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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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1 posted on 06/04/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise
As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me

Much like your career after being dumped by Mikey

2 posted on 06/04/2014 2:51:48 PM PDT by digger48
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To: a fool in paradise

Today’s marijuana has little to no resemblance to the marijuana of the sixties and seventies.


3 posted on 06/04/2014 2:52:44 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Reads like Reefer Madness.
4 posted on 06/04/2014 2:54:09 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: a fool in paradise

Sounds like some good stuff - do they ship fedex?


5 posted on 06/04/2014 2:54:35 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Everybody gets a bad run once in a while. Little bit of Alman Brothers would have fixed her right up.


6 posted on 06/04/2014 2:54:37 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: a fool in paradise
It aint yo daddie's weed.

One single decent bud = an entire dime bag of the 70's weed. Selective breeding and hybridization has ushered modern weed into the heroin spectrum of effect.

Today's weed is not for the 70's excpectation crowd. It is a real jaunt down the rabbitt hole Ms. Dowd, you old has been saggy azzed dried up hack.

7 posted on 06/04/2014 2:55:24 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Rules are rules:


8 posted on 06/04/2014 2:55:27 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: a fool in paradise

This isn’t your dad’s Mary Jane. The stuff now if very potent. And, claims from the past that MJ doesn’t cause permanent damage can be flushed. We won’t know the full effects of this new stuff for years.


9 posted on 06/04/2014 2:55:51 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"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."


10 posted on 06/04/2014 2:56:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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11 posted on 06/04/2014 2:56:24 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: GeronL; Revolting cat!
"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,

"That's GOOOOOD SH&T!!!" < /C.Manson, expert >

12 posted on 06/04/2014 2:57:36 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

Too bad no man would be willing to be near her to watch out for things like that.


13 posted on 06/04/2014 2:58:15 PM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: justlurking
I was thinking The Lost Weekend with Dowdy in the Ray Milland role.


14 posted on 06/04/2014 2:58:21 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: EEGator

Too late. :-)


15 posted on 06/04/2014 2:58:21 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: digger48

Zing!


16 posted on 06/04/2014 2:58:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: digger48

Rules.

RULES.

RULES.

17 posted on 06/04/2014 2:58:58 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: dainbramaged

The edible she bought comprised 16 doses. She did not know that and consumed far more than a single dose. It’s like someone who knows nothing about whiskey downing a whole bottle instead of just a shot.


18 posted on 06/04/2014 2:59:08 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: discostu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCtdKWWfZG8


19 posted on 06/04/2014 2:59:33 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: justlurking

20 posted on 06/04/2014 2:59:48 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

MD is right this time. And what about the states that are actively pushing pot? How can they justify that?


21 posted on 06/04/2014 2:59:55 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: a fool in paradise

She should have watched the desert mescaline scene from “Beavis and Butthead Do America” to maintain her perspective. It might have been available on the hotel room TV.


22 posted on 06/04/2014 3:00:30 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: justlurking

You win, but it’s never too late for extra CZJ pics. :)


23 posted on 06/04/2014 3:01:20 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: a fool in paradise

Hmm, a glass of beer or wine doesn’t create those side effects. They relax you but one glass doesn’t induce paranoia.


24 posted on 06/04/2014 3:01:46 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: a fool in paradise

meh, she probably just got a good look in a mirror


25 posted on 06/04/2014 3:01:56 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: a fool in paradise
I barely made it from the desk to the bed

Not the first time, I'd wager.

26 posted on 06/04/2014 3:02:45 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: a fool in paradise

“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”

Hey, I wanna party with you girl. Nothing says fun like a paranoid, hallucinating NYT columnist curled up on the bed for 8 hours unable to distinguish reality.


27 posted on 06/04/2014 3:02:53 PM PDT by detective
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To: a fool in paradise

I too stay away from edibles


28 posted on 06/04/2014 3:03:52 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: a fool in paradise
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've often felt this way after reading one of Maureen's screeds. But I'm not a regular user of her columns.

29 posted on 06/04/2014 3:04:35 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: Half Vast Conspiracy

I am perhaps the least experienced person of my years in the country on these issues, so please excuse my ignorance.

