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With recreational pot now for sale in Colorado and widespread confusion over a recent satirical story that jokingly claimed 37 people had already died of a marijuana overdose, we figured it might be about time to update our weed death count.


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Gail Ring (89)
Monday January 6, 2014, 8:54 am
they should never have allowed this to happen.. weed is lethal and dangerous.. causes the same effects as smoking and mental disorders.... a bad decison

Kit B (276)
Monday January 6, 2014, 8:56 am
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With recreational pot now for sale in Colorado and widespread confusion over a recent satirical story that jokingly claimed 37 people had already died of a marijuana overdose, we figured it might be about time to update our weed death count.

So, here's a a GIF that still accurately shows all of the people who have died after overdosing on pot:

**** See picture at site ****

Yeah, not a single person has ever died from a weed overdose. We don't have numbers on pandas, but we're guessing it's about the same. According to one frequently cited study, a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying.

Last summer, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government wouldn't intervene as Colorado and Washington state implement plans for a system of legalized marijuana for adults. The decision opened the floodgates for other states to pursue similar legalization efforts and outraged police groups apparently not excited to see a shift away from the failed war on drugs.

In a joint letter written to Holder at the time, law enforcement organizations warned that his move would lead to more crime, violence and even death.

While high driving may be a concern, Colorado, Washington and federal authorities have all taken steps to keep people off the road after using marijuana. The two states both have their own restrictions, and Holder said in his statement that the DOJ would still prosecute individuals or entities to prevent "drugged driving."

The police groups also made a number of additional controversial claims that marijuana use itself leads to violent behavior, suicidal thoughts and interest in harder drugs. Scientific studies have not been able to prove this causation conclusively, however, and research has also suggested that THC has significant therapeutic value to patients suffering from cancer, AIDS or glaucoma.

None of this is to say that the nation doesn't struggle with broader issues of drug and alcohol abuse and overdose. Drug policy reformers and activists gathered around the world last year to discuss the overdose epidemic. In 2010, overdoses were responsible for 38,329 deaths. Sixty percent of those were related to prescription drugs. In the same year, a total of 25,692 persons died of alcohol-induced causes, including accidental poisoning and disease from dependent use.

By: Nick Wing | Huffington Post |

Please take this for HUMOR that is intended.

Kit B (276)
Monday January 6, 2014, 8:58 am

********HUMOR******* No One has died from Marijuana overdose******

Kit B (276)
Monday January 6, 2014, 9:02 am

Chaz, please do some research. You obviously have no idea about the facts involved.

Maria Cristina A (119)
Monday January 6, 2014, 9:09 am
I second Kit. Chaz, do some research, please. You may not like the flavour or efects of weed PERSONALLY, but that's all. A pack of cigarettes is many times more harmful that a "pack of joints" could ever be on its own (or even, I might add, a sixpack). Note that I'm not talking about driving under the influence, for that is another matter entirelly.

Maria Cristina A (119)
Monday January 6, 2014, 9:10 am
Anyway... loved the pandas gif! LOL

Past Member (0)
Monday January 6, 2014, 9:50 am
Thanks for picking up where John Cause left off.

Connie O (45)
Monday January 6, 2014, 10:22 am
From working in a medical environment, I have seen drug users that started with marijuana, but after awhile the "high" was not high enough. They then graduated to cocaine and heroin...and several died from those drugs. I also question cellular damage to the body.
I would not like to run into anyone high on pot that is driving...just as dangerous as alcohol.

JL A (281)
Monday January 6, 2014, 10:32 am
Many prescriptions also include warnings about driving or operating other equipment. Criminal justice approaches have put violence into the equation (cartels, gangs) where it is unlikely to otherwise be. Treating this as a health issue should be more cost effective and a prescription for marijuana vs. other controlled substances may well do less damage to the body and pose less risk according to the research. Law enforcement often prefers strategies that are ineffective or actually makes things worse when evaluated (e.g., DARE and Scared Straight programs).

Kit B (276)
Monday January 6, 2014, 10:37 am

The "high" and even smoking marijuana is not the best way to use it for medicinal purposes. I do not ease to be amazed at the wealth of ignorance about Marijuana, but the propaganda machine deserves a nod for spreading worthless information.

