For decades, there have been a wide array of people and professions telling us that marijuana (or pot) is dangerous. The basic claims are that pot will hinder judgement and cause the user to engage in risky and sometimes life threatening activities.
As if we needed proof, 34-year-old Juan Gabriel Hernandez Torres of San Luis, Mexico, provided just that. Some time in the darkness between Sunday evening and Monday morning, Mr Torres lost his life in a field outside of San Luis, Arizona.
This is what we know: Mr Torres was at the controls of an ultralight vehicle and it crashed in a field. So where’s the pot connection? The vehicle had several bundles of pot attached to it—those bundles weighing in at more than 140 pounds apiece.
A little research will show that the average weight capacity for an ultralight is between 300 and 350 pounds. With just two bundles (280+ pounds), Mr Torres allowed little room for his own weight—surely more than 70 pounds—and certainly doomed himself to an ignoble end among the heads of lettuce below him. And the story says there were “several” bundles!