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Marijuana Edibles Linked to Two Deaths, Increased ER Visits in Colorado


Health officials report legal marijuana edible products have been linked to two recent deaths and an increase in emergency room visits in Colorado, Fox News reports. Edibles include marijuana-laced baked goods, candies and beverages.

The effects of marijuana edibles begin more slowly than the smoked version of the drug, according to Dr. George Sam Wang of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Once the effects begin, they tend to last longer, he said. “One of the dangers that we’ve been seeing with adult recreational retail use is they’ll take the recommended dose, wait, feel no effects and then continue to stack doses. Then before they know it they have a pretty large amount in their system and then they get potentially pretty severe effects,” Dr. Wang noted.

A college student who had never tried marijuana before ate the recommended dose of one-sixth of a marijuana-laced cookie last month. He felt no effects, and then ate the whole cookie—six times the recommended dose. He later jumped off a hotel balcony and died, according to the article. The student’s autopsy report listed “marijuana intoxication” as a contributing factor in his death.

According to Colorado State Representative Jonathan Singer, about 40 percent of the marijuana industry consists of edible products. The products must be sold in child-proof packaging. Labels must state how much of marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient THC is in the product. Singer is co-sponsoring a bill that would require marijuana edibles to have a recognizable symbol on the product, so it can be easily identified even when it is out of the child-resistant packaging.

Childrens Hospital Colorado saw eight cases of marijuana intoxication in children last year. The hospital has seen eight more cases in just the first few months of 2014, according to Dr. Wang. Six of the children had to be admitted to critical care.

5 Responses to this article

  1. Eric Wood, MA LCAC CADAC II / April 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Will marijuana proponents still boast that no one has ever died from using marijuana? By the way, it is only accurate to say no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose. No one has ever died from a tabacco overdose, either. Just a thought.

    • Patrick / June 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

      This is absolutely ridiculous. The ground killed the man, not the cookie. It shouldn’t take even an adult mind to figure that out. Also, they mentioned two deaths, but only describe one. How many holes will they poke through their own theories? Come on America. It’s no wonder the people have no faith in the US government. It is beyond clear that they have their own interests in mind.

    • James / September 14, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Oh really.

  2. Avatar of Terry rivers
    Terry rivers / April 28, 2014 at 2:44 am

    You fail to mention that tobacco* is completely legal everywhere in the US, and easily accessible to all people over age 18. Since we are making comparisons, alcohol poisoning kills a lot more people than the two deaths in which marijuana was a “contributing factor”.

  3. Avatar of Jay Martin
    Jay Martin / May 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    What is your point? Nobody is saying tobacco is safe or alcohol. But both tobacco and alcohol are regulated. There are warnings all over them, so at least you know what you are getting.

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