In a piece entitled "Don't Harsh Our Mellow," best-selling author and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd decided to document herself trying an edible for the first time while covering the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Let us warn you, she gets super dramatic. Take a read of the piece and then look through the responses from the media that are far and away more intelligent.
"For an hour, I felt nothing. I figured I’d order dinner from room service and return to my more mundane drugs of choice, Chardonnay and mediocre-movies-on-demand.
But then I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. 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.
I strained to remember where I was or even what I was wearing, touching my green corduroy jeans and staring at the exposed-brick wall. As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me."
Washington Post Response:
"Most Americans learn to drink by a process of trial and error, conducted through well-established rituals and with social support. If marijuana is to be consumed in similar ways, a lot of new consumers will have to learn how to toke."
"Maybe Times writers are plagued from the get-go on that subject, because despite all its implications for health, crime, the economy, etc., marijuana is inherently goofy. People can't help but chuckle (or shudder) when the high-minded get high. It's like someone's parents showing up to the party and doing a keg stand."
"I would merely posit that a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, who is "not a regular marijuana smoker," might think to ask the dispensary's shopkeeper how much of this candy she should eat. As a reporter for The New York Times. Maybe it was too loud in there?"
Huffington Post Response:
"Perhaps more needs to be done to protect New York Times columnists from the effects of their poor impulse control. In the meantime, the legal weed industry brought in 'nearly $22 million from marijuana taxes, licenses, and fees' so far this fiscal year, so I say praise the Lord and pass the vaporizer."
"Gauging by the chatter on social media, her point was lost amid the cautionary tale she told."
If @NYTDowd drank a handle of whiskey and ended up in the ER, would anyone consider a column blaming Jack Daniels credible?
Taylor West (@Taylor_West) June 4, 2014