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Posted by on 01/18/2022

The Truth About Marijuana Overdose

My husband recently got into an argument with a co-worker about marijuana. His friend was of the opinion that marijuana should be legalized and available like alcohol and tobacco. His sole reason for this change was that "marijuana has never killed anyone." According to him, no one has ever overdosed and died on this plant. My husband was rather incredulous and called me at lunch to ask me to check the internet and find out if this was really true. I had my doubts as well. Marijuana has to be illegal for a reason, right? So I began researching. As with many controversial issues, everyone seems to have an opinion about whether marijuana is dangerous or not. However, I wasn't looking for opinions, I was looking for evidence.

Oftentimes for marijuana it seems that the evidence you find depends on which side of the argument you identify with. For example, Schaffer Library of Drug Policy and the Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU) Drug Task Force are both proponents of legalizing marijuana. Both cite the lack overdose deaths as a verification of their cause. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) which is against marijuana published a report in 2002 citing two overdose deaths from marijuana, one in Atlanta and one in Boston. However further research turned up no information about these two deaths. From this data, it seems that my husband's co-worker was right; marijuana hasn't killed anyone from an overdose. As I delved further into this issue though, I discovered that to stop at this point is misleading at best.

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