Defense: Lack of Warning on Marijuana Potency Led to Fatal Collision

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    A San Diego woman was "catastrophically impaired" when she crashed her car into a vintage Porsche and killed a woman two years ago, her attorney told jurors Wednesday.

    However, his client is not guilty of murder because she was sold a very potent strain of marijuana with little or no warning of its strength, her attorney said.

    Hyun Jeong Choi, 33, faces three felony charges including murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI under the influence of drugs causing injury.

    She was arrested on March 27, 2016, following a collision on Pomerado Roadbetween Caminito Alto and Sycamore Test Road.

    Amanda Walzer, 43, was riding in a 1956 Porsche that had only lap seat belts and no airbags.

    When Choi's vehicle traveled over the raised median, it collided with the Porsche, killing Walzer and injuring the Porsche driver.

    When her trial began Wednesday, attorney Stephen G. Cline told jurors that his client cannot be convicted of murder because his client had been sold Jupiter OG after a brief visit to a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

    Choi "made a naive and negligent mistake," he said, adding the lack of training of marijuana dispensary staff compounded the issue.

    Choi, who had a medicinal marijuana card for social anxiety disorder, purchased the marijuana based on the packaging after "roughly 9 minutes" of consultation with dispensary employees, Cline said.

    He said she pulled over on her way home, took a couple of puffs and started driving.

    The collision took place approximately six miles from the dispensary.

    Cline said his client lost her hearing as well as control over her arms and legs before the crash.

    “She had no idea what she left that store with in regards to strength,” the attorney told jurors.

    Officers found two different types of marijuana in Choi's vehicle as well as a marijuana pipe that was still warm to the touch, the prosecutor said.

    "The issue is not whether she is guilty of some of these charges," Cline said. "The issue is whether she is guilty of murder."

    NBC 7 has reached out to the dispensary involved to get more information regarding Choi's visit.

    Choi faces a maximum of 22 years to life if convicted of all three charges.

    https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/...sche-Crash-Hyun-Choi-Cannabis--486069361.html
     
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    Amazing how tobacco companies are evil for boosting nicotine levels, but its ok for weed growers to develope stains with higher levels of thc.
     
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    Si. No intent, no crime. Cut her loose.
     
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    Take some advice from the experts.
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    How about ... if she didn't smoke the weed in the first place the unfortunate victim would have been alive! This so called blame game is pathetic!
     
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    I hope she rots in that jail cell. I've worked way to many of these fatals
     
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    It's like taking a swig of rum and it turns out it is 151. Maybe it's best not to drive after taking a mind altering substance. Or am I making too much sense.
     
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    I see this as no different than if you got really drunk because you you didn't know the alcohol content of the craft beers.


    Smoke or Drink a ton at home = no problem.
    Smoke or drink anything, and then go drive = big problem.
     
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    Beat me by a few minutes, with basically stealing my thoughts :fist::supergrin:
     
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    If you want to drive under the influence then you take that gamble,plain and simple
     
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    Well, now that it is regulated and legal, they need some way to measure the potency. But the independent variable of usage, and the changes in the effects on the user, make it impossible to ascertain its effect on the person. If I was selling weed, I would have a huge liability policy just for situations like this. The dead person's family needs to sue both the user and the weed seller. Works for bars and drunk drivers. Spread the love!
     
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    Hyun Jeong Choi, 33, faces three felony charges including murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI under the influence of drugs causing injury.

    Amanda Walzer, 43, was riding in a 1956 Porsche that had only lap seat belts and no airbags.


    I'm surprised the defense didn't blame the Porsche owner for their own death and injury because the Porsche was not retrofitted with the current safety equipment.
     
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    ...and anxiety, man.
     
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    No excuse !!!
     
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    They 'should' have labels of some kind explaining the dosage. This gummy edible = 10mg, or something like that, then the liability would fall all on the people.
    If the liquor store doesn't explain to me that this bottle of scotch I am buying is stronger than a can of bud-light, they are not responsible for my actions when I get super drunk, because it is up to me to actually read the alcohol content on the label.

    If they don't have anything labeled, then they should work on that.
     
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    Wow! I'm starting to think lawyers might be at the root of all of our problems in the US.
     
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    Edibles I guess can be quantified. Smoking marijuana would be much harder to quantify because of smoking styles.