Comment of the Day

Reader: Probably Hundreds Have Died From Marijuana Overdoses


We recently shared the latest report about marijuana legalization in Colorado from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, an anti-pot organization that receives federal funding.

The group cobbled together stats meant to portray Colorado's marijuana policies as a societal disaster that's wreaking more havoc with each passing day.

Most readers viewed this War on Drugs-era approach as highly dubious.

Take the respondent who reacted to information about the allegedly rising number of marijuana-related hospitalization with a tongue-in-cheek post that had other readers wondering if he was serious or celebrating his sense of humor.


Here's the exchange.

Nathanael Mulder writes:
In all those hospitalizations, I wonder how many of them died from marijuana overdoses? I bet like 50%. Probably hundreds died from marijuana overdoses.
Lance Osburn writes:
Cannabis = 0. Zero.
Dana Thompson writes:
Oh god, I hope this is sarcasm.
Aaron Patterson writes:
It obviously is sarcasm... And quite funny!
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