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Toddler Eats Pot, Passes Out, in Murrieta

The child was found unconscious and unresponsive, his family unable to awaken him, about 10:20 a.m., according to a Murrieta police sergeant.

A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized Saturday when his family found him unconscious and were unable to awaken him, following his ingestion of medical marijuana, authorities said.

The child was found unresponsive about 10:20 a.m., at his home in the 24000 block of Cambria Lane, Murrieta police Sgt. Don Weller said.

It was unclear whether the boy had swallowed the drugs the night before or if he had awakened and gotten into the drugs as his relatives slept.

The sergeant told Patch that there were about six family members in the home when police arrived.

The boy was listed as stable but the investigation was continuing Saturday evening.

Kalie Hartford July 02, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Marijuana is safer than most of the herbs and spices that people keep in their kitchen, so there is nothing to worry about. It only takes 24 Tylenol pills to kill a person. It takes 1,500 pounds of marijuana put into your body within 15 minutes to produce any kind of toxic effect. It is impossible to eat or smoke 1,500 pounds of marijuana within 15 minutes! Marijuana is safer than most herbs and spices! Basil, oregano, and almost all the herbs and spices that you can buy in a grocery store would kill you with a much smaller amount than marijuana. Nutmeg can cause serious hallucinations and brain damage with less than a few ounces. Nutmeg can KILL a person with less than 1 single pound. Marijuana takes 1,500 pounds to harm you. People need to take better precaution at keeping their herbs and spices away from their kids than marijuana! Common herbs people use in everyday cooking have the possibility of causing an overdose if someone consumed enough, marijuana does NOT.
Kalie Hartford July 02, 2012 at 03:59 PM
The kid was NOT unconscious! That is scientifically impossible. Using large amounts of indica marijuana can make a person fall into a deep sleep because indica varieties of marijuana make you TIRED. If someone is tired enough, it is hard to wake them up. It is a good thing the parents used marijuana instead of a common pain killer because if it was anything else the boy would be dead! Marijuana is safer than most of the herbs and spices that people keep in their kitchen, so there is nothing to worry about. It only takes 24 Tylenol pills to kill a person. It takes 1,500 pounds of marijuana put into your body within 15 minutes to produce any kind of toxic effect. It is impossible to eat or smoke 1,500 pounds of marijuana within 15 minutes! Marijuana is safer than most herbs and spices! Basil, oregano, and almost all the herbs and spices that you can buy in a grocery store would kill you with a much smaller amount than marijuana. Nutmeg can cause serious hallucinations and brain damage with less than a few ounces. Nutmeg can KILL a person with less than 1 single pound. Marijuana takes 1,500 pounds to harm you. People need to take better precaution at keeping their herbs and spices away from their kids than marijuana! Common herbs people use in everyday cooking have the possibility of causing an overdose if someone consumed enough, marijuana does NOT.
Shawn Michael Bennett July 02, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Stupid parents, ridiculous comments made by uneducated people that watch to many tv shows. I don't smoke but I am smart enough to do some research before I open my mouth. As an alternative to smoking, cannabis may be consumed orally. However, the cannabis or its extract must be sufficiently heated or dehydrated to cause decarboxylation of its most abundant cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, into psychoactive THC. The child probably ate a cooked editable not raw "Medical Marijuana". I would like to add that there are far more dangerous products under your sink than eating some raw pot. Loosen up people, whether we smoke it or not its here to stay.
The sunlight hurts my eyes July 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Thank you for your informative story of what happens when a "dig" ingests marijuana. I liked the part where you said, "as a vet tech ". I'm glad your TWO years of intense schooling was beneficial in your prognosis.Please explain the negative health factors of second hand marijuana smoke as compared to cigarettes. Looking forward to your response :)
LBV Collins July 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
6. 2009 - causes of death - annual causes of death by cause [1] Cause of death: Number All causes: 2,436,652 Cardiovascular diseases: 779,367 Malignant neoplasms: 568,668 Lack of Health Insurance: 44,789 Drug induced: 37,485 Suicide: 36,547 Motor vehicle accidents: 36,284 Septicemia (infections): 35,587 By Firearms: 31,224 Accidental poisoning: 30,504 Alcohol induced: 23,199 Homicide: 16,591 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): 9,424 Viral hepatitis: 7,652 Cannabis (Marijuana): 0 1. http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/30
LBV Collins July 02, 2012 at 08:31 PM
21. (1998 - causes of death - marijuana safety) [2] "3. The most obvious concern when dealing with drug safety is the possibility of lethal effects. Can the drug cause death? "4. Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality. "5. This is a remarkable statement. First, the record on marijuana encompasses 5,000 years of human experience. Second, marijuana is now used daily by enormous numbers of people throughout the world. Estimates suggest that from twenty million to fifty million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. "6. By contrast aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year. "7. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50. The LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana's LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.
