profiting of the sale of weed and thinks that she can do the same. Unfortunately, she now faces the possibility of deportation over her choice to sell pot brownies in order to buy a prom dress.
Opinion by Josh Taub