Friday, March 02, 2007

I Call "Bullshit" On The New York Times

Is this headline balanced? "Killing Highlights Risks Of Selling Marijuana, Even Legally."

The article is about a medical marijuana provider from Colorado, Ken Gorman, who was murdered in his home. The article is fair to Mr. Gorman, portraying him as a somewhat controversial figure in the medicinal marijuana movement. And the article even hints at some of the problems with permitting the use of marijuana for medical use while continuing to forbid recreational use. However, not once does the article mention the inconvenient fact that legalized marijuana, for any and all uses, would have prevented this murder. So long as there remains a black market for marijuana, it's use, possession, and sale- even in a medical context- poses a risk.

This is the inconvenient truth of the medicinal marijuana movement, and the reason that our focus should be full legalization on the national level, and not the half-assed measures we've seen on the state level.


Blogger A Fan For All Seasons said...

1) There are risks to selling marijauna illegally.
2) Gorman was killed and the article hints that marijauna was the reason behind it.
3) Gorman legally sold marijauna.

The headline is stating that even a legal seller can face danger. Don't make mountains out of mole hills

12:42 PM  
Blogger A Fan For All Seasons said...

P.S. - I can't believe I just defended the NY Times. I feel dirty all over.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And just to note...

The local news station here in Denver did a story on Ken Gorman just days before his murder.

I volunteer with an organization that I'm sure will be holding a smoke out vigil on the steps of the capitol 4/20.

If you are in the Denver area plan on attending this event in memory of Ken Gorman.

5:55 PM  

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