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Cookies make a hash of Mormons

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Cookies make a hash of Mormons
Melbourne Australia The Age (AAP) 7Oct99 D2
Cookies make a hash of Mormons

Two men accused of poisoning two LDS missionaries with hashish were indicted on Tuesday. Douglas Lynch, 40, and Alexander McLean, 46, are accused of giving the missionaries, on May 19, 12 cookies they had made with the extract from the marijuana plant. By the time the two Elders arrived home from visiting Lynch and McLean, they were feeling ill. The Elders were taken to Monash Medical Centre and treated for cannabinoid intoxication.

Although the two defendants have not yet entered a plea, a tentative trial date has been set for December. Senior Constable Hammill told the Australian Associated Press (AAP) that the main issue in the case was whether or not giving the missionaries the cookies constituted serious injury. The missionaries identified McLean as the one that offered them the cookies.

The charges include, among other things, cultivating narcotic plants, using and possessing cannabis, recklessly causing injury, conduct endangering a person, administering a substance that could substantial- ly interfere with bodily functions and introducing a drug of dependence into the body of another.

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