Attorney For California Woman Who Stabbed Herself With Marijuana Uses “Psychotic” Argument To Avoid Jail

Attorneys for the California woman who killed her boyfriend to escape prison due to a cannabis-induced psychosis are cautioning that, even in jurisdictions where marijuana is legal, highly potent strains obtained from “illicit” suppliers can have unpredictably bad outcomes.

Attorney For California Woman Who Stabbed Herself With Marijuana Uses

The 32-year-old Bryn Spejcher stabbed her partner Chad O’Melia 108 times after using an extremely strong marijuana strain that, according to her attorneys, had a warning label she was unaware of. After stabbing her dog, she turned the knife on herself and managed to survive multiple operations and 43 self-inflicted wounds.

“The defence presented in court was not a ‘con job’ as some have described it,” her attorney Michael Goldstein told Fox News Digital. “The defence of ‘cannabis-induced psychosis’ was based primarily on the testimony of both renowned psychiatrist Dr William Wirshing and prosecution expert Dr Kris Mohandie.”

In the trial, the work of four experts was cited, including Wirshing and Mohandie. They both concluded that the explosions were “unpredictable” and “unforeseeable,” according to Goldstein.

He stated that the particular strain had a warning label that read, “Caution, for High Tolerance Users Only,” and its THC content was 31.8%. The average THC level of cannabis that the DEA collected was 4% in 1995 and has increased to 17% in 2017, according to the Yale School of Medicine.

A search of, the website for a dispensary located in Los Angeles, turned a legal marijuana “flower” with THC content as high as 39%. Local rival The Artist Tree offered comparable values on Friday.

According to Goldstein, THC concentrations in processed and concentrated goods can reach 90%.

“Nobody seems to want to address this issue,” he said.

According to Goldstein, O’Melia’s roommate experienced an “extreme reaction” months before the fatal encounter after smoking from the same bong. He experienced death anxiety and hallucinations.

Before the stabbing, Spejcher had smoked marijuana fewer than six times, according to her attorneys, who called her a “naive user.” She is herself hard of hearing and was employed as an audiologist at the UCLA Medical Center.

When asked how Spejcher’s case differed from a fatal drunk driving collision, Goldstein stated that the key distinction is that the killer knew what she was getting into.

“As far as a DUI is concerned, that person knowingly and consciously drinks to excess and decides to get behind the wheel of a car,” he said. “In Ms. Spejcher’s case, she took a hit of what she believed to be a legal consumer product in the sanctity of Mr. O’Melia’s home as they sat on his couch with no plans to go drive home that evening.”

He added that while O’Melia supplied the marijuana, she neglected to read the label.

“Mr. O’Melia was a well-documented, experienced and chronic user of high-potency cannabis,” he added, citing evidence introduced in the trial. “That came with a responsibility. With that information, Ms. Spejcher could have made an informed decision and this tragedy could have been avoided.”

O’Melia’s father, who led a demonstration outside the courtroom before Spejcher’s sentencing, said to Fox News Friday that his son and the family felt “completely failed” by the system when Spejcher was only sentenced to two years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and no jail time.

“The judge didn’t do his job,” he said. “He didn’t do what he was responsible to do.”

“Our prayers are with the O’Melia family and cannot imagine the unspeakable loss they have suffered,” Goldstein said. “Ms Spejcher never envisioned taking a hit of a legal substance, spiralling into a severe psychotic state and stabbing another human being and then herself.”

California allows the use of marijuana for recreational purposes by anyone over 21 and for prescribed medical purposes by people over 18.

In December, a Ventura County jury returned an involuntary manslaughter verdict against Spejcher.

Last Thursday, the judge imposed a two-year probationary period and 100 hours of community service.

“Ms. Spejcher is broken and remorseful for what happened to Chad,” Goldstein said. “She will never again live a normal life and her medical license and ability to help other deaf people is at risk.”

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