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Pot Brownies at Funeral Send Elderly to Hospital

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. | Last updated on

Would you bring pot brownies to a funeral? Apparently someone from Huntington Beach, California did. And you'll never guess who consumed the pot brownies: three senior citizens, all in their 70s and 80s.

All three were attending a funeral service for a friend when they ate the drugged delicacies.

They didn't know that the brownies had weed. After consuming the chocolate desserts, all three complained of nausea, dizziness and an inability to stand without assistance. They were hospitalized.

The brownies were brought to the funeral by a fellow guest. The guest said the treats were a tribute to the deceased, who investigators say used to use medical marijuana.

In California, medical marijuana is legal. However, it's still illegal under federal law.

As strange as this set of facts may be, it does show that medical marijuana can inadvertently end up on someone else's plate. Does this mean there needs to be more federal regulation?

Perhaps. Unrelated to this pot brownie case, the federal government has already pledged to crack down on California's medical marijuana dispensaries. In fact, the Justice Department has sent warning letters to dozens of marijuana providers demanding that they either shut down or risk arrest.

Prosecutors say that medical marijuana has become a source of illegal drugs that are shipped across state lines, reports CBS News.

On a positive note, the pot brownies didn't harm the seniors. They are expected to make a full recovery, according to KTLA-TV. Though if the federal crackdown on medical marijuana is successful, there may well be much fewer pot brownies popping up at funerals.

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