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Maybe you read this article on the Huffington Post last week, the one entitled, “Here Are All The People Who Have Died From A Marijuana Overdose.” If you didn’t, no worries! That’s why we’re here.
In the article, author Nick Wing shares the answer to the question the title implies – zero people have died from a marijuana overdose! In fact, he cites a study that claims 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.
Yes, it’s true. With all the legal battles underway and the constant media references to the War on Drugs, we like to have all the facts.
In an ironic twist at the end of the article, Huffington Post includes a series of photos and stories of fourteen individuals killed not by marijuana, but by the War on Drugs. These stories do not discriminate based on age, gender, ethnicity, religion, employment status, or income level. For instance…
- Veronica and Charity Bowers – Veronica, the 35-year old mother of infant Charity, was a Christian missionary flying over the Amazon in 2001. After receiving information from the CIA that the plane was trafficking narcotics, the Peruvian Air Force shot it down. No narcotics were found, but the Christian missionaries were.
- Rev. Accleyne Williams – Rev. Williams, a 75-year old retired minister, died of a heart attack in 1994 after struggling with 13 members of a masked, heavily armed Boston SWAT team that stormed his apartment. The police later revealed that an informant had given them incorrect information.
- Alberto Sepulveda – Alberto was an 11-year old boy living in the Modesto area of California. A narcotics task force including DEA and FBI agents had been warned about Alberto’s father – that he may be “armed and dangerous.” After the police broke into the Sepulveda home, Alberto and his family were ordered to lie face down on the floor as officers pointed guns at their heads. Moments later, one of the officers fired his gun, killing 11-year-old Alberto Sepulveda from point-blank range. There were no drugs or guns in the Sepulveda home.
These are only snippets of the stories shared at the Huffington Post, but we encourage you to read them all here. Stay informed! And as always, keep us posted on your stories, news, and events!