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Marijuana Inmate With Allergy Dies After Being Given Oatmeal

Posted on  October 17, 2012 by  Site Admin

 Although marijuana has never killed anyone in history, the marijuana laws have claimed another tragic victim. Michael Saffioti, 22, who, upon his mother's advice, had turned himself in to the Lynnwood Police Department after missing a court date, was dead after just one night in the Snohomish County Jail in Washington state, reports Molly Shen of KATU.com. The county could face a lawsuit for ignoring Saffioti's food allergy. The young man knew dairy products could kill him; he read labels and carried medication, and suffered severe reactions from just being near dairy protein. His anxiety over the allergy was so severe, in fact, it left him needing medication. "Ultimately, he found and thought he was better functioning using marijuana," said his mother, Rose Saffioti, who is a nurse. But Michael didn't have a doctor's recommendation to use cannabis medicinally, which left him vulnerable to prosecution. His marijuana use led to several encounters with law enforcement. After the most recent incident, he and his mother went to the police station, carrying his medical history, after he had missed a court date. "I wanted Michael held accountable for his legal issues and I insisted on it," his mother said. "But I didn't want him to die." Michael started having trouble breathing after eating the oatmeal that was served to him in jail. According to other inmates, he begged for help. The guards accused him of faking it, and allowed him to die in horrible pain. The autopsy found his allergic reaction to milk...