Brian Maass, CBS Denver, May 18, 2015
Daniel Juarez, an 18-year-old from Brighton, died September 26, 2012 after stabbing himself 20 times. In an autopsy report that had never been made public before, but was obtained by CBS4, his THC level – the active ingredient in marijuana- was measured at 38.2 namograms. In Colorado, anything over 5 nanograms is considered impaired for driving.
Juarez was nearly eight times the legal limit.
Police and witnesses then say Juarez literally ran wild, stripping off most of his clothing and running into his nearby apartment. There, he got a knife and stabbed himself 20 times, one of the stab wound piercing his heart. Juarez’s autopsy report lists his manner of death as suicide with ‘marijuana intoxication’ as a ‘significant condition.’
Jason Law and Pat LaFleur, abcactionnews.com, March 17, 2015
Police charge College Hill woman with murder for beheading her 3-month-old infant. The woman was said to be high on marijuana and “speaking in tongues,” according to a police report.
The woman had said that she had started “speaking with demons…”
At least four Spruce Creek High School students were hospitalized after eating hash oil laced brownies. Deputies arrested a 17-year old boy and charged him with four counts of sale and delivery of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and seven counts of culpable negligence.
At least 10 students ate the laced brownies, which were sold to them by another student, investigators said.
Daily Mail Reporter, Daily Mail, February 15, 2015
Those using “super strength” marijuana every day are three times more likely to have a psychotic episode than others who had never tried “super strength” marijuana. The THC can be four-times stronger than what older generations smoked.
Psychosis is defined as a form of mental illness where people experience delusions, hallucinations, or both at the same time. Associated with conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar, some victims are so badly affected that they end up committing suicide or seriously harming others because they believe they are being ordered to do so by voices in their heads.
As many as a quarter of new cases of psychotic mental illness can be blamed on super-strength strains of cannabis, scientists will warn …
Madlen Davies, Daily Mail, February 11, 2015
Dr. Steven Marwaha, of Warwick University in the UK, studied over 2,000 people and found a ‘significant link’ between cannabis use and manic behavior: depression, anger, aggression, hyperactivity, difficulty sleeping, being delusional and hearing voices.
The research found that marijuana use “tended to precede or coincide with episodes of mania.”
The study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, raises particular concerns about adolescents and the problems cannabis use can have on their development.
A pro marijuana group in Ohio is attempting to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to legalize marijuana for recreational use. If the amendment gets placed on the ballot and should it pass, employers fear that with more people using marijuana the pool of drug-free employees will decline and safety in the workplace will be compromised.
"I’m absolutely opposed to [legalizing marijuana]," said Don Crane, president of Western Reserve Building Trades, which represents more than 6,000 workers in the skilled trades. Many trade jobs have dangerous components.
John Walters & David Murray, Real Clear Politics, February 8, 2015
The unintended consequences of marijuana use go unabated.
- Marijuana infused edibles are marketed to youth. The edibles account for nearly half of Colorado’s sales.
- Daily use of marijuana is 35 percent higher than the national average.
- Selling marijuana on the black market continues because there are no taxes.
- Marijuana potency has climbed sharply.
Keith Coffman, Reuters Denver, August 8, 2014
A man ends up in the hospital after overdosing on THC from a marijuana chocolate candy bar given to him by a County Fair vendor promoting the drug. The Denver County Fair had a “Pot Pavilion” where Jordan Coombs was offered the marijuana food product.
On April 19, 2014, Frances McQueen, found her daughter stumbling and unresponsive; she rushed the toddler to Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA. The toddler was moved to the pediatric intensive care unit where doctors were preparing to do a spinal tap when the results of a toxicology report came back showing THC in her system. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.