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Ohio woman accused of beheading 3-month-old was reportedly ‘speaking with demons’

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…”

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4 Spruce Creek High School students hospitalized after eating hash oil brownies, deputies say

Wesh.com, March 16, 2015

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.”

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Strong cannabis causes one in four cases of psychosis: Users three times more likely to have an episode than those who have never tried it

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 …”

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Smoking cannabis can lead to manic behavior: Hyperactivity, aggression and delusions are all strongly linked with the drug, researchers 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.

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Marijuana legalization poses challenges for employers

Brandon Klein, Vindy.com, February 9, 2015

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.

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One Year of Colorado’s Marijuana Law

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.
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Colorado lawsuit alleges cannabis overdose from fairground candy

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.

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Maureen Dowd on pot candy bar: ‘I became convinced that I had died’

Jessica Durando, USA TODAY Network

June 4, 2014

Maureen Dowd, a columnist for the New York Times, told a terrifying story of eating a marijuana-infused candy bar. She was in Denver, Colorado reporting on legalized marijuana.

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Toddler rushed to hospital after eating pot candy – Kid Hospitalized After Pot Candy

Jamie Chambers, Fox5KSWB, San Diego, CA

April 25, 2014

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.

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Metro: Marijuana impairment rising among drivers

Posted: April 16, 2014 Updated: April 17, 2014

www.8newsnow.com KLAS-TV

Las Vegas, NV

By Joe Bartels

Eighteen-year-old, Jesse Hill, was killed while walking with his girlfriend by a driver, Christian Diaz, who had 7 times the legal amount of marijuana in his blood.

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Denver man accused of killing wife after eating marijuana candy formally charged with murder

ABC & News Denver, April 18, 2014

Kristine Kirk told a 911 operator that her husband, Richard Kirk, had “taken some marijuana” and was “hallucinating” and frightening their three children. Minutes later Richard shot and killed his wife. Richard was charged with first-degree murder.

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College Student Ate 6 Times Recommended Amount Of Pot Cookie Before Jumping To Death

Denver CBS 4, April 16, 2014

Levi Pongi, a college student, jumped to his death from a hotel balcony after eating one whole marijuana cookie that was intended to serve six people. It produced a type of psychosis.

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Quotes and Facts

"Prescribing marijuana to relieve medical symptoms is like throwing an anchor to a drowning person instead of a life raft."
Bob Lynn, Ed.D.