Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization? Nope, That’s a Hoax

    (Screenshot/Daily Currant)

    A story about marijuana overdoses killing 37 people in Colorado on the first day of pot legalization is a hoax, but thousands are believing the fake news story.

    The satire website The Daily Currant published the story on January 2. It has been liked on Facebook over 11,000 times.

    The story purportedly cites a report in Rocky Mountain News that said 37 people died on January 1, the first day marijuana was legalized in Colorado.

    Marijuana was legalized in the state on New Year’s Day, but no one died from overdosing. The Rocky Mountain News was an actual media outlet, but shut down several years ago.

    Fake news stories are increasingly combining real and fake elements to confuse unsuspecting people.

    It is impossible to overdose purely on marijuana, studies have found. “Lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur,” according to a report from the National Cancer Institute. Cannabis is another name for marijuana, and also refers to hemp, the male version of pot.

    The fake story quoted “Dr. Jack Shepard, chef of surgery at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver” as saying “It’s complete chaos here. I’ve put five college students in body bags since breakfast and more are arriving every minute.”

    Shepard added:

    “We are seeing cardiac arrests, hypospadias, acquired trimethylaminuria and multiple organ failures. By next week the death toll could go as high as 200, maybe 300. Someone needs to step in and stop this madness. My god, why did we legalize marijuana? What were we thinking?”

    Fake news stories such as this one can typically be observed by the inane quotes they include from fictitious people. 


    An employee trims away unneeded leaves from pot plants, harvesting the plant’s buds to be packaged and sold at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)


    Cheyenne Fox attaches radio frequency tracking tags, required by law, to maturing pot plants inside a grow house, at 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Critics do say that it’s people sometimes experience panic attacks or have psychotic reactions after taking marijuana, but these types of experiences rarely lead to death.

    There are other elements of the story that point to it being a satire report, such as the story saying that Jesse Bruce Pinkman was one of the victims. A friend of Pinkman’s was quoted as saying “Jesse was trying to go legit,” switching from selling meth to running a legal marijuana dispensary. Jesse Bruce Pinkman is the name of a fictional character from the television series “Breaking Bad.” He and Walter White produce meth in the show.

    Some Twitter users commented on the article as if it were real:

    “After recreational marijuana became legal here yesterday, we’re already having to step over bodies,” said Nick Arnott.

    “We knew the death toll would climb,” said “Hoppe.”

    “So do we blame pot, or do we blame the users? Do you blame alcohol for alcohol related deaths including DUI, or…” said Bryan Tann.

    “I have to reconsider my statement b4. #marijuana kills around 37 people in the 1st time legalization due to #overdoes,” said Riley Du.

     Correction: A previous version of this article misstated that Molson Coors is a fake company.

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    • Womb Doomer

      Must be a slow news day if you have to report about a fake site being fake. You should have stayed in community college and pursued that dance degree, Zachary Stieber.

      • Brian Klotsch Sr

        The story is spreading like wildfire womb…and yep there are people believing it *smh*

        • Womb Doomer

          Well, they deleted my post. I must have said something right.

          • Brian Klotsch Sr

            weird…my reply is still here to a comment thats gone *smh*

      • begrudged

        Not cool. Stories like this are appreciated.

      • Tor Iver Wilhelmsen

        The story is the number of people who took a satirical post as if it was an actual news story. Kind of like when North Korean media reported a story from The Onion as if it was real.

    • Swiggy

      Totally missed some of the good parts. Two of the people “quoted” in the story were characters from the TV Shows Lost and Breaking Bad.

      Of course, if you recall, the Rocky Mountain News went out of business several years ago.

    • Brian Klotsch Sr

      Only retarded people would spread that kind of SH*T

      • Paul McClancy

        It’s satire. The purpose of that article was to make fun of prohibitionists. Anybody who has ever researched (via search engine) knows a cannabis overdose is nigh impossible.

    • Jay Provencal

      Dear epoch, one quick point, Molsoncoors is a REAL company. The make Coors beers, Molson Canadian, among other things. Seriously, 5 seconds of fact checking is all this one needed.

      • Zachary Stieber

        Thanks for the feedback! Just fixed this part.

