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Colorado Sees Spike In Children Accidentally Eating Marijuana-Laced Foods
Albany Tribune ^ | May 27, 2013 | Albany Tribune

Posted on 05/28/2013 1:48:48 AM PDT by Ghost of Jesus Gil

A new study shows the relaxation of marijuana laws in Colorado has caused a significant spike in the number of young children treated for accidentally eating marijuana-laced cookies, candies, brownies and beverages.

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1 posted on 05/28/2013 1:48:48 AM PDT by Ghost of Jesus Gil
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil

What the hell?? Choom gang voters.


2 posted on 05/28/2013 2:21:19 AM PDT by Lockbar (The guy that fires the last bullet gets to write the history books,)
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil

Eating beverages?


3 posted on 05/28/2013 2:25:33 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil

“Accidently” my foot

It is being given to them on purpose I bet.


4 posted on 05/28/2013 2:28:42 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil

Ya Think! Show of hands who didn’t see this coming.


5 posted on 05/28/2013 2:33:12 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: GeronL

Also, the older kids know what is going on and they are getting into the cookie jar on purpose.

“Johnny, do you know what happened to the rest of mom and dad’s special diet brownies?”

Typical lack of foresight into unintended consequences.


6 posted on 05/28/2013 2:37:44 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil

Rocky Mount High......Colorado ...


7 posted on 05/28/2013 2:37:46 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil
Praise Yahweh! It's not toxic!

No one has EVER OD on it.

NEVER!

Massive doses of dihydrogen monoxide are LETHAL. Not the cannanbush.

8 posted on 05/28/2013 2:38:31 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall With no one to raise him up; And I will set)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Hey kids, want some brownies?


9 posted on 05/28/2013 2:46:49 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil
A new study shows the relaxation of marijuana laws in Colorado has caused a significant spike in the number of young children treated for accidentally eating marijuana-laced cookies, candies, brownies and beverages.

I suppose that the lawmakers are immune from the liability the follows their stupidity.

After all common sense would dictate that the lawmakers would instead focus on a safer alternative: Tetrahydrocannabinol (Marinol).

Again, public safety is secondary to these wretched people.

10 posted on 05/28/2013 2:51:36 AM PDT by olezip (Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature. ~ Cicero)
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To: olezip

Are you saying that marijuana is physically harmful? Can you post your source to back up this claim please?


11 posted on 05/28/2013 3:30:56 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: GeronL

It’s so their souls can be ruined, the life sucked out of them, and turned into demon-spawned minions of satan.


12 posted on 05/28/2013 3:37:29 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: stuartcr

or just poisoned and possibly killed for someone else’s peverse jollies.


13 posted on 05/28/2013 3:47:46 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil

>children treated for accidentally eating marijuana-laced cookies

What? Are they pumping the stomachs of these children after eating a cookie? Sounds like someone took reefer madness seriously.


14 posted on 05/28/2013 4:08:21 AM PDT by soycd
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil

BAN HIGH CAPACITY BAGGIES!

LLS


15 posted on 05/28/2013 4:18:39 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: FreedomStar3028
Are you saying that marijuana is physically harmful? Can you post your source to back up this claim please?

You must be joking!

16 posted on 05/28/2013 4:25:21 AM PDT by olezip (Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature. ~ Cicero)
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To: FreedomStar3028
Are you saying that marijuana is physically harmful?

Yes, when ingested by someone with no tolerance/exposure - like kids - they can often become violently ill. POISONED

17 posted on 05/28/2013 4:30:01 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil

What about the adults?

This is funny but bad.....

One of my employees brought pot laced brownies to the Christmas party. They were intended for the boys in the shop. Somehow my secretary got one.

She was preparing last minute export documents. The documents were gibberish. She could type at a very fast rate and did, paying no attention to what was on the page. Her brain and hands disconnected and the result was a mishmash.

I don’t remember if the task was completed or not...... it was Christmas


18 posted on 05/28/2013 4:38:22 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....Obama Denies Role in Government)
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To: GeronL
Chortle. I hope you're joking. That sounds like one of the reefer-madness era show trials.