If pot of today is immensely more powerful than that of decades ago, wouldn’t it be more similar to hashish?


30 posted on 06/04/2014 3:05:15 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: detective

Did she cease to be able to distinguish reality or did she just become AWARE that she’s been unable to distinguish reality?


31 posted on 06/04/2014 3:05:27 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: Sherman Logan

Some of the products ARE hash oil laced...


32 posted on 06/04/2014 3:05:54 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: detective

I’m sure the staffers at that artsy hotel with exposed brick interior walls are getting a big laugh passing around the security tape of Maureen Dowd wandering the halls, muttering and cackling, jumping into alcoves to hide from passing strangers. Well, that is if they know she’s supposed to be somebody or something.


33 posted on 06/04/2014 3:06:37 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: a fool in paradise

She should have gone out and danced on the balcony.


34 posted on 06/04/2014 3:06:42 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: EEGator; martin_fierro
You win, but it’s never too late for extra CZJ pics. :)

It's almost like old times. It's been a while since I've been able to invoke that particular meme.

Next up: hugh, series, stuned beeber, not guilty, am I logged in, and I'm off to the shower....

35 posted on 06/04/2014 3:07:18 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: a fool in paradise

I’ve found, over several decades of experience, that cannabis is actually a mirror and an amplifier, and that ugly people don’t want to look into the mirror once the amp is turned on. Just a thought, MoDo. Just a...reflection.


36 posted on 06/04/2014 3:07:26 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Sherman Logan

Hashish itself will be available in Washington State (and probably is in Colorado).


37 posted on 06/04/2014 3:07:42 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: I want the USA back

So—Pot is a Good thing? Imagine trying to drive with this sort of high? No worse than Booze so they say— But who said booze was good???


38 posted on 06/04/2014 3:08:57 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Wolfie

Gotta love all of these know-nothings who say today’s weed is so much better than it was in the “old days.” There is nothing out there now like the Acapulco Gold or Thai Stick of the ‘70s.


39 posted on 06/04/2014 3:09:06 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: steve86

Again, excuse my ignorance. Since the active ingredient of pot and hashish is THC, they should be treated the same.

Isn’t that like saying beer and Everclear are the same thing?


40 posted on 06/04/2014 3:09:13 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: RegulatorCountry
I barely made it from the desk to the bed

Not the first time, I'd wager.

BAZINGA!

41 posted on 06/04/2014 3:10:53 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Sherman Logan
If pot of today is immensely more powerful than that of decades ago, wouldn’t it be more similar to hashish?

"Immensely" is, I think, a bit of an exaggeration. Hash isn't that much more powerful than pot and it has a lovely minty taste to it...ahem...or so I've been told. What we have here, I think, and I alluded to it in a previous post, is people with mental issues that find those issues isolated and amplified in the presence of a mild psychoactive. Don't blame the drug. Just my $0.02, and no, I haven't used the stuff in years.

42 posted on 06/04/2014 3:11:45 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: steve86
Hashish itself will be available in Washington State (and probably is in Colorado).

I might have been wrong about that. Found another reference that says possession of up to 40 grams of hashish is a misdemeanor in WA.

43 posted on 06/04/2014 3:13:06 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: a fool in paradise
"I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me."

Not to harsh your mellow, there, Mo, but this may be true.

44 posted on 06/04/2014 3:13:26 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: justlurking

The Dowd / CZJ rule is the best rule in my opinion.


45 posted on 06/04/2014 3:15:14 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: a fool in paradise

Anyone else think she looks like the evil muzzie hag on “24 Live anoother day””?


46 posted on 06/04/2014 3:15:21 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Lazamataz

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


Would you happen to know anything about this event?


47 posted on 06/04/2014 3:15:59 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Would anyone tell her if she was?


48 posted on 06/04/2014 3:16:14 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: TigersEye

I agree. But they’re citing decades old DEA propaganda, and you know, the DEA is the one gov’t agency you can trust, apparently.


49 posted on 06/04/2014 3:16:30 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: a fool in paradise
where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours.

i call BULLSH!T...

50 posted on 06/04/2014 3:17:03 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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