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Seniors Sickened by Pot Brownies at Funeral

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock (HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) -- Three Huntington Beach, Calif., senior citizens were hospitalized Saturday after they were fed pot brownies at a memorial service for their friend.

Two Huntington Beach and Newport Beach women, both 71, and an 82-year-old man ended up in the emergency room at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach Saturday night with “nausea, dizziness and [an] inability to stand unassisted,” according to a report on the Huntington Beach Police Department’s Facebook page.

According to the report, a tray of brownies with medicinal marijuana was served during the ceremony, but no one was aware of the added ingredient.

“Our understanding is the person who passed away consumed brownies with medical marijuana in them, and apparently somebody put out a tray maybe in honor or tribute to that person, but didn’t tell everybody what was in them. And people were consuming the brownies without knowing they had the marijuana in them,” Lt. Russell Reinhart of the Huntington Beach Police told ABC News affiliate  KABC in Los Angeles.

All three people have since been treated and released.

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Funeral Industry Changes as Americans Fatten Up

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The fatter Americans get, the more businesses stretch to accommodate them -- even funeral homes, and casket and mortuary lift retailers.

"This is, unfortunately, a sign of the times, both experienced in life and after death," said Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "We're seeing the widening of seats, the widening of cup holders and, now, the widening of caskets."

About one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. About 17 percent of children and teens are obese, triple the rate from a generation ago.

Goliath Caskets, a Lynn, Ind.-based company, creates and sells caskets starting at 29 inches wide; they can run up to 52 inches wide and 8 feet long. Even the standard casket size has grown from 24 inches to about 27 inches. Goliath’s owner says the typical size changed about 15 years ago as people became increasingly overweight and obese.

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