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Pot brownies sicken several in Orange County

Brownie Several people who ate pot brownies in Huntington Beach on Friday felt so ill that they were sent to the hospital, police said.

About four to five people eating at a restaurant on Main Street near Beach Boulevard complained of difficulty breathing and hallucinations, Huntington Beach police said. They asked paramedics to send them to the hospital. The pot brownies were purchased at a medical marijuana dispensary.

Because those who complained of illness had medical marijuana cards, police did not consider the illnesses to be a criminal issue, said Huntington Beach Police Lt. Craig Bryant.

Eating marijuana can produce more unpleasant reactions than inhaling it, according to the National Institutes of Health.  A person smoking marijuana can feel the drug's effects in seconds or minutes, allowing the user to stop inhaling when they begin to feel unpleasant side effects.

But it can take 30 to 60 minutes for people who ingest marijuana -- in a brownie, for example -- to feel the drug's effects.

"These effects add up and last longer, making unpleasant reactions more likely," according to the health institute's website.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: Los Angeles Times

 
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thats what i call a lousy cook

Marijuana is not a hallucinogen.

Is this what "medical marijuana" was meant for? All these idiots eating pot brownies at a restaurant and having a bad trip? I'm sure their "medical" reasons were all valid. I mean.. after all they were out at night having a good time at a restaurant and all. Not really bedridden with nausea.

Is this what we want here in California? The abuse of this law is simply unfathomable.

Too high is not ill, it is TOO HIGH......lol

It's true, eating Cannabis is different than smoking it. Because you don't feel the effects immediately when eaten, people will eat alot of something, thinking "I'm not feeling it yet, so I must not have eaten enough". Before too long though the effects set in and bam, you're mighty stoned.

This is why truthful education about Cannabis will always be the better, safer, solution to prohibition.

"Pot brownies" will continue to do harm to people who eat them. Marijuana laced foods are not reportable to the F.D.A., therefore they will aways be unregulated and unasfe to eat so long as they are permitted for use. Folks who eat these things should always remember that there is a reason some of us are against Marijuana legalization. The example in this article is one of those many reasons. It is a drug that will not improve longterm health, mental and otherwise, nor will it contribute to the increase of the quality of life.

"therefore they[pot brownies] will aways be...unasfe to eat so long as they are permitted for use."

LIE.

"Folks who eat these things should always remember that there is a reason some of us are against Marijuana legalization The example in this article is one of those many reasons."

Really?...people got too high so that's a reason huh?...your uneducated and delirious.

"It is a drug that will not improve longterm health, mental and otherwise, nor will it contribute to the increase of the quality of life."

LIE. You are a liar sir. You need to go read some books. Your not a doctor, and you don't seem to have any idea of what your talking about, and perpetuating myth and lie. I have bi-polar disorder and marijuana has helped me, it may have stopped me from commiting suicide, so your wrong. One person proved you wrong.

Further, you are not God...so you have no authority to tell me I can't grow a plant.

Why would I listen to a child afraid of certain species?

And we shouldn't listen to the children who claim to illegalize a species of this planet when they have no such authority--it is false!

It's too bad our society is so out of touch with it's own reality, and people have to call 911 when they have a strong psychedelic trip. Marijuana is obviously not for everyone. And probably should be put in the hands of shamans so they can educate everyone and change the world for the better with their powerful shamanic knowledge, unknown to most. But we live in cukoo land where plants are illegal, enforced by mindless thugs called the DEA.

You, humanity, have no idea what the effects are of illegalizing certain species are...it may be the difference between heaven and hell--the difference between a nightmare and a dream.

Silly pot heads. Rather than smoke your dope you ate it? First pesticides in the dope you smoke now food poisoning when you eat your dope. I am laughing so hard I am rolling on the ground!

This is why you have to be careful with medicine. These people were already very ill as evidenced by their medical marijuana cards. Nothing could help them except taking their medicine in brownie form. It's just like how we take grape flavored dimetap or cherry flavored cough drops.

If anything, these people should sue the pharmacist and the dispensary for not clearly labeling their medicine with directions or for possibly providing tainted medicine. Remember when Tylenol recalled those funny smelling pills?

Since marijuana is not a hallucinogen, either that dispensary did something, the marijuana was bad, the restaurant slipped them shrooms, or no one warned them of harmful drug interactions. I feel a class action lawsuit coming on. You can't just give bad medicine to sick people, it's not moral.

This is why you have to be careful with medicine. These people were already very ill as evidenced by their medical marijuana cards. Nothing could help them except taking their medicine in brownie form. It's just like how we take grape flavored dimetap or cherry flavored cough drops.

If anything, these people should sue the pharmacist and the dispensary for not clearly labeling their medicine with directions or for possibly providing tainted medicine. Remember when Tylenol recalled those funny smelling pills?

