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Where pedestrian deaths are up, is marijuana to blame?

2/28/18--Pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents have reached levels not seen in years, and a safety group has sought to explain why. It has identified several possible causes, like digital distractions and an increase in driving. Now it has added another: marijuana. Read

State police: Driver in crash that killed 4 had THC in system

11/21/17--According to Vermont State Police, Steven Holmes, 21, of Chatsworth, Georgia, who was the driver involved in a crash resulting in his death and killing three of his passengers, had a high-level of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his system. Read

The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines

11/17/17--A case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about “the first marijuana overdose death." Co-authors Thomas Nappe and Christopher Hoyte explained that they are are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed that child. They simply observed the unusual sequence of events, documented it, and alerted the medical community that it is worth studying a possible relationship between cannabis and the child’s cause of death, myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle. Read

Man convicted in DWI crash that killed unborn baby may get money in lawsuit blaming Pizza Hut for it

11/15/17--According to Shelby County prosecuting attorney Brad Landwerlen, David G. Pike, who was convicted in a 2015 DWI crash that killed an unborn baby while making a Pizza Hut delivery, may get cash from a lawsuit against his employer, at the time, over the incident. Read

Colorado doctors claim first marijuana overdose death

11/17/17--Two poison control doctors claim to have documented the first known case of death by marijuana overdose, sparking a medical debate over what killed an 11-month-old baby in Colorado two years ago. The doctors behind the case report, Doctors Thomas Nappe and Christopher Hoyte, worked on the baby’s care as part of their duties at the regional poison control center. They claim that damage to the child’s heart muscle was brought on by ingesting marijuana. Read

Eric Bolling’s 19-year-old son had cocaine, marijuana and opioid drugs in system when he died

10/26/17--Six weeks after former Fox News host Eric Bolling‘s only child, 19-year-old Eric Chase Bolling, was found dead on Sept. 9, his cause of death has been revealed. The Boulder County Coroner’s report lists the cause of death as “mixed drug intoxication” that included opioids, and it has been ruled as an accident. Read

Engineer in deadly Chester Amtrak crash had marijuana in system

10/11/17--The National Transportation Safety Board says the engineer involved in a deadly Amtrak crash in Chester last year had marijuana in his system. The train was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck the backhoe in Chester, about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia. Read

Pediatric death due to Myocarditis after exposure to cannabis

8/31/17--Since marijuana legalization, pediatric exposures to cannabis have increased. To date, pediatric deaths from cannabis exposure have not been reported. In areas where marijuana is commercially available or decriminalized, the authors of this case report urge clinicians to preventively counsel parents and include cannabis exposure in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with myocarditis. Read

Developing a statistical model to fill in the blanks on death certificates

8/7/17--A new study presents a correction procedure to refine data reporting opioid and heroin deaths per US state, which results in significant shifts in state-by-state mortality rates. This truer picture helps to remove an important barrier to formulating effective policies to address this serious drug epidemic. Read

Insurer refuses to cover marijuana candy murder

5/8/17--United Specialty Insurance refuses to cover Gaia’s Garden, a Colorado-based marijuana candy company, for selling the “Karma Kandy Orange Ginger” under whose influence a man supposedly became psychotic and murdered his wife. Denying that it has any obligation to defend the candy maker, United Specialty says Gaia’s Gardens is on its own. Read

Highland County coroner: Marijuana is ‘gateway to hell’

3/17/17--Highland County coroner Dr. Jeff Beery believes marijuana is a gateway to hell. According to Berry, there has been a steady increase in deaths related one way or another to drugs, raising fatalities connected to illicit drugs to alarming proportions. He said the word “epidemic” is not sufficient to describe the toll being taken on Highland County. “It’s a craze, not an epidemic.” Read

These mothers of suicides don’t think marijuana is harmless

4/17/17--Sally Schindel and Lori Robinson created Moms Strong, a support group that seeks to “unmask the marijuana charade.” The women often give talks at schools, juvenile detention centers, and community groups to aid in the organization’s mission to inform and educate people about those harmed by marijuana. Both mothers united because they believe that high-potency marijuana led their sons to suicide. Read

