Michael Evan Anderson -- a 19-year-old student at the University of Arizona -- tragically fell to his death while trying to climb the rooftop tower of his dorm on April 4, 2014. If this story isn't upsetting enough, the media decided to use his death as some sort of a macabre celebratory attack on marijuana, citing reports that he had smoked some pot before he pulled the stunt. Marijuana, they then "proved," was the cause of death and should be prohibited for all use -- even medical.
We're here today to say, slow down fear-mongering media! An illuminating report from the coroner's office released on Monday states the following according to the Arizona Daily Star: "Toxicology results show Michael Evan Anderson, 19, had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit (allowed for drivers) when he died."
If that wasn't clear enough for anyone, here is what the chief medical examiner reported:
“Clearly he was intoxicated and that one (alcohol) is going to have the largest effect on his behavior, more so than marijuana would,” said Dr. Gregory Hess, chief medical examiner for Pima County. “The bottom line for us is this is a young man under the influence, primarily of alcohol, and was climbing that structure for whatever reason and fell.”
So let's leave it at that. This is a tragic, drunken stunt that should not, and factually cannot, be blown into an anti-marijuana argument. Let all of our thoughts be with the young man's family and friends, not in creating propaganda.