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New York Times' Maureen Dowd wants pot edibles stamped with stoned skull and bones?

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An image like the one Maureen Dowd suggests should be stamped on marijuana edibles, from a Skreened.com T-shirt design.
The New York Times has just hit the Colorado marijuana scene with a one-two punch.

First was a weekend piece about the "downside of a legal high" that NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre specifically cited as dubious in a recent Westword interview. And now, columnist Maureen Dowd is sharing her negative experiences with a pot edible in Colorado -- and her joking (maybe) suggestion that such items be stamped with a "stoned skull and bones."

The first article, penned by Jack Healy, focuses a great deal of attention on two deaths associated with marijuana edibles: Wyoming student Levy Thamba's fatal fall from a hotel balcony and the murder of Kris Kirk by her husband, Richard, who'd reportedly consumed a pot edible some time before pulling the trigger.

Prominently featured in the Times' coverage: a photo of Kirk's coffin.

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Allen St. Pierre.
NORML's St. Pierre has some criticisms of the Colorado marijuana system, too, as he acknowledged in a conversation on Monday, when the organization opened a new satellite office in Denver. But for the most part, he told us, "it seems to be working well regardless of what I read in the New York Times."

Dowd's offering is tonally different from the earlier report. It features her witty/zippy prose style with a headline to match: "Don't Harsh Our Mellow, Dude." But the message that pot edibles are much more potentially dangerous than advertised is much the same.

While in Denver covering the launch of recreational pot sales in January, Dowd notes that she "nibbled the end" of an infused candy bar, and when nothing happened, "nibbled some more." For an hour, she felt nothing. But then, something happened. She describes it like so:

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.

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Maureen Dowd.
According to Dowd, the effects of the candy took all night to wear off. The next day, she was told novices like her should cut a bar like the one she sampled into sixteen separate pieces, "but that recommendation hadn't been on the label."

This observation leads into mentions of Thamba and Kirk, as well as labeling legislation "mandating that there be a stamp on edibles, possibly a marijuana leaf. (Or maybe a stoned skull and bones?)."

She also points out that industry reps are against packaging individual serving sizes separately and quotes Bob Eschino, owner of the edibles firm Incredibles, as dismissing other suggestions for keeping kids from accidentally swallowing too much pot candy.

"Somebody suggested we just make everything look like a gray square so it doesn't look appealing," Eschino told Dowd, adding, "Why should the whole industry suffer just because less than 5 percent of people are having problems with the correct dosing?"

Her response: "Does he sound a little paranoid?"

If so, that could be due to a barrage of attacks from marijuana-legalization critics in recent months, including Project SAM, which former Representative Patrick Kennedy launched in Colorado circa January 2013. Surprisingly, the group's website has not posted Dowd's column at this writing -- but the "downside" offering is already front-and-center -- an indication that the Times' recent coverage will be mentioned frequently by those who see pot edibles as a threat to the welfare of adults and children alike.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Marijuana archive circa June 2: "Marijuana: NORML's Allen St. Pierre on organization's new Colorado office."

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146 comments
terryrayanderson69
terryrayanderson69

Maureen Dowd is not just an idiot, she's an idiot who had an anxiety attack (she's high strung anyway, no pun intended) while stoned and had the preconceived notion that getting high on pot was like dropping LSD or shooting heroin so she psyched herself up into a frenzy of stupidity on that belief. And I like muhutdafuga's comment, and I quote," So a conservative does something stupid, then wants the conservative nanny state to keep her safe from herself?", although it apples to liberals equally; the "if I don't like it or do it then you shouldn't either" concept applies to all political philosophies, and it's the same from cradle to grave because it's not political, it's psychological. It''s a trait of humans all over the world since the beginning of civilization to tell others, don't do as I do, do as I say...

motman
motman

Are you serious, this Richard Kirk kills his wife after eating a pot edible. Obviously his head wasn't screwed on right to begin with. I can't believe this Jack Healy gets paid for writing this crap. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

So a conservative does something stupid, then wants the conservative nanny state to keep her safe from herself?  The cult just HATES American freedom.

Michelle Han
Michelle Han

yeah that wouldnt have stopped me anyhow... WORTH ITTTT

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

it was great reading that some people are saying they are pot addicts 


now for those that are dem voters and dont defend their pov with the "thats their individual experience" or the


tea party like..


why should we be "punished" for others acts/experiences


all we free thinkers can say is 


AHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHAAA



you dems love to nanny state others into your "noble" cause but dont quite like when its done to you


THEN STOP VOTING FOR LEFTISTS WHOSE BASE IS 


TO NANNY STATE , cause they know better than you



Christophe Sautner
Christophe Sautner

If you French fry when your supposed to pizza, your gonna have a bad time.....

John Pedley
John Pedley

....I wonder if her first experience with alcohol...began with drinking a case of Scotch??

