Cannabis Tour Guide to Maureen Dowd: YOU WERE WARNED!

DowdNY Times Pulitzer-prize winning Journalist Maureen Dowd was warned about the possible negative effects of eating marijuana BEFORE she had her bad trip. Looks like our work combating marijuana lies, misinformation and yellow journalism is not quite over.

In her recent NY Times column the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist detailed her “bad trip” after eating an edible in a Colorado hotel room while covering the state’s legal weed scene. Dowd wrote: “I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn’t move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn’t answer, he’d call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy…As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.”

According to the Cannabist, Matt Brown, co-founder of tourism company My 420 Tours, picked up Dowd in January as she was in town covering the pot scene and spent three-to-four hours with her he said, “giving her the behind-the-scenes tour and explanations that I had time and time again.”

Was Dowd told about the possible negative effects of eating too much weed before her bad trip? YES! “She got the warning,” Brown said. “She did what all the reporters did. She listened. She bought some samples—I don’t remember what exactly. Me and the owner of the dispensary we were at and the assistant manager and the budtender talked with her for 45 minutes at the shop.”

Dowd blamed the debacle on the fact that the edible she consumed, much like the bottle of Chardonnay she drank with it, didn’t have any mention of dosing on the label. However we now know that she did have all the information she needed to avoid an overdose. It was given to her verbally by the expert who sold the edible to her.

“It wasn’t all, ‘Be careful of edibles.’ We talked about the difference between shatter and bubble hash. We talked about edibles and how they affect everyone differently. In the context of covering all the bases with a customer, we really went into depth to tell this reporter, who would then tell the world, about marijuana in Colorado,” Brown told the Cannabist.

Take some personal responsibility for your actions, Dowd. For decades a multitude of  activists have worked tirelessly to ensure we all have access to marijuana where its legal and the necessary information to use it safely. Many more worked tirelessly to combat the type of lies, misinformation and yellow journalism appearing in your article that made marijuana illegal in the first place! It’s a shame that progress is marginalized and jeopardized by your selfish quest for attention. Grow up, Dowd, whether you support legalization or not, you’re not helping anybody—especially the adults mature enough to listen to directions and use marijuana responsibly.

Do you think Maureen Dowd’s post does the marijuana industry a disservice? Let us know in the comments below.


3 Responses to “Cannabis Tour Guide to Maureen Dowd: YOU WERE WARNED!”

  1. Ezekial Reins

    She should get another prize, this time for being a moron. Journalists know that power and persuasion is found in their words. She is abusing her power by not using her intellect properly in other aspects of her life. She should have wrote that article with her stupidity as the subject. I also think that she should formally apologize to the people of the country for using herself as a negative influence and demonizing marijuana when it was her poor judgment to blame. A bottle of Chardonnay and Cannabis edibles? Sounds like she was trying for a bad experience. A glass of wine would be enough.

  2. Thisis Insane

    We are always going to have ‘Reefer Madness’ affected people who think they are smarter that anyone else, yet, haven’t enough information to even think straight.


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