First Death Linked to Legal Colorado Weed
Teen jumped to his death after eating pot cookie
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2014 2:41 AM CDT
Colorado legalized sale of recreational marijuana to over-21s in January.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

(Newser) – For the first time since Colorado legalized weed for recreational use, a coroner has listed "marijuana intoxication" as a contributor to a death. Wyoming student Levy Thamba was in Denver on spring break with three friends when he jumped to his death from a Holiday Inn balcony after eating a marijuana cookie, reports the Denver Post. His friends told investigators he "exhibited hostile behavior" after eating the cookie, and though initial attempts to calm him down seemed to work, he ended up leaping from the balcony, USA Today reports.

"He was fine, he was normal, he was an easygoing kid, and then he ate this cookie and went over the balcony, and this was not a kid who was suicidal," a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office says. At 19, the exchange student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo was too young to legally buy or possess marijuana in Colorado, but one of his friends was over 21 and bought the cookie legally. No alcohol or other drugs were found in his system, and the death was ruled an accident.

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PatientPatient
Apr 6, 2014 10:28 PM CDT
Meanwhile, alcohol killed this many kids: http://compelledtoact.com/Tragic_listing/Main_listing_victims_date.htm Where are the headlines? And the handwringing? Won't someone think of the children & families destroyed by the demon rum!
Robinson
Apr 4, 2014 1:28 PM CDT
. . No, Marryjuana does not make you hallucinate and jump off balconies. . That is called LSD. . This guy died from being stupid and running around like an idjet. . . .
zz377zz .
Apr 4, 2014 10:41 AM CDT
No,i think stupidity was the cause of his death.