Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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FIRST DEATH LINKED TO COLO. POT

It appears that the first death linked to legal marijuana in Colorado happened last month at a Holiday Inn.

Levy Thamba died March 11 after falling from the balcony at the hotel. In a new report on his death, the Denver medical examiner's office cites "marijuana intoxication" following the consumption of cookies that contained marijuana.

"Marijuana intoxication is a significant contributing factor," the autopsy report states.

This is the first death related to marijuana intoxication in the Denver area this year, said Michelle Weiss-Samaras, spokeswoman for the Denver medical examiner's office, and is believed to be the first in the state this year.

The cause of death was identified as "multiple injuries due to a fall," according to the report.

Thamba, 19, also known as Levy Thamba Pong, was in Denver for spring break, Ms. Weiss-Samaras said. One of his friends was 21 and therefore was able to purchase the marijuana cookies legally. Thamba, who was from Congo, was a student at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo. The school said he started studying engineering in January.

After consuming the cookies, Thamba began exhibiting "hostile behavior . . . and spoke erratically," the report said. Thamba's friends succeeded in calming him down briefly, but then he apparently got out of bed, went to the balcony "and jumped over the balcony railing," the report states. He was declared dead at the scene.

MUDSLIDE TOLL AT 30

EVERETT, Wash. - The number of confirmed deaths in the Washington state mudslide rose to 30 today with the release of another victim's name.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says 67-year-old Gloria Halstead of Arlington died of multiple blunt force injuries in the accident. She had been on the list of missing, which now drops to 17.

Recovery crews are still searching for bodies in the March 22 landslide that crushed the community of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle. …

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