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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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It Takes 30 Seconds to Google "How Much THC First Time"

The bad news is Maureen Dowd's new, deeply indulgent op-ed (As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me), in which she *does drugs* with all the wherewithal of a seventh-grader who is very white and very used to being taken care of; the good news is Sarah Jeong's masterpiece of a response, in which Thomas Friedman eats pot brownies.



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needsmoresalt

I started reading the Twitter responses and I had to stop because I couldn't stop laughing. I guess that's one of the dangers of jokes?

or Elsa!

I tried to be patient with Dowd while reading that mewling anecdotal mess, but I lost that patience at this: candy bars like that are supposed to be cut into 16 pieces for novices; but that recommendation hadn’t been on the label.

Yes, and a bottle of scotch shouldn't be downed in one go by a novice drinker, either, yet SHOCKINGLY that information is not printed on the label. You're expected to have some sense of the appropriate serving, to have taken a moment to reckon out what you'd find most suitable, and generally to behave as if you have some personal responsibility in doling out intoxicants to yourself. If you don't have that adult sense of responsibility, at the least you could ask someone to babysit you.

Lucienne

@or Elsa! This is a terrible article, but I do want to say: a novice drinker shouldn't down a bottle of Scotch - but a novice drinker could drink all of a bottle of beer, right? If you think you've got beer and actually you've got Scotch, that's a problem.

Which isn't by way of justifying this article or how truly terrible it is.

or Elsa!

@Lucienne Not long after I commented, I thought "Yeeeah, but no, I'm not being fair about this." Your comment perfectly elucidates what was wrong with my original metaphor, thank you.

Dowd's essay is peevish and self-indulgent, but you make an excellent point about the range of choices available. I still think she should have taken some responsibility to ask or seek answers, to say "Hey, I'm entirely out of my depth here, what's appropriate?" But you're right that it isn't always easy to guess.

And that's one of the virtues of legal drugs: we can seek answers and ask questions without incriminating ourselves, and we can patronize responsible merchants who will take time to answer questions.

Lucienne

@or Elsa! I still think she should have taken some responsibility to ask or seek answers, to say "Hey, I'm entirely out of my depth here, what's appropriate?"

Yeah, and you're right that she showed 0 awareness about the wisdom of adopting that attitude or even one somewhat like it.

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