Oregon Lawmaker Says Marijuana Overdose Shows Need to Go Slow

By JEFF BARNARD | January 23, 2015

A key lawmaker says a marijuana overdose in an Oregon resort town shows the need to go slowly on making pot-infused candies and cookies available to the public.

Sen. Ginny Burdick is co-chair of a legislative committee working on implementing the ballot measure approved last fall legalizing recreational marijuana. She said Wednesday she’s not willing to allow the legal sale of marijuana edibles until regulators figure out how to control potency and keep them away from kids.

Police in Sunriver say an officer was called to a condo Monday. He found a 37-year-old woman slumped on a bathroom floor and having trouble breathing. The woman had eaten three marijuana candies shaped like raspberries brought by a friend. EMS medics treated the woman and she came around.

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