"Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37" story among Colorado pot satires some take seriously

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Since the launch of legal marijuana sales in Colorado on January 1, major media organizations have taken hit after hit of news from the scene.

And the nation's satirists have been busy as well, cranking out stories with headlines such as "Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization."

Think no one could take such ridiculous tales seriously? Think again.

The Daily Currant doesn't exactly mask its intent. The "About" page of its website answers the question, "Are your news stories real?" like so: "No. Our stories are purely fictional. However, they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world."

Hence, the aforementioned overdose story. Here's a screen-capture from the piece:

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Clues that the item isn't legit come early and often. For instance, the source of the information is supposedly the Rocky Mountain News, which has been shuttered for several years, and folks quoted include Dr. Jack Shepherd, a character from Lost, and Jesse Pinkman, one of the principals in Breaking Bad. Not that one commenter caught the references. His post begins like so:
I didn't watch Lost or Breaking Bad, so the names meant nothing to me, and it's funny how people will consider me stupid for not knowing the names. Those people will likely be on the same intellectual plane as the people who wrote this moronic article and thought it was funny.

This is classified as satire, but it was rather irresponsible of the people who wrote it to publish it. There are enough people out there who aren't marijuana experts to actually spread this as actual news.

Another poster adds:
Articles like this one are written as a "joke" to those that know better and as a form of mind control for those that do not. In 6 months when the next state votes on legalization what will be voters minds is 300 kids died in Colorado, not the tax money will help our economy. I found this article on FB, from people who believe it, a lot believe it! So laugh it off, call people stupid and enjoy the propaganda show.
At least one reader reacted similarly to "Colorado Pot Shop Attempts To Disarm Citizens With `Weed for Guns` Buyback Program," from The National Report, another satirical news site.

Here's a screen capture from that post....

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...which offers this inventory of trade rates:
Assault Weapon: 1 oz Blackberry Kush OR 1 oz Green Crack
Semi-automatic handgun: 1 oz Skywalker OG OR Jamaican Pearl
Revolvers: 1 oz White Widow OR 1 oz Blue Dream
Rifles and Shotguns: 1/2 oz Sour Apple OR 5 Clones
Inoperable firearms: 1/2 oz Afpak Kush OR 4 Bhang Bars
BB Guns: One premium pre-roll OR "Weed for Guns" lighter
Knives: Grab bag special OR one edible
*Early Bird Special ~ Come before 12:00 and get a free special blend joint OR edible.
Silly? Sure -- but one reader seems to see the concept as an attack on his Second Amendment rights. "Big Brother will do anything to disarm us," he states.

At this point, though, folks may be catching on. Another National Report salvo is headlined "Feds Raid Colorado Pot Shops" and features this provocative image:

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Thus far, though, the story features no angry comments. Consider that progress.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Videos archive circa November: "Videos of the Day: Saturday Night Live, Letterman bust on Colorado over weed."


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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I got an email from someone who should have known better. At least it was in the form of a question.

Lyn Wheaton
Lyn Wheaton

Of course we are going to see a resurrection of the old "Reefer Madness" set.

Steven Tallent
Steven Tallent

Wow Cilla Warren so you're saying because i smoke a little bit of weed occasionally i deserve to die? Thanks...

D Noe
D Noe

Who cares what people believe? Numbskulls have been believing nonsense for as long as humans have roamed the Earth. Oh and Brandon King > "Anything you inhale in your lungs just like tobacco is bad." Yes, oxygen is very bad mmmmkay.

Shane Palinkx
Shane Palinkx

hahaha They must of been stoned when they wrote this!!!!!

el-daveablo
el-daveablo

Since this article was written to create page hits and sell advertising, and intentionally was fast and loose with the facts, I don't understand why it is different from the vast majority of current journalism. 

Abby Hauck
Abby Hauck

I cannot believe how many freaking times I have seen this story. The author succeeded in his goal, though. He wrote a post that went viral quickly

Zackary Ford
Zackary Ford

I guarantee 80% of the people that freaked out didn't know it was a joke. They're so quick to talk about how life-changing and awesome Pot is that they neglect to take a joke.

Pheenix Wonder
Pheenix Wonder

its pretty obvious DR jack shepard is lost, and Pinkman was high...and Rocky mountain news? OMG, lmao!

Jessica German
Jessica German

So many ignorant people want to believe this story is true. It'll feed there self righteous beliefs that pot is dangerous. Open your eyes, people!