    • Earth & Soul Designs

      “Other parts of the story that were made up include a company MolsonCoors. A spokesman for the fake alcohol company…..”

      MolsonCoors is an actual company. Do some research? Just saying. I’m sure Molson Coors is just pleased that you called them fake.

      • Zachary Stieber

        Thanks for the feedback! I have just fixed this part.

    • Erik Epp

      Molson Coors is a beer company and distributor that brews the world’s favorite beer brands. We’ve been delighting the world’s drinkers for centuries. That is a real company

      • Zachary Stieber

        Thanks for the feedback. That part is now fixed.

    • StrangeRover

      Um… Satire and hoax are not the same thing.

    • Melvin Hagerman

      The real Rocky Mountain News closed five years ago , the end of February.

    • David

      Hoax≠satire, fools.

    • 304

      Nice try pissed off people of Colorado………

    • Evan Garmon

      ….knew it was fake when they threw in the name, “Jesse Bruce Pinkman”…..but honestly figured it was BS before even reading the write up…….rediculous!!!..
      ..expect more of this kind of anger driven stupidity….

      • Tim Phillips

        I saw it at Dr jack sheppard (LOST)

    • Chase

      HA! Rocky Mountain News went under in 2009

    • Guest

      LIES LIES LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Simon Stravitz

      What a load of bullshit no one will ever die from Cannabis not in a billion years…

      • takawalk

        Well this is what the article points out. Unfortunately some people are ignorant about Cannabis and don’t know this. I think letting folks know that the original story that this article is reporting on was a hoax, is a good idea.

      • Richard A Nygaard

        A billion? I doubt it. Someone is bound to be allergic.

        • Medusa12358

          Exceedingly difficult given that marijuana’s cannabinoids have matching receptors in every cell of the human body.

          • Richard Ny

            I maybe wrong, but according to what I read here it doesn’t sound like they are in every cell of the human body as the cells the ARE in are specifically listed. I did a quick search of mj allergy and there are plenty of people that report having allergy type reactions to it and some that have to carry an epi-pen because of it.

            Again, I could be wrong but thats what I got from a quick 2 minute search.

    • ayobro

      I see someone trying to smoke the deadly cannabis and they are going to have to answer to Allah after I’m done with them!

    • takawalk

      The only way somebody is going to die from pot is if it has been contaminated with something.

      • ilyas252

        so don’t share with a repub…

      • cuteizzy21

        People die from weed all the time. Just get busted for it, thrown in prison and see.

        • takawalk

          Well now that you put it that way, I almost died when I was 16 from “weed”. Still have scars from incident.

        • Medusa12358

          People die from weed being illegal, not from weed itself.

    • Scott Murkin

      is not the same as a hoax. EVERYTHING on the Daily Currant is made up.
      It’s a joke. They don’t expect people to believe it.

      • HarukoHaruhara

        But people do!

        • bastalready

          The knuckleheads. ; ) HH!!!

      • fumes

        The Onion should run with the story just for more fun!

    • drewbai

      On an unrelated note, is it true that Epoch Times is going to start a Photo Caption Contest? i hope so, otherwise i wasted a lot of time starting that rumor

      I should probably stop trolling the Comments sections trying to drum up support for a Photo Caption Contest here at TET…..

      • ilyas252

        great legs?

    • Kellie
    • PB Sample

      Hoax. “Chef of surgery?” Really? Chef of surgery. ROTFL.

      • ilyas252

        he really cooked up something, eh?

    • Immortal Illumined

      the greatest plant known to man is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

      from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, we are almost there

      been in the business 20 years, never once seen anything close to an overdose…..except when i ate 2 pot brownies and could not move at a Giants game…lol


    • HarukoHaruhara

      Oh, Daily Currant fools a lot of people. I remember people on kept reposting Daily Currant stories thinking they were legit, and all these commenters would get riled up believing the stories.

      • bigdogues

        We have a name for those people that will believe the most outrageous stories at the drop of a hat without any supporting data or facts of any kind to to back them up.
        We call them “Republicans”.

        • HarukoHaruhara

          Welllll …. not to defend Republicans.

