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Marijuana: 11-month-old choppered to hospital after MMJ reaction, mom under investigation

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As medical marijuana has become more prevalent, law enforcers have been reporting more instances of kids having negative reactions to pot -- like a March 2010 report about a ten-month-old hospitalized after ingesting an MMJ edible. Now comes word of an eleven-month old in Longmont who had a similar reaction -- and the town's police spokesman says it's the second such case there this year.

Early afternoon on June 2, officers responded to Longmont United Hospital, where the young girl was having a reaction to what doctors thought was possible ingestion of marijuana. She was subsequently helicoptered to Children's Hospital, where her condition improved enough that she was released the following day.

What happened? According to Longmont Detective Commander Jeff Satur, the child's mom had gone with her baby to a home where one of the residents is a licensed medical marijuana patient. At this point, though, authorities have yet to determine how, exactly, the girl got sick. "She did not eat a cookie or an infused product," he says. "She either ate some of the leaves from a plant or was around somebody smoking marijuana" and had a reaction he considers serious. "If it was threatening enough that they put her on a chopper and Flight-for-Lifed her to Children's, that is telling," he notes.

When asked if he's seen an increase in such reports, Satur says "this is the second case that I'm aware of this year. The first case involved a kid who was approximately eleven-years-old who ate an infused cookie.

"I don't believe we've received any calls about poisoning related to prescription drugs" over the same time period, he adds. "I think people take better care to keep their prescription drugs out of the hands of juveniles -- and they have childproof caps, etc. And in my opinion, the message should be the same for marijuana. If you're growing medical marijuana, you need to take precautions to make sure children don't have access to it, just the same as you would with any prescription."

That said, the focus of the followup investigation in the current case isn't the medical marijuana patient, who was not present when the incident took place according to Satur. Instead, cops and the district attorney are looking at the mother, who's just seventeen and lives with her mom. "We'll work with the DA's office to decide the best course of action on how we want to proceed," he maintains. "Obviously, our first interest is the child. But the mother is young, and we want her to succeed. So that's why we're working with the DA's office -- to decide where to go from here."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana cultivation leads to child abuse charges: New way to target home grows?"

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Sarcasmus the Magnfiicent
Sarcasmus the Magnfiicent

This story is complete and utter bullsite. I am willing to bet if WW followed up you would find no cannabis had been consumed. Check it: "She did not eat a cookie or an infused product," he says. "She either ate some of the leaves from a plant or was around somebody smoking marijuana"

First of all, you cannot get high from eating raw cannabis: it must be properly processed and activated. Ask anyone who works for a MIPS or a testing lab and they will tell you the same -- raw weed will do nothing but give you a bellyache.

So according to this police genius, the child either ate raw bud (which will not affect you) or was exposed to a bit of smoke. Either way, it is pretty obvious that calling this an "emergency" is nothing but propaganda and nonsense. My guess is that this officer doesn't know cannabis from his own fat ass.

I wouldn't trust PD in this state (any city, but Longmont is right up there) to tell me the time of day, let alone give me medical advice. Most of these assholes are so braindead they can barely feed themselves before they strap on their firearms and get ready to assault innocent civilians.

Guest
Guest

Words will never come close to emphasizing how absolutely ridiculous this article is. This is just another example of how the media uses fear and scare tactics instead of actual knowledge or information. 

JoJo
JoJo

Someone got high and freaked out and it wasnt the baby.

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

HEY! medical marijuna is your personal business  How ever  letting a small child eat it or smell the smoke is not being the responible parent. Glad the small child is ok.

Guest
Guest

what a waste of a helicopter 

earl
earl

just more propaganda. and yes thank good it wasn't a bottle of oxy's  

Dude
Dude

Yeh, good thing it wasn't a bottle of Oxycontin

Duchess
Duchess

I wonder if officer Po-Dunk of Longmont has read the poison control statistics for children drinking bleach and toxic cleaners and RX Drugs for this year.  I wonder if he also knows how many children have been killed by drunk drivers this year...but no comments for the Coors factory? Its obvious it's a cop that runs his mouth without thinking.  common.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

Good thing for the kid it was MMJ.  Any other medicine and that child could be dead.  Please people, keep your medicine out of kid's reach.

Incline22
Incline22

i doubt that MJ can harm a child and am suspicious to the real cause of the illness. i do think they either over reacted or reacted properly but it wasnt marijuana. being a chemist, and pot smoker for 30 years, i can tell you for sure that the whole story is not being revealed. also noting that Boulder county is one of most overpoliced and conservative places i have ever lived, i wouldnt be surprised if the whole incident was a conservative over-reaction. 

Robert
Robert

Expect police to order more children to be airlifted to hospital -- anything the prohibitionist swine can do to try to sustain the misperception that cannabis is harmful, they will.

Robert ChaseColorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers

AnnOnaMice
AnnOnaMice

I find it strange that this marijuana was considered dangerous to a child, when less than 100 years ago, even after the Pure Food and Drug Act, cannabis was still considered safe enough to use on babies even younger... and this cannabis extract was far more potent than "some of the leaves from a plant or was around somebody smoking marijuana..."

I guess the cop has to say something to keep his job, besides "they put ALL poisoning cases on choppers out of our backwoods."

sweetness
sweetness

It seems the first case was in March 2010. That was last year!

Smoke Weed
Smoke Weed

Scientists have never been able to kill a lab rat with THC under ideal conditions. It's impossible to overdose on THC. Worst case scenario, the child will pass out, and wake up later. No harm

Sarcasmus the Magnificent
Sarcasmus the Magnificent

It is hard to tell if they are stupid, ignorant or just malicious. My guess is "a little of each".

Guest
Guest

Might want to work on the reading comprehension, sweetness.

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