LBV Collins July 02, 2012 at 08:31 PM
"8. At present it is estimated that marijuana's LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response. "9. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity." 1. http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/30
LBV Collins July 02, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Hi Steve. I understood the question to be, "How many people have died from acute marijuana toxicity?" To the best of my knowledge, the answer is "zero." And if you say you have personal knowledge of someone who abused drugs and then committed suicide,... okay, I can accept that. (Though I suspect the drug abuse was a symptom of deeper issues, and those deeper issues are what most likely resulted in the suicide.) And it seems we're on the same page regarding marijuana: Legalize it, regulate it, and tax it. I think this is a much saner, more pragmatic approach to dealing with marijuana abuse.
Cathy Neumann-Bearse July 03, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Kind of sad .. I had such high hopes for this city!
LBV Collins July 03, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Yes, Cathy, the City is doomed.... DOOMED, I say!
Esoteric Knowledge July 03, 2012 at 04:35 AM
SoCalFTW: Life threating? I'd like some kind of evidence. I can't take your word for it because governments all over the world have been trying to find something wrong with marijuana for decades and can't find anything wrong with it. Water is more dangerous.
Esoteric Knowledge July 03, 2012 at 04:39 AM
But you have no problem with a pharmaceutical drug used for those problems? If so, why do you think that is? Maybe because you are prejudice?
Esoteric Knowledge July 03, 2012 at 04:45 AM
And why do people need to be productive in life? Because they can get into heaven maybe? Is salvation gained by being productive in life, or good works? I believe the latter. Please do me a favor and look up Protestant Work Ethic and Calvinism, and understand the history of why you are so intolerant of other people.
Esoteric Knowledge July 03, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Well, actually, marijuana users are not allowed jobs in many cases. So socially institutionalized discrimination bolsters your animosity and bigotry.
Esoteric Knowledge July 03, 2012 at 05:00 AM
I think accidents happen in a safe home where a child is being cared for.
Esoteric Knowledge July 03, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Is Fox News telling you about the horror of masses of people abusing the welfare system?
stupidity irks me July 03, 2012 at 05:28 AM
This has nothing to do with religion Esoteric Knowledge and bottom line is this.... parents should be charged with neglect for allowing their kid to get near whatever drug it is he or she ingested. Bottom line, do your drugs, drink your alcohol or smoke your pot but keep it out of the reach of kids. I don't really know alot about pot, I am against it myself but as long as it does not effect me or my family, I don't care who smokes it, ingests it or whatever else you can do with the stuff. I didn't like it when I tried it so it's not for me. To each is own but the kid should not have had access to it! The parents need to be charged with neglect and endangerment regardless if marijuana is dangerous or not. And to whomever asked about facts on welfare systems. How many people do you know on welfare who are pot users? Meth addicts or alcoholics or even illegal with 40 kids? Too many to count.....
Paul July 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
There are now 17 states plus Washington DC that have legalized medical marijuana. Some of those are still processing applications for state approved dispensaries or grow areas. Washington DC Department of Health has just approved the first four dispensaries. Maine now has eight state licensed dispensaries operating. You were correct that recently it was 14 states, but three more joined recently even in the face of warning letters from federal prosecutors that state employees should not be issuing licenses for state approved facilities. Recently added states include Rhode Island in May 2012 and Connecticut in June 2012.
Paul July 03, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Some persons who posted here do not realize that years ago marijuana was in the US book that lists drugs and medicine that doctors used to prescribe and treat patients. What's more interesting it was listed as helpful for over one hundred ailments. There is medical value to many of the other cannibinoids in marijuana and those others are not psychoactive like THC. The AMA and other medical groups were opposed to congress making it so difficult to keep prescribing it in its 1937 law to surpress the use of all marijuana and hemp.
Paul July 03, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Over 100 medical groups are objecting to marijuana being classified in drug schedule one. Some of them have files lawsuits against the DEA for its outrageous obsession with continuing its blatant disregard for the true medical facts and its continued obstruction of medical research programs that will demonstrate its effectiveness. There are leading medical researchers all over the USA that want to do research as well as researchers in others in other countries. Why is this? Could it be political contributions to congress by the multi-Billion pharmacuitical corporations? Or could it be they are just clinging to their old myths so they can keep their 5,000 armed DEA agents busy?
