The mother of a 22-year-old Tulsa area man believes the ingestion of marijuana candies led to his apparent suicide in Colorado.
Luke Gregory Goodman, a recent graduate of Oral Roberts University, died Monday after shooting himself Saturday at a ski resort in Keystone, Colorado, authorities said.
A toxicology test could determine whether the drug factored into his death.
“It was 100 percent the drugs,” Kim Goodman, Luke’s mother, told Denver TV station CBS-4, noting that her son was well-adjusted. “It was completely because of the drugs — he had consumed so much of it.”
Luke Goodman consumed a large amount of edible marijuana candies prior to his death, according to a statement released by Regan Wood, coroner for Summit County, Colorado. The manner of his death is consistent with a suicide, and the cause of death is a gunshot wound to the head, Wood said.
Toxicology results will take about three weeks to be completed, the coroner said.
If authorities find a significant amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in Goodman’s system and determine it attributed to his taking his own life, the case would mark the second suicide ascribed at least in part to edible marijuana since recreational sales began in Colorado in January 2014, according to the Denver Post.
Last March, 19-year-old Wyoming college student Levy Thamba became agitated after eating pot-infused edibles and leaped to his death from a Denver hotel balcony.
A phone message left Thursday for Greg Goodman, Luke’s father, was not immediately returned. A memorial service for Luke Goodman is scheduled Friday in Jenks.
Goodman was with his cousin, Caleb Fowler, at a ski resort in Keystone when they purchased $78 worth of marijuana and pot-laced edibles, Fowler told CBS-4.
After the two decided to eat some of the candies, Goodman ultimately consumed five of them but did not immediately feel any effects, the TV station reported. The recommended dosage is one piece of candy, and a warning label states that it can take two hours for the drug to kick in, the station reported.
Fowler said his cousin eventually became weird and incoherent, speaking in a nonsensical manner.
“He would make eye contact with us but didn’t see us, didn’t recognize our presence almost,” Fowler told the TV station. “He had never got close to this point. I had never seen him like this.”