          But people on both sides of the aisle kept falling for these joke stories, truthfully. At least on

          • Shadow

   no longer exists.

            • HarukoHaruhara

              Oh, yeah, I know, it went dark in May. But people kept posting Currant articles there when it was active to be funny.

    • madkoz

      America is overdosing on stupidity.

    • Ruth1940

      Of the fatal maladies reportedly caused by marijuana, I was familiar only with cardiac arrest and organ failure, so looked up the others:

      Hypospadias (hi-poe-SPAY-dee-us) is a
      condition in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis,
      instead of at the tip. The urethra is the tube through which urine drains from
      your bladder and exits your body.

      You may feel distressed if your son is born with hypospadias. However, hypospadias is common and doesn’t cause difficulty in caring for your infant. In fact, surgery usually restores the normal appearance of your child’s penis. With successful treatment of hypospadias, most males can eventually have normal adult sexual function.

      Trimethylaminuria is a disorder in which the body is unable to break down trimethylamine, a chemical compound that has a pungent odor. Trimethylamine has been described as smelling like rotting fish, rotting eggs, garbage, or urine. As this compound builds up
      in the body, it causes affected people to give off a strong odor in their sweat, urine, and breath. The intensity of the odor may vary over time. The odor can interfere with many aspects of daily life, affecting a person’s relationships, social life, and career. Some people with trimethylaminuria experience depression and social isolation as a result of this condition.

      Mutations in the FMO3 gene cause trimethylaminuria.

    • Bmjr

      Isn’t Jack Sheppard the stranded doctor in the TV Series LOST? lol

      • HarukoHaruhara

        Yup and Jesse Pinkman was on Breaking Bad.

    • john

      i remember in the 70s paraqwat was used to kill weed and 2 people who smoked it did die from that

      • dozr

        the paraqwat killed them not the pot

    • bigdogues

      A good hoax doesn’t truly earn it’s stripes until some talking head over at Faux News reports it as absolute fact.
      You know, like Jesus is white.
      Should be any second now….

      • Brian…

        Like Jesus is White…as A Christian and believer in all God’s word I would have to think Jesus would be brown

    • ilyas252

      hate to poop on the party, but there’s enough dickheads out there sabotaging the ‘lib’ agenda. by playing on the fears of block heads. don’t encourage them.
      is it on faux yet?

      • bastalready


        • ilyas252

          oh yeah!
          i’m baaack, free, free, from the land of internet limbo the god of computer programmers banished me to.
          let me at ’em!

          • bastalready

            Sweet revenge…

    • bastalready

      Some people are such dorks.

    • ilyas252

      lots of police can now go and do some real policing; you know, keep an eye on muggers, protect kids, arrest lots of corporate criminals, seditionists and for the fun of it, anyone watching fox.

    • Brian Kelly B Bizzle

      Although it’s obvious to most intelligent people that This Article Is a Hoax/Fake, its funny and sad how certain prohibitionist media outlets are trying to pass this “article” off as if it was real news. How very lame.

      Everybody knows nobody has ever overdosed or died from Marijuana use in the history of mankind!

      Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching Much Sooner than prohibitionists think and there is Nothing they can do to stop it!

      Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

    • HeyJude

      Waiting for Michele Bachmann to quote it, and suggest pot smokers come to Marcus’ clinic to pray the munchies away….will submit billing to your insurance, of course. LOL Hilarious satire, enjoyed the Jesse Pinkman and Dr. Jack references, as well as the lovely medical conditions it causes! Hypospadias, indeed! Hahaahahaha.

    • fumes

      Religious Conservatives are desperate! That vid of Billo Really is PRICELESS (google it: Bill and the Denver Post Pot Columnist). The problem with pot to these folks is that it makes you think. If you become a thinker you lose interest in the lock-step mentality of religious conservatism. Can’t have that no. LOL

    • tremoney

      lol! A religious and conservative posted this on FB thinking it was real. I knew immediately that something was off. When I read the article, I knew it was supposed to be a spoof. I have never smoked pot, but biologically you can’t get a heart attack from something that slows your heartrate. #educationhelpslives