Even though you. can’t. overdose. on. marijuna, Annapolis police chief Michael Pristoop claimed that 37 people overdosed on pot during the first day of legalization in Colorado. Testifying against a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana in Maryland, the police chief cited a hoax news story during last week’s hearing.
“The first day of legalization, that’s when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” Pristoop told the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths.”
Senator Jamie Raskin, the Democrat who sponsored the bill, was quick to point out Pristoop’s folly:
“Unless you have some other source for this, I’m afraid I’ve got to spoil the party here,” said Raskin. “Your assertion that 37 people died of a marijuana overdose in Colorado was a hoax on the Daily Currant and the Comedy Central website.”
Pristoop was momentarily caught off guard by the idea that something from the internet wasn’t true. Gathering himself, he told the Senator that if it was indeed a misquote, “then I’ll stand behind the mistake. But I’m holding on to information I was provided.”
The following day, Pristoop acknowledged that he had made a mistake and apologized for believing a story that was “nothing more than an urban legend.” Still, the Annapolis police chief says that his stance on legalization remains the same.
H/T Capital Gazette + Picthx Rihanna/Twitter
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