Photos: Twelve medical marijuana-related deaths cited by Denver District Attorney
Last week, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told city council members that there were "twelve homicides related directly to medical marijuana." He subsequently said the figures were "loose" and didn't all occur in MMJ facilities. But when contacted by Westword, Morrissey's office did indeed come up with a roster of twelve deaths in ten separate incidents that prosecutors believe were related to pot. Get the details about all of them below.
Big photos below.
Some important things to note at the outset. Several of the deaths took place beyond the Denver area -- one happened in Erie, for instance. Moreover, one person took her own life, albeit after a marijuana-related matter involving a child, and another focuses on child abuse allegedly while under the influence of cannabis.
Additionally, the most recent item took place over a year ago.
Still, the events include numerous home invasions and robberies. Sometimes the would-be thieves died; other times, marijuana providers were the victims. Here's all ten.
February 17, 2007
"Someone shot and killed medical marijuana activist Ken Gorman in his west Denver home," notes the DA's office, adding, "Gorman grew marijuana plants in his home and had been robbed several times in the months before he died. The case remains unsolved."
Ken Gorman (center) with Dominic Mestas (far right) circa 1994.
Westword's 2010 feature article on the Gorman case is entitled "Three years after his murder, memories of Ken Gorman -- Colorado's most vocal pot activist -- have gone up in smoke."
February 11, 2009
The DA's office writes: "Keith Weatherspoon placed his infant daughter face down on a bed and used a blanket to 'barricade' her against the wall, then left a pillow on her. He told investigators he was up late smoking weed and playing video games and was trying to take a nap but the baby would not stop crying. After covering up his daughter, he did nap and when he awoke two hours later, she was dead."
As reported by the Denver Post, Weatherspoon was charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
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