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Marijuana overdose hoax: 37 people died from marijuana overdose?

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A marijuana overdose hoax took over the internet this week after pot was legalized in Colorado. On Jan. 2, The Epoch Times reported that this hoax claimed that 37 people died from smoking too much weed. The initial story was posted by "The Daily Currant" and thousands of people shared the story on social media making it go viral in mere minutes. However, the story wasn't true.

Since marijuana was legalized on the first of the year, no one has died from an overdose. In fact, studies have shown that it's just about impossible to OD on marijuana -- so why people fell for this story is unknown.

The marijuana overdose hoax was given wings thanks to quotes from a "local doctor" who said things were "crazy" at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver and that he had been putting people in body bags since marijuana was legalized. However, it appears as though Dr. Jack Shepard doesn't even exist. Ah, a made up person. Sounds about right.

Naturally some people who are against the legalization of pot quoted the article in a sort of "I told you so" fashion. However, there wasn't anything to tell anyone about because no one has died. Pot is still legal in Colorado. Nothing to see here, move along now.

Did the marijuana overdose hoax fool you?

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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