Cannabis Finally Killed Someone, but Not How You Think

September 15, 2015   |   Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl
September 15, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Columbia, SC — Richland County authorities recently revealed that a man died after trying to swallow bags of cannabis to avoid criminal charges for possessing them.

According to a review from the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, his death was due to “subsequent cardiac arrest which resulted in diffuse anoxic brain injury.”

According to the official narrative, Zachary McDaniels was caught stealing a car from a shopping center. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office said McDaniels and another man fled on foot after being pulled over in the stolen car.

They were caught and arrested, but when he was in custody, he started having trouble breathing. The sheriff’s office says EMS workers arrived and tried to remove the bags from his airway, but to no avail.

He “managed to ingest four other bags of marijuana before the fifth became stuck,” according to an autopsy at the hospital. He ended up brain dead from the asphyxiation and his family eventually took him off life support on September 6th. He died shortly after.

Apparently, the difficult circumstances the criminal justice system forces cannabis users into are more dangerous than cannabis itself.

Every day — where cannabis is still illegal — people are incarcerated, fined, and threatened by the state for possessing or consuming it. Nevertheless, activist efforts to legalize cannabis have culminated in full recreational legalization in multiple states, with others in the process repealing prohibition on the plant.

RELATED: 8 Reasons Why Ending The War On Drugs Would Make The World A Safer Place

This man’s attempted disposal of cannabis to avoid incarceration in the not-so-cannabis-friendly state of South Carolina cost him his life.


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Author: Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in March of 2014. His topics of interest include thinking, creating a future, deep spirituality, and astrology. He resides in Sacramento, California.

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  1. He was stealing cars hiding drugs then tried to swallow them to avoid more charges and it's the war on drugs? Good this low life is dead.

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  2. He was stealing cars hiding drugs then tried to swallow them to avoid more charges and it's the war on drugs? Good this low life is dead.

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  3. He was stealing cars hiding drugs then tried to swallow them to avoid more charges and it's the war on drugs? Good this low life is dead.

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  4. Dumbass's, it wasn't the pot it was the plastic bags, so still no deaths contributed to weed!

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  5. It is the war on drugs.

    What are the comparitive penalties for grand theft auto vice possession with intent to distribute?

    Since when are possession with intent or grand theft auto capitol offenses, moron?

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  6. He might have stolen the drugs – swallowing stolen goods is a well known way of trying to dispose of the evidence. But this was not a death that can be attributed to cannabis. Not like the poor guy who crashed his car and the unsecured boxes full of cannabis in the back

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  7. Ha ha! I grow my pot in my back yard with my tomatoes, and get stoned every day. Own and run my own business and don't hurt anyone.
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  8. Sheila Conley-Spires you are a piece of shit ! Wishing anyone dead should probably direct you straight for a 1 way trip to hell. He didn't hurt anyone, yet you wish him dead, what an evil piece of shit you are

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  9. It's a damn lie. They cuffed and stuffed Stuck them bags in his mouth while holding it shut. We all know if the have to chace you that they go insane. Another murder!

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  10. For all the pea brain low IQ people that think weed killed someone – take the time to actually read the article before posting. K thx.

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  37. I don't think the author of the article knows what they are talking about. He died from choking. Marijuanna was not a part of the equation. The headline is a lie made to generate traffic to the site. What a pity.

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  38. Wow for a minute there I thought they were gonna say he choked on it and died…..oh…wait a minute

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  39. The drug war kills people. The drug itself does not. Cannabis is completely non-toxic, nobody has ever died of an overdose, in the 8,000+ year history of human use. And no, this death was not in any way due to toxicity of cannabis.

    This, alone, is reason enough to end prohibition.

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  40. Our Government don`t want a better world!!!Our Government is made up of a bunch fat lazy old fuuckers!!!I If anything on this planet should be ileagle ,,Its their fat asses sitting in Congress for way more years than their usefullness !!Those are the CRIMINALS,,,not the pot smokers………………………………………………

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  41. Charles R LeFever Doesn't matter Charles Deby May Galvin is to busy killin her liver with booze to make any sense.

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  42. Charles Shoemaker Since I missed it, care to elaborate instead of making a snide comment?

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  43. Look, the police often go ape shit if you run from them. Okay, of course I don't know the exact scenario. Don't need to because none of us wil ever know. I am relying on the police abuse history.. Along with my history and insight, which is obviously better than some other people's. He got 4 bags down (probably nickel or gram bags), but the fitth one stuck? One stuck! It also says bag(s) blocked his airway. Which is it? What? He's staying alive choking without air? Is it a minute? Is there an ambulance following them around too? How long before it came if not? Shouldn't he be dead by then? Or should he still be alive. I didn't want to type all that. I just wanted to point out the obvious… It's just another cover story. Period. Think about it what you read for more than 10 seconds before you believe the bullshit because… It's bulshit, and that's it. I don't care beyond that or for anymore of this. We are all fucked soon anyway. If you don't think the endgame is to kill kill kill, you're sadly mistaken. Wake up if any of you have yet to do so. Thanks for the advice on coherent sentences anyway. Good choice of words on the cocopuffs. lol. How about bananas, too? Like, in the whole beast system "the powers that be" have created for us. Wait until you see the new one after the Pope leaves the U.N. meeting next week. Which you won't see for long, if you're lucky. They are going to go ahead and try to kill off most of the world anyway. Don't beleive me? You're sadly mistaken, blind, and asleep at the wheel of life. Meds nor marijuana are going to help any of us. Bless all you and yours! See you all on the other side.

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  45. Coty Culbreth …he didn't have to swallow it at all. Regardless of the fact that it is illegal. I mean, when I got my two misdemeanor's for possession and paraphernalia for marijuana I didn't try to swallow my mason jar and bowl. They were illegal to possess, yes, but that doesn't mean I HAD to try and swallow them…just like the moron in the article above didn't have to be an idiot. I really suggest you think about what you're saying before you type it.

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  46. A girl in England Died from smoking canabis she was a user and stopped for a while then had only a few joints told her parents she was tired went to bed and never woke up cocorners report overdose of Marijuanna.

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  47. Source your story please. If so, this would be the first death from Canabis overdose in world history. Very unlikely.

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  48. I remember that story. She had injected 4 marijuanas. No one should ever inject more than 3 marijuanas!!

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  49. Lol, he swallowed the bags? fucking idiot. xD that is some class A natural selection for us. I wouldnt laugh at the guy if he wasn't trying to ruin someone else's day by stealing something from another person. (steal from corporste entities people jesus.)

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  50. In order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

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