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    A caregiver points out the strength of an edible marijuana candy bar at a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver on Friday. In its entirety, the candy bar is as strong as 30 marijuana joints. Two recent deaths have raised concerns about Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug. Ed Andrieski/The Associated Press

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 12:08 am, Sat Apr 19, 2014.

DENVER — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.

The two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint.

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