John Zinn
John Zinn

Well she's from New York so don't be surprised if she wants skull and bones on your big gulp, your tricycle, and your swiss army knife.

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Maureen- eat de edible and hang on it's gonna be a bumpy ride :)

DaninDen
DaninDen

Maureen takes one for the team! Gray Lady (NYT) goes gag green !! a DEBT OF GRATITUDE owed to Guinea pig Dowd, as an out of state partaker munches laced edible, isolated in a hotel room. A don’t try this at home (or alone in Colorado) moment of Do’s & Don’ts for those straight off the plane, thinking “well, it must be OK since its legal” Edible pot has problems beyond those of smoking reefer. Maybe a real dumb idea. True, legalization has come of age, not keeping up with the potency arms race.  Another gold rush with boom town follies of those clawing onboard. 

Tessera Weiss
Tessera Weiss

I think that if a similar investigative tactic was used to find the effects of alcohol the reporter would be slammed for downing a bottle of Stoli and chasing it with Jager.

Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

Warning labels (which are already on every edible I've ever seen clearly stating to not eat this whole thing) are not going to stop stupid people. Until we start genetically modifying our children in the womb to be more intelligent at birth they're gonna keep growing up and becoming stupid adults....like this woman. Sadly no amount of "stoned skull n bones" or clearly stated dosage levels/warning labels on the packaging are going to prevent stupid people from making stupid decisions and then writing an article that overly exaggerates their experience ("hallucinatory state" haha get real bitch).

John P. Koury
John P. Koury

What Dowd doesn't get is that marijuana is a psychoactive substance, which means the individual has a certain amount of control of the effects on their own mind. It certainly didn't help that she overdosed herself, but I wonder if Ms. Dowd is really centered enough to use any amount.

Wendy Dennie
Wendy Dennie

Ok, as long as we can stamp your paper with LIES, Don't believe any of the crap printed in here

Chip Monk
Chip Monk

That's balls-to-the-wall awesome. I might even get this tattooed.

Teresa McGlohorn
Teresa McGlohorn

I think she bought LSD on Colfax lol. Pot does not cause hallucinations!! Silly bitch!

garriswh
garriswh

So basically some ignorant, uneducated broad with zero tolerance ate a 100 mg thc edible like a complete moron...now trying to spin it against the whole industry? Media is all about spreading fear now, not real information. Eight hour hallucinatory experience?? BULLSHIT

Dawn Baker
Dawn Baker

Sorry NEVER HALLUCINATE drama drama

Dawn Baker
Dawn Baker

Omg what a DRAMA QIUEEN everything is thoroughly labeled!!! She hasn't a clue apparently and she must only be able to get schwaggg Yick no one here smokes ditch weed!! ALSO DOES SHE NOT READ LANELS? Also they ALWAYS TELL YOU DOSAGES it's different for everyone usage, tolerance. But sorry

Don Gweedo
Don Gweedo

She is just trying to put her brand in colorado. It's medicine not a poisonous joke.

Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

Ridiculous. If the serving suggestions posted on the package turn out not to be enough, which is in question for some adults who can't/won't read, then maybe something larger should be added for the sake of those remedial individuals. But to (again and still) vilinize a product with a skull and cross bones simply because you won't read the instructions and/or keep it out of children's reach is passing the buck on responsibility.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@sweetliberty17761776 Except that it is the conservatives that are the American Taliban.  The worst president in modern history eve3n said "The Taliban are the moral equivalent to America's founding fathers.

If your idea of being a conservative is "thinking" AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA, let me remind you that conservatives are motivated by cult manipulated feelings, while FACTS ARE LIBERAL.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Then whining that the conservative nanny state should protect her from herself. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... as seen with that Prohibitionist Turd - Amendment 64 -- it's a fact that Stoners are too stupid to read, much less comprehend, and details beyond the simplistic headline.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Careful listening to him, his program will significantly reduce one's intelligence.

Rush loves the nanny state.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... give her 100 mcgs of LSD and find out.



knottygalcreations
knottygalcreations

it can in large amounts especially if someone has never used it before. its an entheogen also but people who use it regularly need large amounts to get a hallucinogenic effect and it doesn't last long. if she was on any other psychotropic substances like prescriptions it could have had a reaction too. I was sleep deprived once and smoked some high grade and could barely walk and was having visuals as if I was on acid. it only lasted a few minutes but was kinda scary because I didn't expect it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you're not buying the right pot.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@garriswh ... this is just one early Hysteria Scare Story of many, many more to come.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... find a better connection, and deliberately take a massive edible dose, then get back to us.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@muhutdafuga @sweetliberty17761776


dems and na zi / communists


both believe that its the gov that should run business


both agree that only the gov should have guns


that home schooling is wrong



that Eugenics is acceptable 

start with that


YOU cited no facts;only opinion


I just posted facts

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... while blaming and putting other people in prison for her lack of self-control.



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