Another marijuana study and day of spin

Apr 25, 14 Another marijuana study and day of spin

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Another study, another day — OK, make that months — of misleading news reports about what it means. This time, the study is published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. While many news organizations are beginning to pick it up, I’ll focus on coverage by reporter Gail Sullivan that spun out of The Washington Post...

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Obama on marijuana: where’s the full story?

Jan 19, 14 Obama on marijuana: where’s the full story?

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News coverage about marijuana legalization is fairly predictable. If there’s even a toehold to support driving this addictive substance into the country, count on splashy headlines. Today’s breathless summaries of President Barack Obama’s remarks on the subject to The New Yorker were no exception. The chief...

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When journalists hide marijuana use

Jan 03, 14 When journalists hide marijuana use

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I’m just adding this internal memo, sent to The Denver Post’s staff Dec. 31 by Linda Shapley, director of newsroom operations, to our files. Earlier the same day, The New York Daily News called, asking if I could file a story about the opening of Colorado’s new head shops, er, recreational marijuana stores. I very...

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We need ‘health-first’ approach to pot

When it comes to marijuana policy, we have better choices than status quo or legalization.

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And the beat goes on

Nov 12, 13 And the beat goes on

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A long time ago, Dr. T and I stopped caring about criticism leveled at us — which explains why it’s November, and I’m just now seeing this breathless report by Michael Roberts published June 19 in Westword. That would be the Denver alt-weekly with a business model highly dependent on porn and pot, er, adult...

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How Mr. Cheney should’ve answered Dr. Gupta

Oct 22, 13 How Mr. Cheney should’ve answered Dr. Gupta

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This week, Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s sometimes contentious interview with former United States Vice President Richard “Dick” Cheney appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” The doctor aggressively questioned — OK, it would be fair to say “hammered” — Mr. Cheney about whether his...

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Breathes, er, Boyd blows it

Aug 22, 13 Breathes, er, Boyd blows it

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Denver’s alt-weekly newspaper, Westword, is heavily subsidized by the marijuana industry — so of course it has a pot critic who basically gets high for a living to enlighten the rest of us about Colorado dispensaries and whether this strain of weed is better than that one. Surely, his “Toke of the Town” blog...

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Riggs: ‘What was CNN smokin’?’

Aug 12, 13 Riggs: ‘What was CNN smokin’?’

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Last night, I watched Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary, “Weed,” which aired on CNN and included a snippet of my two-hour interview with the production team. As I previously wrote, I wanted to reserve judgment until seeing it for myself. Unfortunately, this documentary is one-sided and fails to report clearly on the...

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Seeking clarity from Dr. Gupta

Aug 09, 13 Seeking clarity from Dr. Gupta

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Many people have asked for comment about Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s mea culpa yesterday regarding his views of marijuana as medicine. I will be featured in a segment of his upcoming documentary on the subject and will reserve judgment until I view it. However, I’m concerned about the lack of clarity and inaccuracy of news...

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Making another note …

Aug 08, 13 Making another note …

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For those of us keeping score at home: Michael Roberts and his editors at Denver alt-weekly Westword on July 30 published a third report mentioning Dr. Thurstone by name (and running a photo of him) without giving him a chance to respond or comment before publication. In the world of responsible journalism, this is indefensible...

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