Sal Lop
Sal Lop

the laws keep it illegal. dui. now tax evasion to pay high tax on it. so much to keep track of. prisons count on it.

Brandon King
Brandon King

Im not saying it kills. Im saying that it does contain cancer causing agents.

Cody Nutter
Cody Nutter

Here's some research, nobody has ever died from pot outside of the black market trade/violence. Marijuana alone has killed zero people. Not everyone in Colorado even smokes anymore. Many vaporize, dab, eat edibles, etc, going away from the smoking of plant material. If anything, it's becoming more healthy. Not to mention the people moving in-state to have access to mmj for serious, life threatening diseases. And guess what, it's working!

Brandon King
Brandon King

Research is needed. Anything you inhale in your lungs just like tobacco is bad. There are risk with anything is abundance.

Cody Nutter
Cody Nutter

Clearly Cilla Warren is a dum-dum. Obviously you aren't aware of all the good involved with our legality. What do you call pharmacies then being that they really do present health hazards, unlike marijuana? Please stay in Texas and make sure to stay even further away once the cartels boil over into your prohibited state. After all, they are the new Capone's and are all in your streets in Dallas, Houston, SA. Austin is the only good in Texas but y'all can keep it if that means you will secede. Pretty please???

Connor Dunlop
Connor Dunlop

I've cussed more people out for talking about "Baby Eating Japs!" than I would care to count. And seeing as people will readily believe that "Japanese people eat babies" just because of one dipshit's fake video, this doesn't surprise me at all haha.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Unfortunately, it makes perfect sense. There has been so much misinformation over the years about cannabis that I think people get lost in the bs and don't know really what to think anymore. It's time to remedy that situation!

William Covington
William Covington

Anyone who thinks it is possible to overdose on Marijuana, should never try to hold an intelligent conversation what so ever, as clearly they do not bother to research any facts before opening their mouth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hallelujah! ... Fluffmaster Roberts is back! 


... not a day too late either Mikey, as the writers and reporters who filled in for you produced a noticeably better, more accurate, and more professional product than your usual propaganda pap. Any longer and Patty might have noticed and moved you back to the mailroom.



Try these mastheads for your blog this new year


Wasteword -- "Are our news stories real? ... we don't care."


Westweed -- "Shameless Pot Propaganda without any messy facts"


Weedword -- "Where everything is a "first" and our ounces contain 128 eighths"



Cilla Warren
Cilla Warren

Too bad it isn't a reality it's what dope heads deserve. The states that are illegally legalizing marijuana are nothing less that low life drug dealers only they aren't doing it on the street corners and the Fed Gov needs to step in and enforce the drug laws and stop this madness.

Johnny Sweeten
Johnny Sweeten

People are strange. They believe everything. Try researching for yourself instead of relying on some retard that doesn't see things as you do

GeorgeS
GeorgeS

Since when has "tax money" confiscated from free people in order to grow the already insanely intrusive government ever "helped the economy?"  I have always been for the legalization of MJ but the government supporting it now is only indicative of it's true plan, to get into the drug business for the money, and to keep voters in a marijuana-induced haze so they can continue to get away with it.  If you're going to make something "legal" you ought not be able to tax it into the black market.  But governments of course, do exactly that.

Jack Gormley
Jack Gormley

Satire is supposed to have an element of humor.

Greg Cocks
Greg Cocks

Have people never heard of The Onion? Is the possibility of satire dead? ~sigh~

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jessica German  ... ... so tell us why rec. Marijuana is so Harmful and Dangerous that NO ADULT under 21 should be allowed ANY LEGAL ACCESS to it, as declared by A64.



michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting post, Connor. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Justan Michael Carlson ... nearly 49% of Republicans don't believe in Evolution.


hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Leising ... so tell us why rec. Marijuana is so Harmful and Dangerous that NO ADULT under 21 should be allowed ANY LEGAL ACCESS to it, as declared by A64, lyin' Brian Vicente and Jabba the Tvert.



fognl7
fognl7

...yet here you are, reading every story, always eager to join the conversation...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GeorgeS ,,, and the Stupid Stoners voted FOR the Government Controlled Corporate Commercialization of Cannabis -- Amendment 64.


SSAASSD!



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Ronnie Jiegert  ... the Madness of Reefer Psychology.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fognl7 ... can't stop reading each and every one of my posts, can you?


PopQuiz -- what's the partial pressure of intellect inside a stoner's brain?


LOL!

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed topcommenter

So the children aren't dead?

Praise Jah.

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