Charges: Dad gave teen daughter hash oil to make THC treats

TACOMA, Wash. -- Prosecutors say a South Hill man extracted hash oil from marijuana and then gave it to his teenage daughter so she could bake brownies and lemon bars.

Pierce County prosecutors on Wednesday charged 45-year-old Michael Miller 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's 16-year-old daughter, who is not being named, was charged with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance for giving the illicit treats to fellow high school students.

Prosecutors say Miller extracted the hash oil at his South Hill home and then gave some of it -- in the form of THC coconut oil -- to his daughter, who then used the oil to bake treats.

On Tuesday, the girl brought the pot brownies and lemon bars to Emerald Ridge High School. Prosecutors say she gave the sweets to three fellow students without mentioning they contained hash oil.

The students who ate the treats soon became ill and went to the school nurse. Miller's daughter later admitted using hash oil in the baked goods and told school officials her dad gave it to her.

Authorities are alarmed by what happened to the students who consumed the edibles.

"They had fairly major physical effects on the kids. Didn't make them a little high. Made them sick," said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor. "That's a problem for us, that's a problem for the community, that's a problem for public health."

He says it's almost impossible for children to know how much THC they're ingesting in home-made baked goods.

"And you think there's the equivalent of half a marijuana cigarette and there's the equivalent of ten marijuana cigarettes," he said.

The girl later told deputies Miller knew she was using the oil to bake brownies to give out at school, according to prosecutors.

Police served a search warrant on Miller's house 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 pot with him and admitted to giving her the hash oil. He's currently in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bail. His daughter is being held at Remann Hall while authorities look for suitable housing for her.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said there's a lesson to be learned here:

"Beware of baked goods from questionable sources," he said.