I have submitted many, articles about the attributes of using marijuana for health reasons, using the cannabinoids and not the THC. Though to be clear, if you want to get high, go for it. You will probably have a case of the munchies, you should not drive; pot makes you a slow driver with a slower reaction time. There is so much bad information that it takes many efforts to make people realize that every thing they think they know is almost always wrong.

Contrary to much loved and popular myth - Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug. The is no cellular damage other than those invasive cells called cancer.

Terry King (113)
Monday January 6, 2014, 11:50 am
I think I may have died of a marijuana overdose in 1968 but I'm better now.

Kit B (276)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:03 pm

Death by Marijuana, it may take years to overcome. Better than what, Terry?

Kit B (276)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:09 pm

Scientists Discover How Cannabis Slows Alzheimer's Disease

How Weed Can Protect Us From Cancer and Alzheimer's

Marijuana: The Next Diabetes Drug?

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I Changed My Mind on Weed


Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:11 pm
First of all one would fall asleep before they ODed on pot.

Bea friends Kindly (22)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:12 pm
"Great article, enjoyed the controversy over the HERB : ) Thanks for posting

Past Member (0)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:20 pm
You might die LYAO!!
I'm not dead, I'm not addicted to hard drugs, I don't drive high, I've never been arrested ~ and, golly, does this stuff work great for cramps!!
No it's not a gateway drug and no, it's nowhere near as bad as alcohol. The only problem with pot is that someone decided it should be illegal. And someone's taking that one to the bank.............

Past Member (0)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:20 pm
I'm not dead, I'm not addicted to hard drugs, I don't drive high, I've never been arrested ~ and, golly, does this stuff work great for cramps!!
No it's not a gateway drug and no, it's nowhere near as bad as alcohol. The only problem with pot is that someone decided it should be illegal. And someone's taking that one to the bank.............


Terry King (113)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:20 pm
Tony Romo.

Kathleen R (138)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:31 pm
Noted & read ... thanks Kit

Winn A (179)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:31 pm
Thanks for the info.

Dianne D (490)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:34 pm
How many people have been killed by someone who was driving while under the influence of Marijuana? I think in my city, it's already close to 100 this year. I can't imagine what it's going to be like to have children raised by parents who smoke marijuana, let alone let the child and pets breathe in the smoke. These types of individuals usually only care about satisfying themselves and don't care for others.

Dot A (182)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:35 pm
~~~ from a comment off the web ~~~
Wrong, people have died from marijuana usage. Many have killed themselves, unable they were to deal with the consequences of their smoking.
Writing and telling lies is not going to change the reality of mj damages.
Interestingly, mj smokers lose their ability to discriminate between reality and their imagination. This article is a result of that pathology.
Denial is the other big problem with those patients.

~~~ from Andre D. (monpato) ~~~

*** personal observations ***
From my own memory of those who had a strong habit of getting high with pot, those young people aged into rather un-adaptable adults who lapse into depressive states with every life crisis, and depended upon some chemical band aid to get them through each trial of living. Many cannot not find enjoyment unless they are induced by outside substances. The issue which is compounded is the ability to stabilize one's own emotional well being and respond to situations and relationships with a resilient nature and offer a 'real' mature approach to life. Too often I've observed that my acquaintances from decades ago are now steeped in depression or fogged by some kind of self medication (or prescription by a doctor).

This takes its toll on healthy relationships and responsible behavior. If anyone has read the book, "Brave New World" the author cautions us about the desire to escape from the difficulties of life.

I doubt that there will be very many who will read this
with any seriousness of mind as well, (the modern society wants 'uppers and
downers' to navigate their emotional lives)
but for those who work at developing into clear minded, adaptable, resilient adulthood, perhaps this is just a song that came from the choir.

Lives can be lost while still living,...

Mandi T (366)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:40 pm
Interesting post Kit. I love the posts back and forth here especially "Terry King" LOL :-)

Kit B (276)
Monday January 6, 2014, 12:56 pm

No people have not died from Marijuana - but many have been cured by using the cannabinoids within the plant. Nor are people physically addicted, they may be become psychologically addicted, but one can become psychologically addicted to anything. Tests have compared driving under the influence of Marijuana to those under the influence of alcohol, neither is good, but those intoxicated by Marijuana are not speeding and are not aggressive.

