Klamath Falls, Ore. – “Never eat a cookie that you find on the ground,” those words from a young boy who was hospitalized this weekend after he accidentally ate a medical marijuana cookie. “I felt like I was vibrating up and down, and that everything looked like it wasn’t real.”
Eight-year-old Jackson Hart of Klamath Falls had eaten what he thought was just a cookie. He said, “I seen a wrapper that said ‘cookie’. I grabbed it, and it was heavy, and I looked inside and it was a cookie, and I ate it, and it was not a good cookie.”
The boy found the cookie at a rock quarry at the end of Balsam Drive in the Stewart-Lenox area at about 3:00 Saturday afternoon, and began feeling sick a couple of hours later.
“My son started staying he wasn’t feeling very well, pulling at his face, and saying that he wasn’t feeling right,” Said Jackson’s mother, Jessica Hart. She took her son to the hospital after reading that the cookie contained medical marijuana. Hart said the amount that comes in a cookie is 2 does for an adult, that’s enough to hospitalize a child.
Jackson was in the hospital for over 5 hours as doctors monitored his rapid pulse and heart rate. His mother is hoping that this will serve as a reminder to keep all medicines away from children.
While Jackson’s doing just fine now, there’s something important that he’d like to share, “Never eat a cookie that you find on the ground.”
Jessica Hart says officials from poison control are using cases like this to study the unknown effects of large doses of marijuana on children.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.