Pot-laced cookie reaction leads to gun arrest for Greenbank man

A 41-year-old Greenbank man was arrested after he had a bad reaction to marijuana cookies and illegally possessed a shotgun in violation of a court order, documents allege.

Troy Nelson pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Sept. 24 to unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree and violation of a court order.

A Greenbank woman reported on March 13 that her friend, Nelson, was having a bad reaction to marijuana cookies that he baked. She said he seemed unaware of what he was doing and was talking about a tsunami coming, so she handcuffed him to a pool ladder outside and called 911.

Deputy Scott Davis with the Island County Sheriff’s Office arrived and found Nelson in the basement of the house. He was holding a shotgun with the muzzle near his face. When he saw the deputy, Nelson pleaded with him not to shoot him, according to Davis’ report.

Davis took control of the shotgun. Nelson said he had wanted to kill himself. The deputy took him into protective custody and transported him to the hospital. He was later moved to the VA hospital in Seattle.

Davis wrote that Nelson had been living with the woman, in violation of a domestic violence no-contact order issued against him. In addition, the order prohibited him from possessing firearms.

If convicted of the charges, Nelson could face from one to three months in jail.


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