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Teen dies after plastic fumes scar lungs, media blames synthetic pot | The NORML Stash Blog

I am the producer of The NORML Network, the host of the NORML SHOW LIVE and The NORML Stash Blog, and NORML's Outreach Coordinator. I'm married, live in Portland, Oregon, and I am a registered medical marijuana caregiver in this state. I've worked days as an IT geek and nights as a professional musician. Previously, I have been the host of my own political talk radio show on satellite radio. I've been the High Times "Freedom Fighter of the Month" and I travel across the country to educate people on marijuana reform. I've dedicated my life to bringing an end to adult marijuana prohibition and re-legalizing cannabis hemp, and I'm honored to be chosen by NORML to give voice to the Marijuana Nation and to speak for those who can't speak up.

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8 responses to “Teen dies after plastic fumes scar lungs, media blames synthetic pot”

  1. Synthetic Marijuana Deaths: Statistically Zero

    [...] In Pennsylvania, where drug paraphernalia is already banned, 13yo Brandon Rice fashioned a pipe out of a Pez dispenser, then used it to smoke synthetic marijuana. The plastic fumes burned his lungs and killed him. [...]

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  3. Tony

    I’m sorry for your loss. I will educate as many as I can in my area.


  4. Denver WMD

    This is so sad, this needs to end! USA governments drug policies on Marijuana needs to end Now! Medical Marijuana & education of this healing plant, cannot be blamed. The Greed of the people in charge, doctors, and the pharmaceutical company’s are to blame! This poor family my God this needs to end!

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  6. The Top Ten “Reefer Madness” Stories of 2011

    [...] 5. Teen dies after plastic fumes scar lungs, media blames synthetic pot The boy smoked the fake marijuana out of a plastic PEZ candy dispenser. The chemicals in the drugs caused extensive damage to his lungs. Brandon was put on a respirator in June and had a double lung transplant in September. [...]

  7. McD

    “…my post on K2 has garnered over 230 comments…”

    Glad you mentioned that, I’ve been meaning to bring it up for a long time: the number of comments on that article and the consistency with which they very nearly all say exactly the same thing (with the exception of mine, which was one of the first) is truly amazing. I’ve followed you for long enough to trust you and in no way mean to cast aspersions on the integrity of your and/or NORML’s work, but I must say their number and consistency is almost unbelievable. I’ve subscribed to the comments on quite a few articles here, but I don’t think I’m aware of any which have garnered quite such a prolific and consistent a response as this one has. Are there any other articles with as many comments?

    Now, I don’t believe this myself, but sometimes when another of the ‘Fake Pot Almost Killed Me!’ comments shows up in my e-mail, I imagine how many people looking at the whole article and it’s comments for the first time, or even someone just a bit more cynical than me, might look at it and say, ‘No, this can’t be right; these people are making it up – writing their own comments to show synthetic cannabinoids up to be worse that natural ones – beefing up their own agenda.’

    The above explanation – this article – by the way, is as well-written as usual. I liked the tricycle to Hell’s Angel analogy elsewhere, as well. So glad you’re on the right side!

  8. tensity1

    Absolutely correct, Russ. I was thinking that there was no way in hell just smoking the K2 did that to him. His death is absolutely tragic, and thinking of my boys going down in some similarly senseless way makes me tear up and resolve to be honest with my kids about what they try to experiment with and put in their bodies. ‘Tweens aren’t thinking about mortality or that everyday items such as plastic can have drastic consequenses when used improperly.

    Heartfelt condolences to the family, but the media is just furthering the damage to society and our kids with the sensational crying of “wolf.”

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