Monday, August 10, 2020

Hillary Clinton Tweets that Maureen Dowd May Have Had "Too Much Pot Brownie"

In response to New York Times columnist Maureen Down claiming there hadn't been a male/female major Presidential ticket in 36 years, Hillary Clinton tweeted:

The Times has corrected Dowd's column, and their tweet, to reflect that no male presidential candidate had selected a woman VP candidate since Walter Mondale picked Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

Clinton's tweet refers to the column written by Dowd in 2014 after she overdosed on a pot brownie she bought at a Colorado marijuana store (without reading its warning label). "Sitting in my hotel room in Denver, I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more," she wrote. "What could go wrong with a bite or two?"

NORML's director Erik Alteri took umbrage at Clinton's tweet, and I understand his frustration with lame "stupid stoner" jokes. But note that the tweet actually warns about taking "too much" pot brownie, a message of moderation in keeping with NORML's "low and slow" advice on edibles. 

A woman reads my open letter to Clinton at
Barcelona's Hemp Museum in 2019.
Clinton sure seems to know what hallucinations are, and she's joked about marijuana and drugs before. 

She has denied smoking pot in her lifetime, but four of her biographers say she's consumed cannabis, one of them calling her an "enthusiastic" pothead, and another saying she and Bill liked to munch pot brownies (perhaps leading to his claim that he didn't inhale—he ate it instead).  

In 2014 Clinton won A Latte Levity Award for asking “Is that a marijuana plant?” upon receiving a fancy coffee drink with a foamy design in Colorado. In 2016, she attributed a coughing fit to a lack of medical marijuana on a radio interview, and she joked at the Al Smith dinner about her presidential opponent: "Donald wanted me drug tested before last night's debate. I'm so flattered Donald thought I used some kind of performance enhancer. Actually I did. It's called preparation.” 

Now Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee, has made a rather incoherent reference to drug testing when asked about cognitive testing, and has pledged to give states money to expunge past marijuana offenses, even as he opposes marijuana legalization.   

Sorry, politicos: you can't have it both ways. We know by your policies, not by your tweets or jokes, whether or not you're cool on cannabis and understand the discriminatory injustice of workplace drug testing (which ought to be cognitive testing instead).

Read an open letter to Clinton that was part of the 2019 "We Are Mary Jane" exhibit at the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Barcelona.

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