The most important element about all of this is that for the past 70 years we have been denied the very real, proven medical benefits of an inexpensive cure to numerous diseases.

This was posted for humor - I sure wish some would realize that and read the article for what is it meant to be. If you fear Marijuana don't use it, but it will legal and used in hospitals within the next decade.

divergent revolution (309)
Monday January 6, 2014, 1:12 pm
Cynical people, it's not the medicine, it's the people.
They are using marijuana to cure alcoholism because drunk is worlds away from high.Find out more before succumbing to biased reports about the medicine.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday January 6, 2014, 1:21 pm
Noted w/thanks for the additional info, Kit.
Seems to me that people should consider whether alcohol was involved in those car accidents. People may have had THC in their systems along with alcohol, but alcohol is the factor. Cannabis generally makes people more cautious while driving, so if an accident is caused, it's because they're moving too slowly. That said, it also seems to me that most do not choose to smoke and then drive. Plus, the effects of THC are reduced quickly, while the effects of alcohol linger a long time. Cannabis also works great on migraines, while pharmaceuticals often have terrible side effects.

Kit B (276)
Monday January 6, 2014, 1:31 pm


1. ) a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement: the humor of a situation.

2. ) the faculty of perceiving what is amusing or comical: He is completely without humor.

3. ) an instance of being or attempting to be comical or amusing; something humorous: The humor in his joke eluded the audience.

4.) the faculty of expressing the amusing or comical: The author's humor came across better in the book than in the movie.

5.) comical writing or talk in general; comical books, skits, plays, etc.


1.) the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

2. ) a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.

3.) a literary genre comprising such compositions.

Satire, lampoon refer to literary forms in which vices or follies are ridiculed. Satire the general term, often emphasizes the weakness more than the weak person, and usually implies moral judgment and corrective purpose: Swift's satire of human pettiness and bestiality. Lampoon refers to a form of satire, often political or personal, characterized by the malice or virulence of its attack: lampoons of the leading political figures.

I hope this helps with the confusion between humor, satire and serious articles.

Ondine J (134)
Monday January 6, 2014, 1:41 pm
Love the Panda gif.Never quite understand what all the hysteria is about, legalise marijuana once and for all !!
Thanks for the post.

Terry King (113)
Monday January 6, 2014, 1:48 pm
If people truly got satire... There would be no Tea Party!

Arielle S (313)
Monday January 6, 2014, 2:21 pm
Lordy, you can die falling in the bath tub - over 100,000 people die going to the hospital for some minor thing every year - How about that poor girl who is brain dead because she had her tonsils out? Pot should be sold much as alcohol is and regulated much as alcohol is. We have all been brainwashed into thinking it is the Great Evil when it actually can do a lot of people some good. In any case, Kit, SOME of us found the article funny.... thanks!

Yvonne White (229)
Monday January 6, 2014, 2:50 pm
You pays your money & you takes your chances!;) "...not a single person has ever died from a weed overdose. We don't have numbers on pandas, but we're guessing it's about the same. According to one frequently cited study, a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying."

Dot A (182)
Monday January 6, 2014, 3:02 pm
I found the pandas adorable, too. It's just that the building I live in now stinks like a dead skunk, and the 'cool' folks (which dominate the student art community that mostly live in this building now,..) cannot live without their smokes.

It stinks to me, and they love it.

Funny stuff~ [ i'm adapting, Rolling on the floor like a panda, Lol ]

divergent revolution (309)
Monday January 6, 2014, 3:11 pm
For fact about why it was made illegal in the first place.
It was the tycoon William Randolph Hearst corporation that was afraid that hemp would replace paper, thus killing the timber industry, specifically the paper industry.
So, side with a tycoon?
Or maybe check that you aren't being scammed.

