Can you die from a marijuana overdose?

by on January 13, 2014

Following a comical satire story which reported that 37 people had died from marijuana overdoses in Colorado on the first day of legalized weed retail, many people across the country have been asking the same question: is it possible to die from a marijuana overdose?

How many people have died from overdosing on marijuana?

As far as we know (and as far as the Huffington Post reports), zero people have ever died from overdosing on marijuana.

But, is it possible?

According to a U.S. Administrative Law hearing from 1988, “a smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.”

To put that amount into perspective, one pound of marijuana yields approximately 900 joints, if 0.5 grams of weed is included in each joint.

So, is it possible for one person to smoke 900 joints in 15 minutes? No one has accomplished such a feat thus far in human history and, though I cannot say with certainty that it’s impossible, it is extremely improbable.

Law Enforcement’s Opinion

In the summer of 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the federal government would not interfere with the plans proposed by Washington and Colorado to legalize marijuana for adults. After his announcement, law enforcement organizations from across the country warned that such an action would “lead to more crime, violence, and even death,” going on to claim that use of the substance results in “violent behavior, suicidal thoughts, and interest in harder drugs.”

Not only is research lacking to support any of the above claims, THC has actually proven to provide “significant therapeutic value to patients suffering from cancer, AIDS, or glaucoma.”

Marijuana DUIs

Though Holder stated that the feds would not intervene with the marijuana laws in CO and WA, he did warn that the DOJ will prosecute entities or individuals when needed to prevent marijuana DUIs.

If you are currently facing charges for a crime involving marijuana in Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Phoenix, Chandler, Tucson, or another AZ city, the drug defense attorneys from JacksonWhite can help decrease your penalties and avoid incarceration. Call us today at 480-818-9943 to schedule a free and private consultation with experienced JacksonWhite drug crimes lawyer, Jeremy Geigle.

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