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Police discover that man admitted to hospital after weed made him sick is a fugitive

Jan 5, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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29-year-old man sought medical care for his illness and was taken to the TriStar Skyline Medical Center for treatment.

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A fugitive wanted in several U.S. states was busted in a Nashville hospital after consuming cannabis he said made him sick.

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On Jan. 2, WKRN reports the 29-year-old man sought medical care for his illness and was taken to the TriStar Skyline Medical Center for treatment.

While receiving treatment, officers conducted a records check of the man and found out that he was a fugitive. The probe showed he had two outstanding warrants for failing to appear and was also wanted by U.S. Marshals in Virginia, according to WKRN.

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The man was taken into custody after receiving treatment and being discharged.

It is not clear how much cannabis the man consumed, his regular consumption (if any) or if he had any related health conditions.

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Cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), for example, can cause “frequent, severe nausea and vomiting,” notes the Cleveland Clinic. The information points out that there is a higher risk of developing CHS if a person consumes weed at least once a week and if the individual has used cannabis since adolescence.

If left untreated, reports Southwestern Vermont Health Care, “severe prolonged vomiting can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances in the blood, which can cause rare complications, including confusion, muscle spasms or weakness, seizures, kidney failure, abnormal heart rhythms and shock.”

But outstanding warrants were not the only thing police officers discovered. While searching the man, they also found 7.3 grams of cannabis in his pocket, resulting in new charges.

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According to Criminal Defence Lawyer, possessing or selling any amount of cannabis is illegal in Tennessee.

It is a misdemeanour to possess or exchange “up to and including one half of ounce of marijuana (with or without payment),” the information explains. “For a first conviction, penalties include up to a year in jail, a fine of up at least US$250 ($317.50) and as much as $2,500 ($31,750), or both,” it adds.

It’s certainly not the first time a wanted person was busted for drugs either inside or outside of a hospital.

Last March, a 45-year-old fugitive was arrested on multiple drug charges while parked outside of a Louisiana hospital. He was cited for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana, possession of methadone, Suboxone and drug paraphernalia, per Houma Today.

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