Claim: Dozens of people died of marijuana overdoses on the day recreational use became legal in Colorado or Oregon.
Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization? Any truth to this?
[Collected via e-mail, November 2014]
I find this extremely hard to believe!
Marijuana Overdoses Kill 46 In Oregon During First Week Of Legalization
Origins: On 2 January 2014, the Daily Currant published an article positing that over three dozen people had died of marijuana overdoses on 1 January 2014, the day recreational use became legal in Colorado:
According to a report in the Rocky Mountain News, 37 people were killed
"It's complete chaos here," says Dr. Jack Shepard, chef of surgery at St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, "I've put five college students in body bags since breakfast and more are arriving every minute.
"When was the last time you heard of someone overdosing on beer? All these pro-marijuana groups should be ashamed of themselves. The victims' blood is on their hands."
As noted in the Daily Currant's "About" page, that web site deals strictly in satire:
Q. Are your news stories real?
A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.
According to a report in the The Oregonion, 46 people were killed across the state since weed became legal earlier this week. Reports from MSNBC indicate there has also been 23 deaths in Alaska, and a staggering 89 in Washington DC.
Several more marijuana victims are clinging onto life in local emergency rooms and are not expected to survive.
"It's complete chaos here, I've never seen anything like it," says