Investigative 'marijuana reporter' gets stoned by ACCIDENT and now warns about the dangers of drug after 'panic' on Virgin flight

  • On assignment in the hemp jungles of Los Angeles, Michael Montgomery inadvertently ate what turned out to be marijuana brownies
  • After a panic-inducing experience trying to board a plane, the veteran journalist was forced to rethink how he feels about today's changing laws on the drug

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Ironic: While covering his medical marijuana beat, Michael Montgomery accidentally ate high potency pot brownies

Ironic: While covering his medical marijuana beat, Michael Montgomery accidentally ate high potency pot brownies

A reporter with a beat in the seedy dealings of medical marijuana found himself swallowing a bitter pill as he accidentally got a taste of his own medicine and was forced to re-evaluate his notions of the pot world.

Though many journalists get wrapped up in their work, not a lot cover what Michael Montgomery does.

For the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED, Montgomery has covered California’s medical marijuana laws and booming pot industry for years.

In 2010, he spent the day in Los Angeles with a pot dealer turned business woman looking to reap the benefits of the state’s newly loosened marijuana laws.

‘She let us follow her as she was doing her thing,’ Montgomery said in a video produced by the Center for Investigative Journalism about the incident.

He’d gone to the woman’s home, where she hosted a weekly gathering of weed enthusiasts. A doctor was on call to write marijuana prescriptions for those who needed them, bongs were packed and waiting in a back cottage, and food was available, some laced, some not.

‘It was brunch with pot,’ he said.

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Cute: With the Center for Investigative Journalism, Montgomery made a comically animated video on his ordeal

Cute: With the Center for Investigative Journalism, Montgomery made a comically animated video on his ordeal

Eager to capture the ‘remarkable scene,’ Montgomery wasn’t focused on what was going into his mouth.

Thinking he was merely indulging a sweet tooth, he indulged with his subjects.

‘I didn’t really pay close attention…so I ate the brownies.’

 

‘In a little bit of a hurry,’ Montgomery left for the airport to catch a flight back to San Francisco shortly thereafter.

But when he got there, something wasn’t right.

‘It hits me,’ he said.  ‘I am, like, totally stoned.’ 

Unfortunate: Montgomery boarded a Virgin America plane soon after the brownies kicked in, his first time on the unusually lit air carrier

Unfortunate: Montgomery boarded a Virgin America plane soon after the brownies kicked in, his first time on the unusually lit air carrier

Montgomery managed to get on his flight, but even that didn’t seem normal.

‘I had never flown Virgin America before this trip,’ he said.

Accidentally stoned, the reporter also happened to board what can only be described as the trippiest of all U.S. air carriers. He boarded a cabin filled by moody purple and pink lights and trance music.

‘I gotta get out of this plane,’ he recalled thinking.

Montgomery quickly deboarded in a panic and found a lonely corner in LAX, where he attempted to just sleep it off.  He even called his wife in hopes she could calm him down and she advised him just to wait things out.

For four hours he experienced severe anxiety before he was able to ‘even think about’ boarding another plane. He’d later learn that the marijuana brownies from the party were of a very high grade and even experienced users were encouraged to only eat a quarter to a half of the large dose confections.

He’d eaten two full brownies.

But the experience, Montgomery said, was an educational one

The experienced marijuana journalist had gotten a dose of his own bitter medicine.

Panicked: Montgomery ran off the plane and spent four hours in the airport that forced him to rethink his views on medical marijuana

Panicked: Montgomery ran off the plane and spent four hours in the airport that forced him to rethink his views on medical marijuana

Rethink: Montgomery wondered what a 16-year-old in his position might have done and suggested that more regulation is a good thing

Rethink: Montgomery wondered what a 16-year-old in his position might have done and suggested that more regulation is a good thing

‘[It] got me to think a lot harder about pot.’

Montgomery said he now believes today’s marijuana is a far cry from that of 20 or 30 years ago.

‘If I was a 16 year old kid and ate two of these brownies,’ he wondered. ‘Where would it leave me if I were driving a vehicle?’

Right now, Montgomery said, medical marijuana is not closely regulated. He likely thinks that should change when he’s in the San Francisco Bay area he calls home and commonly encounters the aroma of pot.

‘Every time I smell a joint, I still have that slight little pulse of panic.’

 

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He's a reporter who reported his personal experience with weed. Every body reacts differently to different chemicals. That is a proven fact. I was given morphine for intense pain one time and it was agonizing. Rather than stop the pain, it increased it. It was a nightmare. That was my own personal experience and had nothing to do with being weak or strong. It's just how that particular chemical affects my brain. Everybody has their own reaction to what they ingest. Period.

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Last time I ate pot brownies, I actually ate waaaaay too much, and had a similar experience. I was so high, I thought it was like an out of control acid trip. I'd come back to earth for about a minute or two, then rocket off to yet another seemingly endless tripp. It was exhausting! And I just had to ride it out. Too much pot is more than many can handle, myself included, which is why smoking it is a better way to ensure you don't take toooooo much! Beware the brownies!

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Oh dear the pink and purple scared you. Take a nap, you story sounds like bull.

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¿If I was a 16 year old kid and ate two of these brownies,¿ he wondered. ¿Where would it leave me if I were driving a vehicle?¿ Most likely it would leave you much safer than if you were a 16 year old driving after having one too many drinks. Also, if you are having a panic attack, driving a car is one of the last things you are going to feel inclined to do!

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Seriously? What a LOSER! It'd be one thing if he dropped some acid without realizing, then I could understand the panic, but pot? Please....

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He was at a drug dealer's house, and ate 2 of the highly potent brownies? They would have tasted funny at the first bite- surely! But no, he ate the whole thing, then another...

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- prolozra , Maryland USA, 27/4/2013 12:38**** I am the same way. When I was younger I could smoke weed until the cows came home. But as I got older I started getting panic attacks from smoking and my heart would be pounding out of my chest! No more weed for me. Too bad because I really used to love it. Some people just physically and mentally outgrow it.

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What a sissy putz.

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What an a$$ hole,

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i dont even have to read this. clearly you shouldn't eat the entire brownie only pieces. just like taking a bong hit too many, there goes your night.

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