Latest Marijuana Death Should Raise Concerns in CO, Says Researcher

Kevin SAbet – Clear thinking about drug policy

By Bill Bumpas, Published: April 27, 2015

The leader of an anti-marijuana organization says the latest death in Colorado linked to pot edibles demonstrates how potent the drug can be.

There have been three deaths in Colorado associated with marijuana edibles. The most recent came in March, when a 23-year-old committed suicide after eating marijuana products.

“These edibles are the cookies and candies and brownies, and all sorts of things, that people are taking not understanding that it’s going to take a while – usually 30 minutes or more – to feel the effects of a bite or two,” explains Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida.

Because of the time lapse, he further explains, a person keeps eating when they don’t feel the effects immediately.

“They keep eating them until they finally get hit with it all at once – have a psychotic break, a psychotic episode, says Sabet, “and already in Colorado there have been three deaths directly tied to this that have resulted in tragedies.”

Those concerned with the issue, says Sabet, should urge lawmakers to keep the marijuana industry away from discussions of regulation.

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