Birgit W (160)
Monday January 6, 2014, 3:14 pm

Kate Kenner (215)
Monday January 6, 2014, 3:22 pm
Well, if you want a laugh watch Reefer Madness. IT is an old film showing the alleged dangers of smoking pot.

pam w (139)
Monday January 6, 2014, 3:34 pm
I'm an advocate for DECRIMINALIZATION of pot....but, I suspect legalizing it would put more money in the States' coffers!

The idea that a HERB....can be illegal is just ridiculous!

Chaz....I'm sorry for you.

Kit B (276)
Monday January 6, 2014, 4:14 pm

One million in taxes from day one in Colorado. I'm not found of the smell of weed, but I have a friend that smokes e-cigarettes that smell like juicy fruit gum. Yuck!

Joanne D (37)
Monday January 6, 2014, 4:15 pm
Pam, yes, that was one reason to legalize it was to put more money in the state's coffers specifically to be used for education and a few other earmarks. Earmarks chosen by the people. So far the biggest danger seems to be running out of it.

It does always amaze me what people will believe without evidence.

Sandi C (96)
Monday January 6, 2014, 5:30 pm

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 6, 2014, 5:47 pm
..really,nothing to add to these hilarious and fantastic comments here-including the story itself! Thanks Kit! :D
(I think i can nearly get high even just listening to the CONTINUOUS TV programs on the matter ;)
...and I sure would love to see THAT JOINT with those 20-40k times as much THC in it -LMAO )

Ken O (55)
Monday January 6, 2014, 5:48 pm
OK, some people may have died from smoking pot but they've more than likely choked to death on Dorito's while suffering a paroxysm of laughter. As far as anyone dying in an Auto accident due to inebriation caused by Pot, it never happened. Maybe a combination of pot and alcohol but not pot by itself. Anyone driving a car on pot knows that you drive under the speed limit and veerryy cautiously, watching out the whole time for cops. Anyone who thinks differently has never smoked pot. I knew a first mate on a container vessel who was told by his captain, after bailing out on a drug seminar, that "If I have a bunch of guys on the fantail drinking booze eventually somebody gets ticked off and goes and gets a fireaxe, big problem. If I have a bunch of guys on the fantail smoking pot eventually someone gets up and gets. . . a guitar, no problem."

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Monday January 6, 2014, 8:15 pm
Glad to see that you are still with us Terry King!

Dianne D, people drive drunk and kill far more people, anyone driving impaired (on anything including some prescription drugs) is not responsible, but there are also millions of people who drink and never drive, so I imagine that goes for pot as well.

I can't stand the smell of the stuff, smells like burnt rope but I know some who are on it for medical reasons and with all the drugs out there like heroin and the like, it appears that law enforcement wastes a lot of time going after pot than devoting their time going after other drugs. I read that there are a lot of Americans in jail for minor pot violations.


TomCat S (127)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 2:05 am
I damn near laughed myself to death around 45 years ago.

Inge B (201)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 2:58 am
No one dies, they live!!!!!


Phil P (94)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 6:18 am
War on drugs was and is an abhorrent failure. We have Nixon to thank for starting it. The only thing its produced is trigger happy law enforcement agencies with an eye to collecting other peoples property to keep their BS going.

Bob P (394)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 8:51 am
Thanks Kit

Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 10:27 am
A couple of things I have to add to the 'conversation'. While a tiny shift is beginning to show, one can expect the 'negative' research results to continue to out number the 'positive' results for ONE big and I do mean Gargantuan, the DOJ and DEA and their control of the FDA have ABSOLUTE control over which research projects are legally allowed to have and use cannabis for research. Now regardless of your opinions on the mental capabilities of those bureaucrats in charge of the War on Drugs, bureaucrats are very, very good at keeping their jobs and the money flowing. Hence those with proposals for research that Justifies the continued criminalization of cannabis get the cannabis they want to prove the danger of cannabis while those with proposals for research that prove its safety and efficacy in any way are barred from legal access to cannabis for their research.
Now as the lie about traffic deaths. From the Boston Globe, Aug. 11, 2013 by Chris Berdik: 'But applied to Massachusetts's most recent traffic fatalities statistics the study's findings roughly translate to about 35 lives saved per year...' this is following the MA legalization of Medical Cannabis. "... had a smaller effect on deaths in crashes where alcohol was not a factor - a 7% drop on average compared to a 13% drop where both alcohol and cannabis were involved...the drop in deaths was more robust among young adults, 20-40, especially males and even higher on nights and weekends." I have to add that this study is not an outlier for states with legal medical cannabis, it is just the most recent I know about.
Now as to the pap about suicide and depression being espoused. The studies that purport to equate cannabis use with depression and suicide are nearly all meta-analysis studies, meta-analysis is best know for the fact that one can always get the results one wants by this I mean if you give the exact same data to X number of meta-analysis groups each with a different ideology each will be able to prove their point. The one study that has stayed with me is from Sweden in 2010, which is not a meta-analysis, covered 50,000 people and used 30 years of death records. The conclusions included "unlikely" as to a cause and effect between cannabis and suicide; and most tellingly "... we can pretty much rule out a strong effect of cannabis on long term risk of suicide... less consistent and overall weaker relationship between cannabis use and depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and suicide."
And let's cut the bull, the anxiety et alia and the fake "gateway" status of cannabis has everything to do with its "illegality" and not the drug itself. If getting caught by law enforcement can end ones business and/or education career etc. one has no problem seeing from where the anxiety, etc. comes and it is not the drug it is the law. When it comes to the Gateway crap, it is not hard to see that the environment where illegal purchases are made from people whom would much rather have customers who are addicted, and I mean actual physical addiction, to more expensive and profitable drugs other than cannabis.
One must also be honest that the War on Drugs, particularly cannabis, was the work of President Tricky Dick, who had a real personal problem with pot in particular caused I suspect, a suspicion proved by the release of the Nixon Tapes, by the fact that most of those 'dirty hippies' that were always harassing him with demonstrations smoked pot. Nixon spent Million on the Shafer Commission Report aka National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, the actual scientific research et alia I do believe is still illegal to print in the US but copies are available from Europe I know having read a copy from the Netherlands in my early college years, because it proved the exact opposite that Nixon required for his was on drugs. Nixon exploded over the First Report for Congress, banned publication in the US, demanded and got another Report that he used to start the War on Drugs. The First Report said such vile and evil things as:
- No significant physical, biochemical, or mental abnormalities can be attributed to only smoking marihuana.
- No verification of a causal relationship between marihuana use and subsequent heroin use.
- In sum, the weight of evidence is that marihuana does not cause violent or aggressive behavior, if anything marihuana serves to inhibit the expression of such behavior.
- Neither the user or the drug itself can be said to constitute a danger to public safety.
All of this went under the rug, just like the 1970 Toronto Study in Canada and the 1944 La Guardia Committee which are also still not available to the Canadian public.
fortunately the most recent Fed sponsored study to prove that there were no medical uses for Cannabis at the UC Center for Medical Research also ended with findings that were the opposite of what the Drug War Lords wanted. Published in the Open Neurology Journal July, 2013 it concludes that Marijuana should be reclassified.

Shawna S (45)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 10:33 am
TFF Kit.I can think of worse ways to die.
Thanks for the daily chuckle with your comments y'all.

June Bostock (50)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 11:55 am

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 4:58 pm
How about a tally on how many people have been stopped from purchasing marijuana, while it is illegal?
The answer is, also, 0.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 5:33 pm

I think thousands of people in jail might beg to disagree, Charlene.

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:38 pm
Let's face it. Legalization is the ONLY method of controlling any type drug or stimulant.
They certainly, are not under control, as we speak.
Any one who thinks that legalizing drugs will make it easier for their purchase, is fooling themselves. They can be purchased, anywhere, any time, just by asking.

Besides, is there any better way to rid our world of drug cartels, corrupt police persons, private prisons, greedy bankers, and pharmaceutical corporations
Yes, BIG BUSINESS gets their cut, too.

Why do you think the conservative right wants to keep them illegal?

Kit B (276)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:48 pm

A re-play of history. Prohibition does not work, but it sure does help create a criminal underground and lots of untaxed revenue.

Miriam AWAY Site issues (61)
Monday December 1, 2014, 8:04 am
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