By Nigel J. Covington, III
<NationalReport> Local Marijuana addicts in one small high Sierra, California, town have nick-named some “KGB” (Killer Green Bud) the “Deadly Dank,” after the chemically altered Marijuana resulted in the first recorded fatal overdose of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – A compound, C21H30O2, obtained from cannabis or made synthetically and is the primary intoxicant in marijuana and hashish, according to El Dorado County Coroner, Dr. Janet R. Gruber, PhD, whose findings have been confirmed by California Medical Examiner, Dr. Shanti Chopra, M.D.
Dr. Chopra spoke to reporters in Sacramento this morning and said, “People need to understand that this particular strain of cannabis was not naturally grown like the cannabis you find in a medical marijuana outlet. This strain was grown using a chemical process that accelerates THC production on the plant as it grows. It is the first time we have seen THC levels as high as 45% from cannabis.”
According to several medical marijuana outlets I checked with, the typical THC content for their top shelf high grade cannabis is between 22 – 26%. According to Wikipedia, “There has never been a documented human fatality solely from overdosing on tetrahydrocannabinol or cannabis in its natural form, though the synthetic THC pill “Marinol” was cited by the FDA as being responsible for 4 deaths between January 1, 1997 and June 30, 2005.”You can read the government report on these Marinol related fatalities at the follow link: http://www.oregon.gov/Pharmacy/Imports/Marijuana/Public/DeathsFromMarijuanaV17FDAdrugs.pdf
Clearly based on this report and the latest results coming in from California, Marinol the synthetically produced THC kills, and with Marijuana on the street with a THC content as high as 45% proponents can no longer claim Marijuana has never resulted in a single fatality.
Lawmakers will now need to address this latest issue in states that permit the medicinal, or recreational use of Marijuana. In El Dorado County authorities have recovered the marijuana bud that claimed the life of the yet unidentified Pollock Pines resident whose identity has not been released.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s department said in addition to recovering the killer bud, they have identified the grower and have seized several other strains of the fatal drug from his grow operation also located in Pollock Pines.
Authorities have released some images of the toxic Marijuana and have identified the grower as, Randall J. Lang, 36, of Pollock Pines. Though no criminal charges have been filed authorities do want to talk with Lang whose where-a-bouts have remained a mystery since shortly after the fatality was reported in local news two days ago. The investigation is ongoing and charges against Lang are expected to be filed before the end of this week.