LBV Collins July 03, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I wouldn't be surprised, Paul, if the privatized prison companies are also contributing. (And the cynic in me wouldn't be surprised if the multibillion dollar Mexican drug cartels are contributing funds to keep marijuana illegal... and highly profitable. Nothin' like a war to keep prices artificially inflated.)
Paul July 03, 2012 at 08:10 PM
The toddler discovered and ate grandmother's chocolate chip cookies made with some THC oil that were kept in a refrigerator in the garage according to an article in Tuesdays Press Enterprise. The toddler discovered the refrigerator. Grandmother has cancer and a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana for pain and sleeping. Many elderly persons that have trouble-sleeping find that a small cookie with some marijuana in it eaten at bedtime help them sleep but the prescription by their regular doctor causes the passing of blood or causes other side effects. There is a common misperception that marijuana is stronger than regular pain prescriptions. Actually even the DEA technical persons in years past have found it to be mild. Anti-marijuana activists spread the UNTRUE story that it has the same effect of the patient getting drunk. That is wrong! Marijuana is a common name for cannabis. There are cannabinoid RECEPTORS in the brain and throughout the body that respond to the cannabinoids in marijuana. Some cannabinoids receptors reduce the symptoms of pain, some receptors stimulate the appetite, and other receptors help persons with muscular dystrophy. These are only examples, there are more cannabinoids and more receptors.
Crf Rider July 03, 2012 at 11:06 PM
good thing it was just marijuana, Imagine if the kid would have gotten into something dangerous like booze or poison, he could have been hurt or died.
Crf Rider July 03, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Another moron who doesn't know anything on the subject.
Crf Rider July 03, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Poor, poor ignorant GIRL. You should do some homework before you make yourself sound stupid. Though I know just "sounding" stupid is the least of your problems.
Tawni July 03, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Wow, Murrieta Post hard at work here with the "real story". First off, the child was at his GRANDMA's house who has a prescription for medicinal marijuana. She had the cookies refrigerated in the garage, like a responsible medical patient. I have worked in dispensaries and ALL of you would be amazed at WHO comes in. People that need their medication, like this grandma who is suffering from Cancer. How would you feel having a debilitating disease and being told that you can not have your medicine because some people do not like it? Educate yourselves before you open your mouth, it just makes you look stupid! I am positive that more kids have gotten into alcohol being left out, poison under the sink, and OTC and prescribed meds like Hydrocodone, Oxy, and even Aspirin. I would guess CPS would have their hands full if everyone that had kids had to "lock up" their liquor, cleaning products and prescribed medicine. BTW those 3 examples have actually killed kids, no person has died from pot.
LBV Collins July 04, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Hi Steve. Actually, the medicinal value of leeches (and maggots) were rediscovered a few years ago: http://www.livescience.com/203-maggots-leeches-medicine.html
LBV Collins July 04, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Also, want to know how marijuana became listed as a Schedule I narcotic under our Controlled Substances Act? Then check out this interesting fact: In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon commissioned a hand-picked panel to review and report on the effects of marijuana on society. Headed by Pennsylvania Governor Raymond P. Shafer, the Commission’s report concluded that the private use of marijuana should not be criminalized. In a videotaped presentation before the press, Shafer stated, “The recommendation of the Commission… is that we do not feel that private use or private possession [of marijuana] in one’s own home should have the stigma of criminalization, that people who experiment [with marijuana] should not be criminalized for that particular behavior.”[1] Nixon ignored his own commission’s recommendation and marijuana was, essentially, blacklisted as a drug as dangerous as heroin and LSD. (The video link shows Shafer explaining the Commission’s conclusion about marijuana at the 6:40 mark.) Had Nixon accepted his own commission’s recommendation, marijuana would never have become illegal… and millions of people would not have been convicted of a felony, sent to prison, and had their lives ruined… and we would not have spent 1 trillion dollars during the past 40 years fighting our Drug War. 1. http://youtu.be/C_55Mb_Qgxw
catmandu July 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I am guessing this Grandmother raised her kids high and now those same kids leave their kids for Grandma to watch.If you need it that's ok but you should also be responsible about using it. This fool sure wasn't. I hope this kid will be ok
gottagetaclue July 06, 2012 at 08:54 AM
If you need pot for cancer or another real disease then so be it but you can get medical marijuana by sneezing these days. Everyone needs pot for every little disease, sneeze and sniffle. It is ridiculous! The fact is the kid passed out, fell asleep or whatever. The kids could not be awakened, that is a problem!!! Kids that can not be aroused is a serious matter. Whether it is alcohol, pot, meth or other drugs, OTC meds or cleaners, common sense states keep it out of kids sight and arms reach! DUH!!!!!

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