Since marijuana is not a hallucinogen, either that dispensary did something, the marijuana was bad, the restaurant slipped them shrooms, or no one warned them of harmful drug interactions. I feel a class action lawsuit coming on. You can't just give bad medicine to sick people, it's not moral.

this is not news.

Yes marijuana is a hallucinogen...Albeit a very mild one...

Alex, your statement doesn't make any sense...

"Marijuana laced foods are not reportable to the F.D.A., therefore they will aways be unregulated and unasfe to eat so long as they are permitted for use."

Cannabis based foods COULD BE reportable to the FDA, that's what the anti-prohibition movement is fighting for. Most products that are 'permitted for use,' like aspirin or apple juice, are inspected and regulated by a government agency.
Why shouldn't that be the case with medicinal cannabis? Legalization=regulation.

It will be nice when people start thinking before crusading.....

Alex, so is high fructose corn syrup. But that is legal.

I can't believe this made the LA Times, nothing else to report from the OC? Really?

Listen, Dorks: pot never causes 'difficulty breathing'. The opposite is true; it dilates the bronchial tubes, thus can be used with coffee to control asthma. As far as I know, it doesn't cause hallucinations, either. Anyone stop to think that maybe one of the OTHER ingredients in the brownies was bad? Maybe some moldy nuts made their way into the batter, hmm? Of course not. That would make sense.

in regards to just the "refer madness" comments below

yes, one case of bad pot brownies serves as a universal generalization of the hellish harms of marijuana. so many professional people including PHD holders, engineers smoke just as much weed as a laid back stoner.

Keep your fears for yourself, watch your own kids, and let other adults run their own ish

This article is a HOAX. It has been written in collusion with city officials to attempt to create fear and support for their recent actions in Orange County to eliminate "safe access" to MMJ Medicines.

This never happened, it is a false story and the sources are unreliable. No names were mentioned, nor, were there any follow up conclusions as to how these people ended up.

Another non-news marijuana story.......
Obviously the cook put too much THC in it...yet nobody died. I would bet the consumers injested a weeks worth of weed in one sitting .
Can we say the same about alcohol, or any other recreational drug?
Legalize it already.

Addendum to last comment...

Unfortunately the false article was released on the newswire services and grabbed up by the media outlets.

How absurd that 3 to 4 people (which is it? 3 or 4 people?) approached paramedics that happened to be responding to a call at a local restaurant for some unrelated incident. They simply approached the paramedics all of them and sought help in rather than go directly to a hospital. Additionally, surely they were less than relunctant to quickly admit to whomever was near that they had consumed pot brownies.

Additionally equally fantastically amazing is the fact that the news media was co quick to grab this report on such a minor incident in our great city of millions, compose and publish the article within minutes of the incident.

to Alex Datig: You have a narrow minded view. Some enjoy cannabis like fine wine, collecting and breeding special strains for taste, sleep-inducing properties, physical pain numbing effects, and appetite stimulation among many other uses.

Perhaps Cannabis is not for you, Alex, but trust me when I say that it is a big part of some people's lives. Cannabis has contributed greatly to the quality of my life, personally speaking. Used correctly in the privacy of my home it eases a lot of my physical neck, back, shoulder pain as well as my anxiety and fears.

I'm almost 50 years old. Pot brownies have been around since before I was born.

But I still think a couple idiots who don't know what they are doing and take too much of this stuff in public like that deserve what they get.

Just like, ahem Alcohol.

What a media hype this article is about pot brownies.

I have eaten edible pot products and NEVER HAD A PROBLEM.

JUST LIKE WITH ANY FOOD, if it has bad eggs or bad butter or ? in it that could be causing the problem.

Settle down folks most people who bake for the dispensaries are conscientious about what they do and do not want to get people SICK.

Their goal is to help, not hurt.

How many people get sick all the time at restaurants and bakeries that DO NOT HAVE POT IN THEIR PRODUCTS? ALOT!!!

Think clearly about this....

I got the cruise ship virus ( norwalk virus ) from a fancy hotel in Santa Barbara one time and their was no pot in the food just a germ that kicked my ass, because someone did not wash their hands after going to the bathroom.
That is more of a problem that pot in baked goods.
Non hand washing then preparing food.
Eeeeewwww!
YUCK!!!

To those who believe this is an example of why pot should not be legal for medical use, other prescription drugs come with risks and side effects also. I can think of a couple instances when just friends or family have had to go to the hospital due to drug reactions.

As for those who would use this as an example of why pot should not be legalized in general, alcohol poisoning sends many to the hospital, it just doesn't make the news.

To those who believe this is an example of why pot should not be legal for medical use, other prescription drugs come with risks and side effects also. I can think of a couple instances when just friends or family have had to go to the hospital due to drug reactions.

As for those who would use this as an example of why pot should not be legalized in general, alcohol poisoning sends many to the hospital, it just doesn't make the news.

Sounds like someone used a recipe from 1968 using ingredients from 2010...

 
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