Luke Goodman (photo below), 23 of Tulsa, committed suicide over the weekend in Keystone, Colorado.
While the toxicology reports have not been released, his family believes that edible marijuana candies are to blame. Goodman’s death is the third in Colorado that reportedly involved marijuana edibles.
Goodman, a college graduate, was in the middle of a family skiing and snowboarding vacation when this happened.
On Saturday afternoon, he and his cousin, Caleb Fowler, traveled by bus from Keystone to Silverthorne. Fowler told CBS 4 that they bought $78 worth of marijuana edible candies during this trip.
Referring to Goodman, Fowler stated,
“He was excited to do them.”
The two young men reportedly began consuming the marijuana infused candies as soon as they returned to Keystone. Fowler reported that Goodman particularly enjoyed the peach tart candies (photo below).
Each of these little gummies contain 10 milligrams of active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana. The recommended dose for an adult is only 10 milligrams, which is equal to just one piece. According to Fowler, Goodman did not follow the recommended dose, and ate five of them after one produced no immediate effect.
According to his mother, Goodman probably did not see the warning on the container which read, “The intoxicating effects of this product may be delayed by two or more hours…the standardized serving size for this product includes no more than 10 mg.”
Fowler reported that Goodman started acting jittery, and then he became incoherent and was talking nonsense a few hours after consuming the marijuana infused candies. He describes Luke at the time,
“He would make eye contact with us but didn’t see us, didn’t recognize our presence almost. He had never got close to this point, I had never seen him like this[…]It was almost like something else was speaking through him.”
He did not want to join the rest of the family when they left the condo that evening, and after they were gone, he shot himself with a handgun that he typically used for protection.
According to Summit County Coroner, Regan Wood, the gunshot wound was the primary cause of death, and the effect of the candies will be more clear when they receive the toxicology results.
However, his mother, who believes edibles should be taken off the market, reported,
“It was 100 percent the drugs[…]It was completely out of character for Luke…there was no depression or anything that would leave us being concerned, nothing like that.”
Fowler reportedly agrees. He stated,
“He was the happiest guy in the world. He had everything going for him.”
The family is planning a memorial service for Luke in Tulsa on Friday.
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