By Greg de Hoedt
A man from Bournemouth has died from carbon monoxide poisoning, with pathologists indicating a high level of cannabis in his system.
The pathologist gave evidence that nightclub owner Paul Kenyon, 37, “overdosed on cannabis” before eventually dying from carbon monoxide poisoning, which has been recorded as cause of death.
The newspaper report online at the time of this release does not indicate how he became victim to carbon monoxide poisoning. He was found unresponsive in his car behind the club that he owned – Brix & Co. The inquest was adjourned until May 8th.
The lethal dose for cannabis amounts to the equivalent of 20,000 to 40,000 joints; the cause of death were this to happen being asphyxiation. As it was not reported that this amount of cannabis was found at the scene we can assume that the carbon monoxide wasn’t from the cannabis.
This comes in the same week newspapers irresponsibly reported the verdict given of another Bournemouth resident, Gemma Moss, 31, whose cause of death was recorded as cardiac arrest induced by cannabis poisoning. Her family are now speaking out about the verdict and way the media have un-respectfully misrepresented her in her death to shine a negative light on cannabis.
To overdose on a substance, one must take more than the required amount to get the desired effects. If you overdose on a substance, this does not necessarily mean it will induce a fatal reaction. In the case of cannabis, as we have documented in a few articles this week, it is simply not possible to die from a cannabis overdose. The only real likely result of overdosing on cannabis, i.e., taking too much, would be to fall asleep or get the munchies.
Why are the media all of a sudden, trying to peddle a link between deaths that would have otherwise received little media coverage using cannabis to draw national attention to them? After one month of successful news stories coming out of Colorado, where the recreational sale of cannabis has been legalised, with not one recorded fatality, we suddenly have two news stories claiming highly dubious links between cannabis and their recorded cause of death. Even President Obama has spoken out, claiming cannabis was no more harmful than alcohol and today in the UK the British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said the war on drugs has failed and called for a change in policy, which was sadly instantly rejected by David Cameron, who oddly enough shared those views when he was a lowly backbench MP sitting on the Home Affairs Select Committee on drugs. Even if these stories in the UK media linking cannabis to death were true, it would confirm it by far as the safest drug known to mankind.
The simple fact here is the use of the word ‘overdose’ is being irresponsibly misrepresented by the Bournemouth Echo in order to generate hits to their web site and sell papers. Do they have considerations for the memory of the deceased and their friends and family?