There has never been a single recorded case of a toxic reaction with any component of cannabis. Neither in humans or laboratory primates. There is no proven toxic dose (LD-50) because scientists could not kill a single monkey with it. Even when infusing the body with THC intravenously.

Some rabbits and mice (not monkeys) were killed but the equivalent dose in humans would be 3-5 lbs of dry cannabis in one sitting (more than a daily smoker would consume in a lifetime). There is also evidence that those animals were not killed by cannabis but instead by too much dilution in their blood.

Cannabis is probably the safest thing you can overconsume. You have more toxic plants in your spice cabinet. Eating too much tuna is toxic. Even water is toxic when overcsonsumed.

19 posted on 05/28/2013 5:23:41 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: FreedomStar3028
Are you saying that marijuana is physically harmful? Can you post your source to back up this claim please?

Why are these children being treated in the emergency room if it isn't harmful?

20 posted on 05/28/2013 5:28:22 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: GeronL

absolutely


21 posted on 05/28/2013 5:30:44 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Moonman62

The people that brought them to the hospital probably didn’t know what was consumed. I imagine if it were the parents that found out, they would explain to the kids, watch them, put on some cartoons, listen to them laugh and then put them to bed.


22 posted on 05/28/2013 5:34:33 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: bert
... She could type at a very fast rate and did, paying no attention to what was on the page.

I don’t remember if the task was completed or not...... it was Christmas


23 posted on 05/28/2013 5:37:51 AM PDT by WVKayaker ("...the press had better learn from their experiences of being duped "...-Sarah Palin 5/17/13)
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To: varyouga

Is THC the only ingredient?

There have been lots of stories about people hospitalized after being given brownies and stuff laced with pot.


24 posted on 05/28/2013 5:42:25 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Moonman62; GeronL
“Why are these children being treated in the emergency room if it isn't harmful?”

Because they consumed too much and probably could not be woken up (temporarily) so the parents freaked out. Also, about 10% of people get anxiety instead of sleepiness from eating too much.

Obviously you may feel like hell but there is no toxic danger from over-consuming it. The only danger is passing out and asphyxiating yourself with a pillow, etc. Someone simply needs to watch the person and make sure their airways are open.

In large amounts it is like sleeping pills but much safer since there is no possible overdose. See my post 19

25 posted on 05/28/2013 5:44:20 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga

If someone is giving children pot brownies they should be imprisoned for life!

People SHOULD freak out.


26 posted on 05/28/2013 5:45:24 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
There are hundreds of naturally occurring cannabiniods that are similar to THC. Not one has been shown to be toxic. In the Victorian era, super concentrated cannabis extract was consumed by the elite as an alternative painkiller to toxic heroin and laudanum. There is not a single recorded case of overdose.

People are hospitalized from cannabis because they essentially go into a coma or feel too much anxiety(about 10% of people). They are monitored until they wake up so they do not choke themselves in their sleep. The hospital also pumps their stomach so the effects go away sooner.

They are simply in a deep sleep. It does not mean any damage has occured to their body.

27 posted on 05/28/2013 5:52:53 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga; stuartcr
Children recover quickly in most cases, Wang said. "They don't need more than a day or two of hospitalization," he said.

The children require hospitalization.

28 posted on 05/28/2013 5:53:22 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: GeronL

It’s about accidentally eating them, not giving it to them.


29 posted on 05/28/2013 5:59:43 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: varyouga
People are hospitalized from cannabis because they essentially go into a coma or feel too much anxiety(about 10% of people). They are monitored until they wake up so they do not choke themselves in their sleep.

What if a child has a THC soda and brownie before going to bed and then suffocate to death before anyone finds out?

30 posted on 05/28/2013 6:03:33 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62; GeronL
“What if a child has a THC soda and brownie before going to bed and then suffocate to death before anyone finds out?”

It's possible but highly unlikely. There are far more dangerous items already in your home. The most dangerous are probably sweet chewable medications and vitamins.

Overdosing on nearly any OTC pills can easily cause liver/kidney failure, internal bleeding, brain swelling, etc. Lots of the children's meds taste like candy and are far more dangerous than candy cannabis.

Kids can try to get into anything. Heck, even my laundry detergent now has a child lock. The solution is to reasonably keep dangerous things away from kids, not ban everything that a kid can potentially harm themselves with.

