Guide: I Totally Warned Dowd About Pot
'She got the warning,' asked him to roll her a joint, says My 420 Tours operator
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2014 11:34 AM CDT
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd traveled to Colorado to cover the state's legalized pot scene -- and it didn't go very well.   (Secular Talk)

(Newser) – One time, Maureen Dowd accidentally ate 16 times the recommended dose of pot candy and got so high in a Denver hotel room that she thought she "had died and no one was telling me." Dowd wrote about the experience in yesterday's parable/column on the growing pains of Colorado's newly legal pot industry, and the lack of dosage guidance for intrepid pothead reporters. But the truth is, "she got the warning," says Matt Brown. The My 420 Tours co-founder was one of several local experts Dowd reached out to on her January trip to her Mile-High high. "She did what all the reporters did," Brown tells the Cannabist. "She listened."

He continues: "We talked about edibles and how they affect everyone differently. In the context of covering all the bases with a customer, we really went into depth to tell this reporter, who would then tell the world, about marijuana in Colorado." Brown then shares this little nugget: "She got some bud, some edibles, and when we got back to the hotel she had to run off to a Mitt Romney documentary screening. She asked me, 'Will you roll a joint for me? I don’t know how to do it.'" No word back from Dowd on her joint-rolling abilities or lack thereof. Meanwhile, the Cannabist also runs down 20 reactions to Dowd's column from the Twitterverse, including this from ThinkProgress editor Judd Legum: "Working on a piece for NYT op-ed page where I pound a liter of vodka and talk about how terrible I feel afterwards."

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Jun 13, 2014 8:36 PM CDT
Wow, who knew that users were so protective of the reputation of their habit, almost cult like.
Jun 10, 2014 4:14 PM CDT
When I drink to much I feel like I wish I was dead. Don't go demonizing pot when alcohol is the biggest demon of them all.
Jun 5, 2014 10:39 PM CDT
At this point, considering my original thoughts and those of the "okay, this one will force me to post" horde of torch and pitchfork wielding web rovers, I have come to the conclusion Maureen Down consumed not one nanogram of marijuana or any psychoactive substance contained in it. This was fiction to create a column. That's not to say Maureen Dowd didn't do a bottle of Chardonnay before fabricating her wild story. But she's full of, oh, used toilet paper.