Medical Marijuana

Can Cannabis be Deadly? Not Unless the DEA is Involved

High Sobriety has, if nothing else, caused a stir and has received much attention. We’re happy for the discourse. Our initial goals were to not only help individuals out of the morass of alcohol and heroin but to also start a dialogue about addiction and treatment in America. America has a long history of criminalizing drug use, it’s an endless war that many argue is more damaging than the drugs from which the war alleges to offer protection. What does that mean in real terms, in actual lives? 

One of the grenades launched at me is “cannabis isn’t harmless”. That is likely true, we never make that claim. We do argue that it is the least harmful of any other form of intoxication. The primary reason being “there is no known lethal dose” which take death off the table. That’s a start, a good start onto the road of meaningful and measurable change. The push back there comes because that statement isn’t exactly scientifically accurate. In theory, it is possible to induce death by ingesting cannabis. The caveat with death by cannabis is that amount that would take. A few hundred pounds within a 15-minute span might do the trick. Are there other ways to die at the hands of weed? Sure, there are. A bail of it could fall on one’s head causing severe injury. Someone could drive or hike a steep cliff while using cannabis and cause an accident. None of these possibilities negate the simple truth that Cannabis is the safest high around. 

What’s the best way to die at the hands of cannabis? The law. Yesterday a Washington post article outlined the number of DEA raids that turned deadly enforcing cannabis laws. Here are some of the real lives ended as reported by Chris Ingram of the Washington Post:

The dead include:

-29-year-old Jason Westcott of Tampa, police who stormed his home and observed him with a firearm. Westcott never fired his gun. The police uncovered a total of .2 grams of marijuana at Westcott’s residence, not enough to fill a typical joint.

-Trevon Cole of Las Vegas, who was targeted for a raid after undercover officers purchased 1.8 ounces of the drug from him. Cole was unarmed, and was shot and killed by an officer as he was trying to flush marijuana down a toilet. His family eventually received a $1.7 million settlement from police.

-Levonia Riggins, also of Tampa, who became the subject of a raid after undercover agents purchased marijuana from him on three occasions. Riggins was in bed at the time of the raid. He didn’t respond to officers’ demands, and when the officers moved toward him Riggins made a quick movement. He was shot and killed. The raid turned out no firearms and a small amount of marijuana.

Consider this, a person could walk into Wal Mart and walk out with a prescription of opiates, a bottle of booze, and a gun and be in perfect compliance with law. One joint can get you killed. 


Author: Joe Schrank, Editor in Chief