31 posted on 05/28/2013 6:37:31 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga
Looks like you've thrown in the towel regarding marijuana being harmless.

The fact is ER visits and hospitalizations for children have gone way up in Colorada since they legalized.

32 posted on 05/28/2013 6:41:38 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: WVKayaker
Barney Miller and the hash brownies
33 posted on 05/28/2013 6:49:43 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberal: A person who charges their grandchildren for today's party)
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To: varyouga

The main side effect of 13 is, it causes the patient to believe it is harmless and then spend the rest of their life doing nothing but ingesting and defending it.


34 posted on 05/28/2013 6:58:13 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Moonman62
There have been a grand total of 14 such ER cases in the last 3 years in the entire state of Colorado. I'll bet the only reason it is going up is because parents are no longer afraid to bring their kids in since it is legal. http://www.geekosystem.com/colorado-kids-pot-cookies/

And again, there has never been a single confirmed case of damage from eating cannabis in all of recorded history - not even from choking. These ER visits have all been unnecessary freakouts by hoverparents.

NOTHING is “harmless”. Even locking your kid inside a padded, germ-free home is harmful.

Letting your kids play on a concrete street is more dangerous than feeding them all the cannabis they can eat. Hundreds of times more kids are hospitalized from simple trips/falls.

35 posted on 05/28/2013 7:10:53 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

“The main side effect of 13 is, it causes the patient to believe it is harmless and then spend the rest of their life doing nothing but ingesting and defending it.”

Some people are compulsive by nature and will always abuse something. Cannabis is the safest thing they can abuse. Even abusing sugar and fried food is far more dangerous/addictive to the body than cannabis.

The fact is there has not been a SINGLE case of bodily harm from cannabis in all of recorded human history. Even when abused beyond all reason. The only possible damage is from the (easily avoided) smoke but even that is under dispute. Some studies say the smoke is too course to saturate deep lung tissue.

The fact is that nearly EVERY other substance is far more toxic. You can walk into a pharmacy and any OTC pills you pick at random will be far more toxic. Many things you find on a store spice rack are more toxic. Heck, even drinking water has hurt far more people than cannabis.


36 posted on 05/28/2013 7:31:30 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga
>>The main side effect of marijuana is, it causes the patient to believe it is harmless and then spend the rest of their life doing nothing but ingesting and defending it.<<

Cannabis is the safest thing they can abuse....The fact is...The only possible damage is...The fact is...You can walk into a pharmacy...far more toxic. Many things you find...Heck, even drinking water has hurt far more people than cannabis.

Like I said.

37 posted on 05/28/2013 7:38:13 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: varyouga

Don’t muddy this thread with salient points.


38 posted on 05/28/2013 7:44:15 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: varyouga
There have been a grand total of 14 such ER cases in the last 3 years in the entire state of Colorado. I'll bet the only reason it is going up is because parents are no longer afraid to bring their kids in since it is legal. http://www.geekosystem.com/colorado-kids-pot-cookies/

None of the press releases state the period of time for the study. There's only a distinction of before the law and after the law.

A total of 1,378 patients under age 12 were evaluated for unintentional ingestions – 790 before Sept. 30, 2009 and 588 after Oct. 1, 2009. The number of children treated for exposure to marijuana before Sept. 30 was zero. The number from Oct. 1 on was 14 with eight of those coming directly from consuming marijuana food products.
1378 is the total number of ER visits. 14 is probably the number of hospitalizations.
39 posted on 05/28/2013 7:44:33 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: varyouga
These ER visits have all been unnecessary freakouts by hoverparents.

You said yourself that a victim should be monitored for asphyxiation in post 27.

40 posted on 05/28/2013 7:46:27 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

“The number of children treated for exposure to marijuana before Sept. 30 was zero. The number from Oct. 1 on was 14 with eight of those coming directly from consuming marijuana food products.”

Parents were simply not reporting it or covering it up because it was illegal. Do you honestly believe the number was really “zero”?

In any case, we’re talking about 8 kids over almost 3 years and none of them had permanent injury. Practically anything else you find in our world is more dangerous.

