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Maureen Dowd's marijuana-induced freak out
BBC News ^ | 4 June 2014 Last updated at 12:21 ET | By Anthony Zurcher

Posted on 06/04/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise

Maureen Dowd travelled to Colorado in January, ate a bit too much of a marijuana-laced chocolate bar and proceeded to have a Valley-of-the-Dolls-style meltdown in her hotel room.

Here's how she describes the experience in her Wednesday New York Times column:

"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."

Dowd pivots to talk about the dangers of pot overdoses and the "darker side of unleashing a drug as potent as marijuana on a horde of tourists of all ages and tolerance levels seeking a mellow buzz".

She says there are current efforts in the Colorado legislature to regulate the potency and consistency of marijuana products, as well as to ensure that packaging of pot-laced candy and cookies can't be accidentally eaten by children.

Dowd follows in the footsteps of fellow Times columnist David Brooks, who wrote in January about how he used to have fun smoking pot as a teenager, but he grew tired of hanging out with stoners. He then took a position against marijuana legalisation.

Brooks was mercilessly mocked for that column - and Dowd is getting a similar reception...

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Food; Health/Medicine; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: culturewar; dopersrights; dowd; legalpot; maureendowd; overdose; paranoia; psychosis; psychoticstate; whytheycallitdope; wod
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To: a fool in paradise

I’m freakin’ out, man!


51 posted on 06/04/2014 3:18:21 PM PDT by Wildcat Stevens
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To: Wolfie

Ironically (to me at least) the DEA does seem like the least untrustworthy agency these days.


52 posted on 06/04/2014 3:18:26 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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How could an extreme Left Winger like her - with her textbook mindsets of “I’m Left Wing,ergo,I’m smarter and hipper about everything ,and anyone who is Right Wing is a total square,isn’t smart about a single thing” - be so ignorant about pot, even in the form of a chocolate bar?


53 posted on 06/04/2014 3:20:46 PM PDT by PhineasSpear (PhineasSpear)
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To: Sherman Logan
...wouldn’t it be more similar to hashish?

You are already beyond my knowledge base. ;)

54 posted on 06/04/2014 3:23:34 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: doorgunner69

You’re right! It’s her.


55 posted on 06/04/2014 3:24:35 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: a fool in paradise

I love these Maureen Dowd threads!
I love them for the articles. :^)


56 posted on 06/04/2014 3:25:23 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: a fool in paradise

LOL! What a n00b.

Eat pot at your own risk, Mary, darling.

Maybe you shoulda researched it first before you put it in your stomach.


57 posted on 06/04/2014 3:26:06 PM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: chris37

She didn’t just put it in her stomach, she put it in her head.


58 posted on 06/04/2014 3:27:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Vinnie

Full NY Times article here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/opinion/dowd-dont-harsh-our-mellow-dude.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

“What could go wrong with a bite or two?... 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.”

Doesn’t sound like she ate the whole thing in one sitting.

And for what it’s worth, tobacco cannot be flavored (except menthol) or advertised with “cartoon characters” because that becomes tempting for “kids”. Even some alcohol beverages that might appeal to “yutes” are being taken off the market.


59 posted on 06/04/2014 3:32:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise

Isn’t it a federal crime to cross a state border with the intention of committing a federal crime?

And isn’t Marijuana still a prohibited substance by Federal Law and several treaties?

Just curious.


60 posted on 06/04/2014 3:32:35 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: RginTN

To quote one of her detractors in the article Modo “went all cookie monster” and ate a good portion of a bar meant to be cut into 16 peices. A more apt comparison would be the state induced by chugging a fifth of vodka.


61 posted on 06/04/2014 3:38:52 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Chode

What, you think it was only 6 hours?

This is hilarious. Liberal pro-pot elitist actually experiences the reality of dope rather than the propaganda.


62 posted on 06/04/2014 3:39:26 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: a fool in paradise

AHHHHHH!Opium dipped hash.A blast from the past!


63 posted on 06/04/2014 3:52:56 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: a fool in paradise

But, but it was legalized because it is supposed to oh so very healthy and good for you!


64 posted on 06/04/2014 3:55:52 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

Her brownies must have been made from “recreational” marijuana, not “medical” marijuana. /sarc


65 posted on 06/04/2014 4:03:29 PM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: a fool in paradise
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I Only Frequent Mo Dowd Threads To See Catherine Zeta Jones Pics

66 posted on 06/04/2014 4:07:18 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: a fool in paradise

Too bad her trip didn’t include armies of CZJ’s.


67 posted on 06/04/2014 4:08:37 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: Wildcat Stevens
I’m freakin’ out, man!

LOL, the first 10 minutes of Super Troopers may be the funniest scenes of all times. The latter 1 hr. 15 min. not as much.

68 posted on 06/04/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: a fool in paradise
Dowd pivots to talk about the dangers of pot overdoses and the "darker side of unleashing a drug as potent as marijuana on a horde of tourists of all ages and tolerance levels seeking a mellow buzz".

I know a young woman who "played" with marihuana since she was 15. As an incipient middle ager, this poor woman now wallows in the misery of her self imposed list of 24 mental and physical afflictions (she loves to play with and add to her list,) and has no goal in life other than soliciting pity and all manners of help and support. This is her existence 24/7/365, and the need for therapy is not on her radar.

She currently is on a downward spiral, and her current obsession is becoming a mother, assuring the further misery of her probably short life.

Why would anyone start that process deliberately? Or continue it in middle age?

69 posted on 06/04/2014 4:15:08 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: detective
Nothing says fun like a paranoid, hallucinating NYT columnist curled up on the bed for 8 hours unable to distinguish reality.

I suspect that the only thing she noticed different from her normal workday was that she wasn't curled up in her cushy NYTimes office, and THAT REALLY FREAKED HER OUT.
70 posted on 06/04/2014 4:54:12 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: george76

Dunno if you saw this ping. Dowd freaks out in Colorado hotel. Reefer Madness!


71 posted on 06/04/2014 5:01:01 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: dynachrome; MileHi; dhs12345; Balata; bboop; BulletBobCo; Carley; ColoCowgirl; Colorado Doug; ...

Colorado Ping ( Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)


72 posted on 06/04/2014 5:27:39 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Hmm. Read the label before you scarf the whole thing. 16 servings...

Think slamming a 5th of Jack Danials all at once would make you sick?

Libs shouldn’t have pointy objects either.

Hope yer good George!

73 posted on 06/04/2014 5:41:51 PM PDT by MileHi
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To: MileHi

How is your new town ?


74 posted on 06/04/2014 5:47:07 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Great. One mile from Pike Nat’l Forest, just finished the garage, saw a moose 30 minutes from here on a road trip this morning. Have a bit to get done before winter comes back...
75 posted on 06/04/2014 5:51:02 PM PDT by MileHi
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To: Wolfie

I was going to say, that that sound a lot like eating a whole gram of Nepalese Temple Ball...

... Or so I’ve heard.


76 posted on 06/04/2014 6:29:57 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of ingtheir political choices.")
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To: a fool in paradise; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

> ate a bit too much of a marijuana-laced chocolate bar and proceeded to have a Valley-of-the-Dolls-style meltdown in her hotel room.

So, how could anyone tell the difference? ;’)


77 posted on 06/05/2014 8:33:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; Slings and Arrows
ate a bit too much of a marijuana-laced chocolate bar and proceeded to have a Valley-of-the-Dolls-style meltdown...

>>So, how could anyone tell the difference? ;’)

Good point.


78 posted on 06/05/2014 8:40:16 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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