[UPDATED with Choice Chatter:] 3 Old Folks Hospitalized for Unwittingly Eating Pot Brownies at Surf City Funeral

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UPDATE, OCT. 11, 12:32 P.M.: Someone leaving a comment on the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Facebook page, which broke the news about three elderly folks being rushed to the emergency room after unknowingly eating brownies laced with marijuana at a funeral, claims a woman was arrested and placed in the jail psychiatric ward for bringing out the loaded dessert tray. "I saw that post also," Lt. Russell Rinehart, the HBPD spokesman, tells the Weekly. "I cannot confirm any of that information; if it is true, it was not by our department involving this incident." We can confirm that the very existence of the department's Facebook page is producing interesting back-and-forth comments about this case.

As reported in our original post below, HBPD presented the pot brownies incident and the robbery of medical marijuana delivery people the day before to warn the community about the dangers surrounding cannabis for sick people. What follows are five representative Facebook comments about the original HBPD post (there were 51 last time I checked). Misspellings and grammatical errors have been left intact:

dang!... those brownies musta been BOMB!... any left in the evidence locker?! [Reporter's note--the same commenter left this follow-up:] i thought it was funny, cruel yes unacceptible yes but funny one last ride at the age of 80 lol

Sure it was "Medical" marijuana in the brownies.. And how many liquor stores get robbed everyday. Medical Marijuana reduces crime and the police hate it. No matter what, The police work for us and we voted for 215/420 so they need to figure out how to make it work and stop finding ways to sabotage it.

I am a medical marijuana patient in Huntington Beach. I think that robbery at gunpoint is a serious crime. I am sorry for the elderly people who got sick. I hope the corrupt, lawbreaking individuals are penalized. However, the argument should be about that and not about penalizing non-violent medical marijuana users, we do not represent the thugs shown in your article.

This is so cool - the community and the police department engaging in open dialogue. Like if you read this story on Newser!

I want to start by saying that I have the utmost respect for police officers. I have friends who are officers and I know the dangers they face everyday on the streets. That being said I think it is highly unprofessional for any PD to have a facebook page where in they engage in debate regarding past cases and push their own agenda regarding public policy. The job of the police is to protect and serve. Police departments don't create laws, they enforce them.

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ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 10, 2:03 P.M.: Three folks in their 70s and 80s were admitted to Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach Sunday for nausea, dizziness and inability to stand unassisted. What do you normally call that? Sunday at Hoag Memorial Hospital. But this time there was something unusual about the admissions: all three seniors had attended the memorial service for a mutual friend in Huntington Beach. All three had sampled the same brownies from a tray. And all three had unknowingly consumed brownies laced with marijuana.

The Huntington Beach Police Department, which is investigating the case and publicized it on its Facebook page, has determined the brownies contained "medical marijuana." Indeed, the Facebook post demonizes the state voter-approved remedy for what ails you.

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"It is important for the community to understand that marijuana is a drug, and like all other drugs and alcohol, it is important to understand the negative consequences it creates in our community," reads the post. "Calling it 'medical marijuana' does not make it any safer. Huntington Beach does not permit or have licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the city limits."

The same Facebook post includes another example of medical-marijuana mayhem. The evening before the old folks got baked without their permission, two people who deliver medical cannabis were robbed in a residential neighborhood.

Police received a 9-1-1 call around 8:30 p.m. from a homeowner who said two people were robbed in front of his house in the 20700 block of Mataro Lane, Huntington Beach. Cops arrived to find two victims, a 35-year-old man from Anaheim and 25-year-old woman of Garden Grove, but the gunmen were long gone. They apparently posed as customers and chose the quiet residential neighborhood as their address for delivery of medical marijuana.

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When the delivery service arrived, one man pulled a gun on the employees getting out of the van, and the pair stole $1,500 worth of marijuana, car keys and cell phones. The robbers then ran south on Matario, turned around the corner to Alvarado Drive and disappeared into the darkness. No getaway vehicle was seen. They were described as African Americans in their lates 20s wearing t-shirts and jeans.

