Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 In Colorado On First Day Of Legalisation: Was a Hoax Story

 A satirical website managed to trick some people into thinking marijuana was a particularly lethal drug, with a rather excellent hoax story.

The article was headlined: “Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalisation January 2nd, 2014.”

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Long queues sprung up across Colorado on Thursday, with hordes of customers braving the bitter cold and snow, as the world’s first state-licensed marijuana industry opened for business.

But The Daily Currant, decided to have some fun with the new marijuana law.

“Colorado is reconsidering its decision to legalise recreational pot following the deaths of dozens due to marijuana overdoses,” the story reads, attributing the shocking death toll to the Rocky Mountain News – a Denver daily newspaper that closed in 2009.

“It’s complete chaos here,” says Dr. Jack Shepard, chief of surgery at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, “I’ve put five college students in body bags since breakfast and more are arriving every minute.”

“We are seeing cardiac arrests, hypospadias, acquired trimethylaminuria and multiple organ failures,” the doctor raved.”

Trimethylaminuria is a genetic disease formerly known as “Fish Odor Syndrome.”

“By next week the death toll could go as high as 200, maybe 300. Someone needs to step in and stop this madness. My god, why did we legalise marijuana? What were we thinking?”

“Dr. Jack Shepard” was a character on the TV show “Lost.”

The spoof story forced the real Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center to issue a news release clarifying that “there is no such doctor as ‘Jack Shepard’ on our medical staff and that there have been no deaths due to marijuana at our hospital,” abc15 reported.

Confused readers took to Twitter to voice their concerns:

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  • RobertChase

    Generations worth of lies and propaganda are not without effect even now. The satire is lost on Prohibition's dupes, so it is none too funny to those of us who want to legalize cannabis.