HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Tainted Pot Sickens 4
Pubdate: Wed, 27 Feb 2002
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Kim Bradley
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


A batch of bad dope making its way through schools in York Region has 
prompted a police warning to pot smokers.

Four high school students in Newmarket, Aurora and King City have 
become violently ill after smoking marijuana since Jan. 7.

"And it stands to reason there are more incidents happening that 
aren't being reported because it deals with illegal drugs," York 
Regional Police Const. Stuart Betts said.

The first case involved a 15-year-old boy who smoked a marijuana 
joint on his lunch break at a Newmarket school on Jan. 7.

Shortly after, he began vomiting and kept losing his balance. He was 
treated and released in hospital the same day.

Two days later, a 15-year-old King City girl was treated at the 
hospital after she smoked some pot and started vomiting blood.

There have been two other cases reported to Street Beat officers 
working in schools in York's 1 District -- the most recent on Feb. 
20, Betts said.

The symptoms include vomiting, and loss of limb control, balance and 

Police may never know what's in the tainted pot.

"It could be anything from pesticides and fertilizers to herbicides. 
The people who are producing it and supplying it don't care about the 
health of the end user. There are chemicals all over the place in 
these hydroponic labs," Betts said.
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