And yes, for the patient to be 100% safe they should be monitored for breathing. But unlike with alcohol poisoning, vomiting into the lungs is rare and they need less monitoring. The patient just needs to be lying down properly and away from pillows, bags, etc. There have been no officially recorded cases of someone choking while only on cannabis. The only thing close is when a victim mixed it with plenty of alcohol and choked.


41 posted on 05/28/2013 8:13:14 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
You're funny

-Tell me one thing I said that is not true.

-Name a single edible non-inert consumable that is less toxic than cannabis in unlimited quantities. As I said, even water is more dangerous.

42 posted on 05/28/2013 8:16:34 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga
Parents were simply not reporting it or covering it up because it was illegal. Do you honestly believe the number was really “zero”?

No. That's the number of "treatments," not ER visits.

43 posted on 05/28/2013 8:41:19 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: varyouga

The main side effect of marijuana is, it causes the patient to believe it is harmless and then spend the rest of their life doing nothing but ingesting and defending it.


44 posted on 05/28/2013 10:22:35 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: varyouga; GSWarrior
You're funny

Thank you.

Tell me one thing I said that is not true.

Probably everything is true, it's what you didn't say.

This is America, land of the free...marijuana is a naturally growing plant, made by God. You can make the case that adults should be able to purchase and consume it. It's federal tax revenue would probably justify total elimination of the income tax.

It could replace Obamacare as a federal mandate, same taxation rules, either you provide proof that you are buying pot or pay a fine if you don't. That would properly tax the low information voters and other RATs.

On the other hand; harmful, toxic, addictive or not...children should never be exposed to it. It will affect their development and turn them all into an easily controlled herd of sheeple....

Just like the educRATs are currently grooming your children for the packer/muncher RATs to harvest as sex objects.

45 posted on 05/28/2013 10:44:10 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
“The main side effect of marijuana is, it causes the patient to believe it is harmless and then spend the rest of their life doing nothing but ingesting and defending it.”

Well, because it is harmless and not one single person has been injured by it. If someone wants to spend their entire life consuming it, that is their right in a free nation. Just like people who spend their entire life tinkering with old cars, picking up girls or playing video games. Leave them alone.

Plenty of people are literally killing themselves with booze and junk food as we speak but it entirely within their right to do so. Unlike harmless cannabis, booze and obesity have a 100% medically proven record of causing serious body harm.

By its nature, the drug war is dangerous for all citizens in a free nation. It has been consistently used as a mechanism to strip our personal rights. Right now, anyone can plant a tiny package on someone and charge them with a felony. Holding a few grand in cash can result in a seizure until you prove it's NOT drug money. Anyone’s house can be “SWATed” under the guise of a “confidential informant”. This abuse of power happens all the time and goes unpunished: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2095772/Cowboy-cop-Jason-Arbeeny-planted-crack-couples-car-seat-escapes-jail.html

46 posted on 05/28/2013 10:51:48 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga; Moonman62
varyouga, one thing that you left out in the discussion.

It is still illegal in Colorado and Washington for people under 21 to consume pot.

The law requires that parents protect their children from danger, such as guns and drugs. Many people have been successfully prosecuted for allowing their kids (and non-family members) to gain access to guns or drugs.

We can argue over whether MJ should be legal or illegal, but there is no discussion on the legality of allowing minors to have access (even accidentally) and consuming MJ.

47 posted on 05/28/2013 11:12:56 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: varyouga

I think I said that but:

DON’T GIVE IT TO KIDS!


48 posted on 05/28/2013 11:14:31 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil; a fool in paradise
The kids can't stop giggling. What's the harm in that?


49 posted on 05/28/2013 11:18:20 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Ghost of Jesus Gil
Trying to use these incidents as an argument against decriminalization of marijuana is exactly like trying to use accidental juvenile shootings as an argument for gun control.

You can't make the argument that responsible adults must be denied access to some object because some dopey kid might then have access to it and cause trouble.

It's up to the adults to handle the object safely, and if they don't they should then face the consequences.

This applies to guns, pot, bleach, lighter fluid, razor blades, swimming pools, cars, chainsaws, and a million other things.

50 posted on 05/28/2013 11:21:44 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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