When Maureen Dowd’s column on her edibles overdose in Colorado first appeared on The New York Times’ website on June 3 it became an immediate touchstone in marijuana legalization in 2014.
Where were you on Jan. 1 when legal recreational sales started in Colorado? Where were you April 2 when Denver Police and coroners first linked a 19-year-old’s accidental death to edible marijuana? Where were you April 20 when the largest 4/20 celebration in the world took over the entire Rocky Mountain state? And where were you when one of The New York Times’ most prominent columnists wrote about overdosing on a marijuana-infused edible in her Colorado hotel room?
National Cannabis Industry Association deputy director Taylor West knows where she was, and how she felt, when she first read Dowd’s most recent writing on Colorado marijuana — a polarizing column about her negative experience with too much marijuana: “It is, to me, the continued refusal of some columnists to actually engage in a thoughtful conversation about marijuana, and it’s more embarrassing to them than it is to the industry,” West said June 4.
West does see a silver lining amid Dowd’s column: “The reaction to it creates more awareness to the general public on the fact that it is stupid to over-consume. It is something we need to have a better sense of.”
Dowd’s controversial column brought forth a flurry of responses on social media. And here are 20 of the most compelling reactions we found on Twitter — some angry, some funny, some sympathetic — and we’ll start with one of West’s initial tweets on the matter:
1. Taylor West is the deputy director for the National Cannabis Industry Association:
If @NYTimesDowd drank a handle of whiskey & ended up in the ER, would anyone consider a column blaming Jack Daniels credible?
— Taylor West (@Taylor_West) June 4, 2014
2. Judd Legum is the editor of ThinkProgress:
Working on a piece for NYT op-ed page where I pound a liter of vodka and talk about how terrible I feel afterwards http://t.co/H3S0h1hwnU
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 4, 2014
3. Neal Pollack is an author and “Jeopardy” champion:
Seriously, why can't the NYT send me to Denver to eat a pot candy bar? I'll eat two a day for a week.
— Neal Pollack (@nealpollack) June 4, 2014
4. Sara Benincasa is a “comedian, author and Internet hero,” according to BuzzFeed:
A Kickstarter to buy Maureen Dowd that dank shit
— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) June 4, 2014
5. Rebecca Schoenkopf is the editor of Wonkette:
Everyone stop picking on Maureen Dowd (this time). 8 or 16 doses in a one-serving snack is fucking unacceptable. http://t.co/MHqCQcSo1b
— Rebecca Schoenkopf (@commiegirl1) June 4, 2014
6. Bret Saunders is the morning show host at Denver radio station KBCO:
Maureen Dowd just WAKED AND BAKED in the parking garage of my apartment complex @NYTimesDowd
— Bret Saunders (@Bretontheradio) June 4, 2014
7. Mallory Ortberg is a San Francisco-based writer with The Atlantic, Gawker, The Awl and others:
instead of reading the Maureen Dowd column let's just rewatch that Party Down scene "you're gonna be just fine, son" pic.twitter.com/YQsbdLK44N
— Mallory Ortberg (@mallelis) June 4, 2014
8. Bob Young writes on marijuana for the Seattle Times:
@APkristenwyatt New pot terms: "the Maureen Dowd experience," "Dowd and out."
— Bob Young (@PotReporter) June 4, 2014
9. Kristen Wyatt writes for the Associated Press out of Denver, often about marijuana policy:
Is there a strain named for Maureen Dowd yet? Surely someone's also making an edible called "The Maureen Dowd," no? @PotReporter
— Kristen Wyatt (@APkristenwyatt) June 4, 2014
10. Politico, the political journalists, took the easy joke:
Maureen Dowd goes to pot http://t.co/Ui2akBE9hD
— POLITICO (@politico) June 4, 2014
11. Eli Stokols is a political reporter for Denver television stations KDVR and KWGN:
Area reporter making calls to figure out what Denver hotel @NYTimesDowd was blacked out in.
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) June 4, 2014
12. Pour Me Coffee is a popular Tumblr:
Next Maureen Dowd column: pic.twitter.com/c7rHwYxldL
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) June 4, 2014
13. Bill Werde is the outspoken editorial director at Billboard:
— Bill Werde (@bwerde) June 4, 2014
14. Pete Wells is the restaurant critic at The New York Times — and Dowd’s colleague at the paper:
— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) June 4, 2014
15. Dominic Holden is the associate editor of The Stranger in Seattle:
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) June 4, 2014
16. James Poniewozik is a columnist for Time magazine:
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) June 4, 2014
17. Brian Ries is the real-time news editor at Mashable:
Maureen Dowd ate some pot candy in a Denver hotel room and tripped balls for 8 hours http://t.co/NRqzdyoGBL
— Brian Rie$ (@moneyries) June 4, 2014
18. Patrick LaForge is The New York Times’ editor for news presentation — and Dowd’s colleague:
Maureen Dowd’s pot candy bar story is probably going to break the Internet, isn’t it. http://t.co/EWiMX362EA
— Patrick LaForge (@palafo) June 4, 2014
19. Tim Fernholz is an economics and politics writer at Quartz:
Maureen Dowd, 1933: Reports on prohibition by taking shots of whiskey by herself in a hotel room. "this hangover will never end!"
— Tim Fernholz (@TimFernholz) June 4, 2014
20. David Slade is a finance columnist and metro reporter for The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.:
@NYTimesDowd Sounds like the "Wolf of Wall Street" scene – hey, these aren't working, we'd better take some more ..
— David Slade (@DSladeNews) June 4, 2014