New study shows Colorado heroin-related deaths are doubling

4/6/17--The Heroin Response Work Group released a new study looking at heroin in Colorado. The study compares heroin use from 2011 to 2015. In 2011, statewide there were 79 heroin-related deaths. By 2015 that number doubled to 160. Read

Marijuana contributed to Wyoming triple fatal crash

4/3/17--Autopsy and toxicology results released for the individuals killed in the March 14 crash on Highway 789 indicated that the deaths of passengers Destinee Wheeler, 15, of Hudson and Paul McEwan, 20, were determined to be homicides. Both Wheeler and McEwan also had marijuana in their system at the time of the crash. Read

Killer who blamed marijuana pleads guilty to second-degree murder

2/6/17--Richard Kirk, the Denver man who almost single-handedly revived the old-timey notion of marijuana-induced violence by killing his wife after eating cannabis candy in 2014, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last Friday. His deal with prosecutors calls for a sentence of 25 to 30 years, followed by five years of parole. Read

Death rates for young, white Americans increased from 1999 to 2014

2/2/17--A report based on data collected from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics shows an increase in the death rates from 1999 to 2014 for young, white people due to a surge in suicides and accidents, with the latter being largely a result of drug overdoses. This is consistent with another recent report showing the death rate from heroin overdoses has quadrupled from 2010 to 2015 among Millennials aged 25 to 34. Read

Colorado man gets jail time, probation for driving high

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-12-10-11-pm12/23/16--Jessy Wayne McElroy has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for driving while high on marijuana and causing a fatal crash killing 60-year-old motorcyclist Gary Willis. McElroy has been ordered to serve two years of probation after his jail sentence. Read

Marijuana found in accused driver’s blood

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-11-20-44-am11/4/16--Steven Bourgoin, the wrong-way driver charged with killing five Mad River Valley teens during a fiery crash on Interstate 89 in Williston last month, had strong evidence of marijuana use in his blood system, according to the toxicology report. It is illegal in Vermont for any amount of Delta-9 THC (cannabis) to be in a driver's system. Under Vermont law, drivers are presumed to be under the influence with any measurable amount in their systems. Read

Insight with John Ferrugia: Marijuana – The State of High

fb-square-english-spanish10/27/16--In the premiere of Rocky Mountain PBS' investigative series, "Insight", news anchor John Ferrugia explores what is unknown about the risks of high potency THC for those who "dab" so-called "wax", "honey", or "shatter" that can bathe the brain with hundreds of milligrams of the drug compared to a limit of 10 milligrams per serving of edibles infused with THC. Read

Rash of neighborhood burglaries preceded fatal shooting in Denver

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-9-13-27-pm10/14/16--The shooting of two kids who had repeatedly hopped a fence to steal marijuana plants was the inevitable conclusion to an escalating series of crimes including graffiti tagging, car thefts, and burglaries that made people worry about their safety. Denver crime statistics verify that property crimes were on the rise in the Whittier neighborhood. Read

Man arrested after allegedly killing teen in marijuana-filled backyard

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-8-30-24-am10/10/16--Keith David Hammock allegedly shot two teenagers who apparently were trying to steal marijuana plants from his backyard. One 15-year-old boy was killed and a 14-year-old was wounded and possibly paralyzed. Hammock is being held for investigation of murder, attempted murder and investigation of felony marijuana cultivation. Read

Colorado murder trial set; marijuana intoxication could be key factor

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-10-26-07-pm9/29/16--Richard Kirk is being held for investigation of first-degree murder in the death of his wife in their Denver home. Police are investigating whether marijuana played a role in the killing since he purchased and partially ate marijuana-infused candy before the shooting. His attorneys might argue that marijuana intoxication played a key role. Read

Washington shooter had a marijuana history

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-7-59-34-pm9/27/16--Washington Shooter Arcan Cetin, who opened fire in the Macy’s at Cascade Mall killing 5 people on September 23, had a marijuana history that may have come before his mental health issues. When stories that make national news are tracked, marijuana use is often a common trait in many young killers. Read

Driver high on marijuana when he killed Portland cyclist

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-10-34-pm9/14/16--Kenneth Britt Smith was high on medical marijuana when he struck and killed a bicyclist on Northeast Lombard Street last December -- then fled the scene -- and will be sentenced to more than six years in prison later this month. Read