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Legalization Violations in Washington
News Article Compilation by Parents Opposed to Pot, 5/2018



Oct 14, 2014, 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg shot and killed 4 students he had invited to lunch with him the school cafeteria.  He killed himself, too. His Twitter account revealed that he was despondent over a breakup and was smoking a bowl of weed to get over it.  The girlfriend because he smoked too much weed. 

 November, 30, 2016, Everett: Psychotic man, pot user, took 6-year-old hostage in bathroom while held in siege for many hours.  Policeman Jake Gutierrez was shot: https://www.kiro7.com/news/south-sound-news/officers-death-was-sudden-and-savage-then-a-10-hour-siege/522374048

Intruders shot and killed at marijuana growhouse: http://komonews.com/news/local/police-2-intruders-shot-killed-at-marijuana-grow-house-11-20-2015

5 teens in Everett killed a boy’s mother when she tried to defend her son.   The violent 16- and 17-year-olds who were trying to steal the son’s marijuana and meth.

A 17- year-old and an 18-year-old in Kent fatally shot a 20-year old over a marijuana deal.

A 16--year old murdered another 16-year-old in a Safeway parking lot, located in Vancouver.  The victim was going to give a dealer, Jaycob Trotter cash, but Trotter ran over Cesar Ortiz-Velasco. 

In February of 2016, a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old murdered another 16-year old over pot, In Federal Way.

The two teens who shot and injured each other over a pot deal in Lynnwood, Washington on May 12, 2017, survived.

In September, 2016, a 20-year-old killed an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old over a bag of weed in Tukwila, Washington.  

Hamza Warsame, 16,  died from jumping six stories to his death while under the influence of marijuana.  It was the first time he used marijuana which was legally purchased by a 21-year-old.  He must have gone psychotic.

Arcan Cetin, another under-aged Washington state pot user, in 2016, used marijuana for his PTSD https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cascade-mall-shooting-suspect-arcan-cetin-zombie-like-arrested-washington/


Crashes including fatalities involving marijuana in Washington

Scotty Rowles was high when he hit a pedestrian in Vancouver on December 12, 2012, at 5:50 p.m.  . He admitted to smoking a little bowl 1-1/2 hours before the crash

A driver was stoned when he hit 7-year old Cadence Boyer on Halloween in Vancouver, Washington. She died two days later. The little girl’s mother and her 6-year old friend were also hospitalized, but survived. The driver, 47-year old Duane C. Abbot told police that he smokes two to three grams of marijuana a day, and that he had smoked about a few hours before the crash

3 Everett teens killed in SUV crash while driver high on marijuana, summer 2017. They were Landon Staley, 16, and Travis Nelson-Phongpiou, 16, of Everett and Mikayla Sorenson, 15, Bothell: https://patch.com/washington/edmonds/marijuana-factor-crash-killed-3-teens-police

3 killed on I-5 when driver was high on marijuana and Xanax, March 2018, in Lakewood. Jaime Pelayo Pelayo, Kelso, Sherry Rodriguez, Kelso and Yanez Martin Rodriguez, Longview, http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article204290254.html

Cheyllyn Collingsworth was high school senior killed by driver high on marijuana shortly before graduation in May, 2017:  http://www.chronline.com/news/driver-arrested-for-vehicular-homicide-in-crash-that-killed-centralia/article_ca800fcc-77d7-11e7-a378-4bb5a240150d.html

Driver who used marijuana everyday killed two teens on sidewalk, and injured two others.  He was a daily pot smoker who said he hadn’t smoked yet that day. Shane Ormiston, 18, and Gabriel Anderson, 15, died on June 10, 2015:  http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/crime/article23820043.html

Driver who killed teacher-jogger Amy Higgins had twice the limit of THC, in March, 2017:  https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/09/05/driver-twice-legal-amount-pot-iwas-running-late-and-took-eyes-off-road-just-before-fatal-crash-jogge/635966001/

Motorcyclist who died in Snohomish County had 8 times the legal limit for marijuana: https://www.heraldnet.com/news/motorcyclist-killed-in-crash-had-high-level-of-thc/

