New York Times columnist comes to Colorado for the marijuana, has bad experience

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DENVER — New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd came to Denver to write about the recreational marijuana industry and her experience wasn’t what she was expecting.

“I figured if I was reporting on the social revolution rocking Colorado in January, the giddy culmination of pot Prohibition, I should try a taste of legal, edible pot from a local shop,” Dowd wrote in The Times, under the headline “Don’t Harsh Our Mellow, Dude.”

“What could go wrong with a bite or two?

“Everything, as it turned out.”

Dowd was staying in an unnamed Denver hotel room when she tried a “caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar” that she purchased at a local marijuana dispensary.

“I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more,” she wrote.

Dowd writes that after an hour, she felt nothing and “I figured I’d order dinner from room service and return to my more mundane drugs of choice, chardonnay and mediocre-movies-on-demand.”

Then the marijuana kicked in as Dowd “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.”

She said the next day, she was told the candy bar she tried was “supposed to be cut into 16 pieces for novices; but that recommendation hadn’t been on the label.”

 She adds “five months in, that some kinks need to be ironed out with the intoxicating open bar at the Mile High Club.”



  • E-Dog

    I don’t think it says anywhere on a Jack Daniels bottle how many drinks a novice should have. When mixed with lemonade it tastes really sweet and delicious. The only difference was this candy bar could not have killed her like a bottle of booze could. Was this person was too stupid to do any research? Really? And they work for the Times?

  • ezays

    Some people are being harsh. Did you know Rachel McAdams (the Notebook) tried pot and hallucinated opera singers singing all night. No, she is not schizophrenic. It just affects people differently. Stop putting this lady down.

  • Brandon Maas

    I am in the 5th year of being a medical card holder here in Colorado, and I have eaten full chocolates, not reading the fine print of 11 doses, yeah I have been where she was at, but honestly like anything you need to READ! All packaging shows the dosage. If you skip that part then well.. have fun hiding in your couch all night. The one thing I have noticed when this happens is I feel so much better in the morning, stress free, calm, it’s almost a total stress release after wigging out all night. It’s not bad but you have to try and be patient, if you have eaten a large meal, it can take you over an hour. Empty stomach with gummies you can start to feel in 15 mins.

  • anonymous

    I have see this happen first hand. Addicts claim pot is so innocent but it is NOT. And for those who want to spout off about how much worse alcohol is all I have to say is TWO WRONG never make a right. It’s pitiful people can’t just be sober and happy.

  • Alex

    Really an amature, how could someone freak out as this I mean even on my first try I never curled up and thought I was died I mean come on. Dowd probly has a med history of acid, based on what I have read that’s practically an acid trip.

  • Jordan Reece

    That’s your ow fault I have my red card I been to ever dispensary in colorado. Every time you get a edible the tell you is it your first time, cuz if it is your going g to want to only eat so much of it they tell you how much to eat. So for this person to sit here and waste everybody’s day because their lack of responsibility is no our fault. Right now I can eat about 600 mg edible and be fine the reason why is because I built my way up of course I would be on the ground freaked out if I ate that without building tolerance I swear people make us and weed look so bad. I’m tired of it

  • Fast45

    Ummm … I want some. ‘Sounds like it’s DYNAMITE! Yeah, Baby! The reporter here comes from a place where you cannot purchase Big Gulp sodas. Go figure …

  • Lonnie

    She should have stuck with pistachios. :) if you haven’t seen the new commercial for then it’s hilarious!

  • Jesse Francis

    I remember when I washed dishes at a restaurant at 18 years old. One day I grabbed a huge stack of plates. I fell on a puddle and landed flat on my back. Luckily i held onto the plates instead of smashing them all. I immediately called the plate vendor and demanded an explanation as to why the plates had no label about how many could reasonably be carried..

  • Bolivar Shagnasty

    This person is a tool, and this should not be used as a “how to” article.
    Anyone, ANYONE..who has never smoked, and opts to eat the stuff when you have no clue..deserve all that comes to them. Smoke ’em if you got em!, if you’re going to be pussy and eat…stay home!!

  • Gary Coleman

    For a reporter, she sure didn’t do any research on how to use the item she was going to be writing about.
    (pssst. you are actually dead. you’re still in the hotel room. this is all a dreaaaam)

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