Colorado medical authorities demand new edible marijuana rules in awe of 19-year-old death. Levy Thamba Pongi, an exchange student from the Republic of Congo, committed suicide after consuming a larger quantity of edible marijuana, triggering concerns on behalf of medical experts.
Based on police reports, Levy Thamba Pongi died last weekend after consuming an edible marijuana cookie containing 65 milligrams (mg) of Tetrahydrocannabinol. The young student, who was visiting Colorado started behaving erratically and eventually jumped off the fourth floor of the building.
According to his friends’ declaration, the teenager consumed the pot cookie, but he was not in an advanced state of intoxication. The majority of them are convinced that the boy could have suffered from a mental illness, which might explain his reaction to the drug.
The results of the autopsy have proven the opposite. It appears that the quantity of marijuana was so big that the student had suffered a severe intoxication, which led to his death. Authorities are now investigating to see whether the sudden mood change of the student was caused by the combination of marijuana with Tetrahydrocannabinol.
As a matter of fact, scientists will study these combinations of illegal substances to see if they are responsible for the higher death rates among youths. They believe quality controls are vital now that marijuana has been widely accepted by many states in the U.S.
Given the recent event, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking authorities to adopt new rules related to the information contained on the labels of marijuana edibles. They believe packages should give accurate information about the quantities of marijuana and other substances they contain.
Colorado residents, who have not yet accomplished 21 years old are not allowed to purchase marijuana or related products. However, more than 45% of Colorado’s marijuana sales come from pot-based edibles, statistics have proven. This in spite of Colorado authorities’ decision to approve marijuana for recreational uses in 2012.
Residents believe it is important to adopt new rules for pot edibles as many more children have fallen victims to these illicit substances. They seem to be attracted by the forms and the shapes of the products, experts have stated. In addition, the exquisite shape often increases users’ appetite making them forget that overdoses can be lethal.
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