Tyler Martels, a 27-year-old who had beaten opiate pill addiction and resisted the temptation to drink alcohol, took advantage of the state’s marijuana legalization and smoked pot before driving.  He drove into another car and was killed instantly.  His girlfriend and fiancée Stephanie Profitt, hung onto to life for six more weeks but died on January 19, 2013.  Another man is a paraplegic because of this crash.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IescnPn0Vw        This mother talks to student groups about impaired driving. http://www.scnews.com/news/article_36eb25fc-dd5c-11e4-9fbb-938a1dcb4ad1.html http://www.poppot.org/2016/12/07/deaths-legal-pot-immediate-in-washington/

Blake Gaston, a 23-year-old, met his mother for dinner and then left on his motorcycle.   He was immediately hit and killed by a stoned driver on October 4, 2013. http://q13fox.com/2013/12/20/driver-accused-of-being-high-on-pot-arrested-on-vehicular-homicide-charge/

In January, 2015, Kassidy Clark, Jenna Farley and Luther Stroudermire were killed by a classmate who drove stoned. The driver,Marcus McKay survived, but his classmates perished.  The parents of these teens feel he got off too lightly:    The three who died were from Olympic High School, in Kitsap County, Port Orchard, WA.  http://q13fox.com/2015/01/12/olympic-high-student-charged-with-3-counts-of-vehicular-homicide-after-deadly-crash/ 

 3 teens dead all for the joy of driving stoned, and the drive was inconsiderate of them and the families.

Stoned driving accident, Lacey, seriously hurts pedestrian, Feb.27, driver was stoned but also under the legal age for using pot: http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article135359714.html

Wrong-way driver Patrick L. Martin Jr. killed Jennifer Barry of Beaverton, Oregon, July 4, 2015, when he crashed his car into hers on Interstate 5, in Thurston County. He pled guilty to charges of vehicular assault and driving under the influence of marijuana. www.theolympian.com/news/local/crime/article94940477.html

 19-year-old Shelton teen killed a pedestrian, Maria Hoaglund, in Olympia.  Driver was high on marijuana and Suboxone http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article133011804.html

Pedestrian death in Lacey, 2014, driver suspected to be under influence of pot http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article26071207.html

Man sentenced for killing woman walking baby in stroller.  Pot DUI: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/jun/06/driver-who-struck-and-killed-great-grandmother-on-/

Stoned driving accident, Lacey, seriously hurts pedestrian, Feb.27, driver was stoned but also under the legal age for using pot: http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article135359714.html

One Washington dealer is emboldened by idea of a Sessions crackdown http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/marijuana/article137859928.html    


Butane Hash Oil Explosions, deaths:




August 19,2016 http://mynorthwest.com/373502/1-critically-injured-in-spokane-hash-oil-explosion/   

A massive hash oil explosion in Bellevue Apartment Complex killed a woman and displaced at least 10 apartment units.  It totaled at least $1.5 million in damages: http://www.poppot.org/2015/11/05/bellevues-massive-fire-two-years-later-bho/

Child endangered in Butane Hash Oil explosion in 2014: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/nov/21/man-pleads-guilty-in-hash-oil-explosion/

Washington man kills his mother in fire -- by electricity from marijuana grow!http://q13fox.com/2017/06/14/south-kitsap-man-charged-with-marijuana-manufacture-after-mother-dies-in-house-fire/  


Seattle, WA http://komonews.com/news/local/fire-at-marijuana-shop-sends-smoke-billowing-through-lake-city?utm_content=buffer613b8&utDm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer          

Hash oil lab explosion put baby in danger: http://komonews.com/news/local/infant-was-inside-house-when-hash-oil-lab-exploded


Problems with Edibles, getting to children, and child endangerment

5th grader brought pot edibles to school: https://blog.seattlepi.com/marijuana/2015/02/23/student-brings-pot-edible-to-seattle-school/

Mom shared bong with toddler, in Centralia,:   http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/12/17286481-mom-allegedly-let-toddler-do-bong-hit

Marijuana laced with heroin or fentanyl:  http://fox8.com/2017/02/09/painesville-township-fire-department-warns-about-opiate-laced-marijuana/

Adults Selling or Giving  to Minors, Washington


WA  http://www.yaktrinews.com/news/local-news/tri-cities/kennewick-police-uncover-marijuana-candy-shop-vehi/361939913

Father gave her marijuana oil to make brownies which she brought to school



Stoned father drove recklessly and forced daughter to walk home. He was under influence.  http://kcby.com/news/local/police-man-arrested-after-nearly-causing-crash-tells-12-year-old-daughter-to-walk-home