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Pot Cookie Blamed for Death of 19-Year Old

    April 2, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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Although not a single person has ever died from a marijuana overdose, the drug is being blamed for the death of a 19-year old college student.

Levi Thamba Pongi, a native of the Republic of Congo, was visiting Denver on spring break with his friends, one of which legally purchased a marijuana cookie in one of Colorado’s recreational pot shops.

After eating the cookie, Pongi “exhibited hostile behavior,” pulling things off of the hotel walls and speaking erratically before going outside and jumping off of the balcony.

The marijuana concentration in Pongi’s blood was 7.2 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood. Colorado law says that a user is impaired if their blood contains more than 5 nanograms per milliliter.

Colorado law also bans the sale of recreational marijuana to those under the age of 21. However, one of Pongi’s friends was old enough to purchase the cookie. No word as to if the friend will face charges.

Pongi’s body was tested for over 200 substances, but his blood only tested positive for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

“This was not a suicide, and he was not a regular drug user,” said Michelle Weiss-Samaras, a spokesperson for the Denver coroner’s office.

The Denver Police are still investigating the death, which they are calling an accident, but the autopsy lists the cause as “multiple injuries due to a fall from height” and says that “marijuana intoxication is a significant contributing factor.”

Though scientific studies have not been able to prove that marijuana use leads to violent behavior and suicidal thoughts, some groups still continue to fight the war against it, despite the fact that research has suggested that THC has therapeutic value to patients suffering from AIDS and cancer.

However, while marijuana-related death remains extremely low (13 of the 15 related to other factors, and the remaining 2 related to pre-existing health problems) the total number of alcohol-induced deaths exceeded 25,000 in 2010.

Pongi, an exchange student, was studying engineering at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.

Northwest said in a statement, “The Northwest College campus community continues to grieve after Levy’s death. All of us were deeply saddened by this tragic incident and feel for his family.”


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  • Scott

    Sometimes people jump off the balcony because they’re crazy.
    Sometimes people jump because they’re stupid.
    Sometimes they just slip.

    Some people can’t drink without punching someone out.

    I went to a party in San Francisco once with blindfolded drunks swinging a baseball bat at a pinata on a crowded Twin Peaks apartment building roof (no railing and a 50-foot drop-off). Remember that party Mike W’air?

    See how these scary roofs work? Sheer drop-off.

    Legalizing marijuana is a stupid idea because we don’t need more stoned people. It’s not a stupid idea because it’s deadly. True, some stoned people will die because they’re too damn dizzy to stand up and they trip and slide into a wood chipper. But it’s not pot’s fault and it’s not Colorado’s fault.

    Legalizing pot might turn out to be a means for a sort of super-human artificial selection. Make pot available to everyone and slowly alter humanity by ridding us of those who get stoned and die. Natural selection weeded out those of us who tended toward eating poison berries before trying to reproduce. Maybe legal marijuana will do the same, but on a faster evolutionary track.

    Until now we’ve never been able to correlate pot with deadly accidents. Someone swallows a cat toy at a pot-party and chokes to death–HIDE YOUR STASH and OPEN ALL THE WINDOWS TO VENTILATE. By the time the cops get there, it’s a freak accident. No pot anywhere. Legalizing pot means everyone doesn’t hide the drugs after the deadly accident. Now that pot is legal we’ll be able to track those deadly accidents that happen while pot is being used, but it won’t mean pot is any more deadly now that it was.

    Getting stoned is stupid. Eating your way to intoxication is stupid. Ingesting anything that dramatically alters your brain’s chemistry is stupid. Serving cake laced with drugs is stupid. But history is full of stupid people doing stupid things. Even smart people do stupid things.

    What aggravates me much more than people doing stupid things is people NOT taking responsibility for their stupid behavior.

    Related note: Legalized pot will help police more accurately determine when deadly car accidents are attributable to blood-THC levels. Having pot available for legal use at all parties will increase the number of pot-related car crashes, but it will also push authorities to develop better on-the-spot blood-THC measuring tools. And it will certainly increase police awareness of stoned driving characteristics resulting in more stoned driving arrests.

    What do you think? Is pot a killer drug?

    See this comment on my blog at…

    http://scotthumphrey.blogspot.com/2014/04/sometimes-people-jump-off-balconies.html

    • shelli

      OMG this was sooooo long and all over the place.. I think you may need to smoke a J and calm down… the fact hey are contributing this to pot was bound to happen. It’s absolutely ridiculous.. I have NEVER witness anyone smoke weed, and I’ve seen ALOT, act that way after smoking.. it’s acutally the opposite.. hungry happy sleepy.. that’s it

    • Guest

      I think you’re a bitchmade faggot. Nobody cares about your gay fucking rant.

  • Stanton Brasher

    This headline should read “Man dies after falling from balcony…Also, Weed Cookies are the Bomb.”

  • misdirection

    How’s tobacco any different? Millions of people die per year from tobacco alone. Yet CNN doesn’t report on that one. Shame on you CNN, you’re so biased! Did the pharmacy pay you doolins of dollars in your pocket to publish this such nonsense? I bet.

  • Chuck U Farley

    If Pot was to blame and this logic was actually sound, then why didn’t his other friends jump as well? Because correlation doesn’t equal causation. I thought we all learned this back in middle school?

    • Northern_Lights

      You hit the nail on the head.