Drug Law

Denver Police Say Man Ate Pot Candy Before Shooting, Killing Wife

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with 911 allegedly ate marijuana-infused candy before shooting her.

Kristine Kirk, 44, who was shot and killed April 14, told a 911 dispatcher that her husband ate pot candy and began hallucinating, frightening their three children, according to search warrants released Thursday.

Richard Kirk, 47, allegedly shot Kristine to death 12 minutes into the 911 call Monday.

Authorities say Kirk may have also taken prescription pain medication before the incident.

Kristine told a dispatcher that her husband had asked her to get a gun and shoot him and that she was “scared of what he might do.”

He can be heard in the background of the 911 call talking about the pot candy he legally bought from a Denver pot dispensary earlier that evening.

When he was arrested, a detective noted that his speech and inability to focus appeared to be that of someone under the influence of drugs. Kirk was reportedly rambling when he confessed to killing his wife.

Authorities found a receipt for items such as “Karma Kandy Orange Ginger,” ABC News reported.

Kirk’s blood is being analyzed to find out if he was under the influence of any other substances.

“He’s hurting,” said his brother Lance Kirk told KUSA-TV.

The story comes amid rising concern about the safety of marijuana edibles. A 19-year-old college student jumped to his death from a Denver hotel earlier this month after eating a pot cookie.

Illinois lawmakers this week dropped language from a bill regulating their new medical marijuana industry that would ban anyone with a medical marijuana card from owning a firearm.

Sources: CBS News, ABC News