A story posted recently on the fake-news site DailyCurrant.com
alleged that hospitals in Colorado were being overwhelmed by people suffering from marijuana poisoning. There were 37 people dead already!
The article quoted a Dr. Jack Shepard of St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver as saying, "It's complete chaos here. I've put five college students in body bags since breakfast and more are arriving every minute."
Enough people believed this story that St. Luke's Medical Center (which is a real hospital) felt compelled to issue a statement denying the report
The name Dr. Jack Shepard is an allusion to the fictional doctor on the TV show Lost
Also, marijuana has extremely low toxicity. There's no known case of a fatal marijuana overdose.
Among those who apparently were taken in by the Daily Currant's
article was Sweden's Justice Minister Beatrice Ask. She shared the article on her Facebook page, along with the comment, "Stupid and sad. My first submitted proposal in the youth wing was called 'Crush drugs!'. In this matter, I have not changed my judgment at all."
She was subsequently heavily criticized for sharing the article (and apparently believing it). However, her press secretary told the Aftonbladet newspaper that she had been aware the article was satire. [thelocal.se