"Robberies and burglaries of 'medical' marijuana dispensaries and delivery services," warns the HBPD Facebook post, "are becoming a more common problem in communities due to the high profit margins of selling marijuana and all the transactions being conducted in cash."
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george
george

Crime surrounds every aspect of our daily lives. To blame marijuana is a load of bull. Thieves steal anything worth a dime. Scraps of metal or drugs whats the difference? A thief is a thief. Some use guns some do not. As time goes by this drug will be shrouded with more security.At the present time medical marijuana is just an easy target for Sanctimonious Self-Righteous Judgmental Bigots to complain about. No! I don't use the crap and don't want too, but that does not mean I think ill of others who do.

Melina
Melina

so...............do people actually research marijuana? It's funny that the people who critisize marijuana have never smoked marijuana.  I always go by this, if its pills or powders no good, but if it grows from the earth it must be good.  Got that from Knocked Up!! Anywho, its a different story if people smoke it everyday for recrational purposes but if its used medically like for cancer, anxiety, depression, pain reliever, why not.  It has been stated that people who smoke are calm and happy people that dont cause a scene.  I just felt I needed to say something because all people do is see the bad side of it.  But if you have your own picture painted then all power to you!! Im just sayin!! Reading this artical makes me laugh but still not cool to give it to the sick and old elderly.......oh mary jane!! she is my best friend!! j/k!! hahaha!!

Fullertonista
Fullertonista

""Robberies and burglaries of 'medical' marijuana dispensaries and delivery services," warns the HBPD Facebook post, "are becoming a more common problem in communities due to the high profit margins of selling marijuana and all the transactions being conducted in cash."Well, legalize it and the price will drop by 90%, taking most of the profit margin out of it.  Of course that would also mean we could fire about half of law enforcement in the US.  While us ordinary citizens would be ecstatic about that, LEOs wouldn't.  Thus their determination to keep weed illegal. "How will I afford my donuts?"

Briansays
Briansays

if you get the munchies after smoking what do you get after eating brownies?more munchies??

Black Stocking Fetish
Black Stocking Fetish

I worked in a retirement home once.. It made me Hate old folks ever since.. Can't understand why People want to live past 70..It's a Miserable Life..  even on a happy day,  their still Miserable..Even on Sirloin Steak and baked potatoe night,  they still didn't get excited.. Still looked grumpy and Sad..  when they get Mad,  they would actually want to start Fights.. We even had game night and sang them Christmas songs and they still looked Miserable and out of it.. Getting Fired from there was a Blessing..  I will never do that line of work again..  People who put their parents or grandparents in those places are Pure Evil.

Stevegaranchor
Stevegaranchor

How in the world can this be taxed when it is purchased in cash.

MeToo
MeToo

News report say that the deceased was a medical pot user and that brownies were his favorite form of ingestion. The brownies were apparently put out as sort of a tribute to the dearly departed and not everyone in attendance was made aware of the fact. It was dumb accident and the HBPD is treating it as such. That's why I put my pot in the Guacamole! Then I don't share. Mmmmmm tasty.

Tammy
Tammy

Is this a fast and furious type event? I keep hearing of things like this but rarely hear of charges filed. Maybe the government would rather use it as propaganda than actually do the right thing. Every pot head out there knows feeding people pot unknowingly is wrong, but if someone wanted to give pot a bad name....

67Insider
67Insider

Not a cool stunt to pull on unsuspecting seniors. Some could have had preexisting medical conditions...or a prescription drugs that could have interacted adversely. I'd be pissed if someone did that to my grandparents.

Fred
Fred

Who got fired last week during the VVM bloodbath?  Please tell me Gus was let go.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Did any of the old folks o/d or die?  Perhaps, they just got a bit hungry for Lays potato chips.

Jack
Jack

People turn away from those who are not convenient or beneficial.

george
george

Same way any cash transaction is taxed. Not everyone has or wants a pocket full of plastic cards.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

I think them hanging black light Lawrence Welk posters tipped everyone off.

Black Stocking Fetish
Black Stocking Fetish

It's better off to just put a pillow over their mouth and nose for 10 minutes..better then sending them to a retirement home..   also retirement homes hire alot of minorities from da hood and rude white young people who laugh at the sight of an old person choking on their own vomit..  These two groups are a Disaster to retirement homes.. got one group who threatens to slap the old person if they keep moaning in pain and the other group who will ignore and laugh at a old person suffering..   Sometimes when Families visited,  I wanted to ask,    ''Why would you send them here,  do you hate them that much?''

rsteeb
rsteeb

Thank you, boys...mmm

And I'll have what they had, please!

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