The amount of coverage generated by our quest for a medical-marijuana dispensary reviewer has proven conclusively that national media outlets such as the New York Times to National Public Radio have a heretofore unimagined ganja obsession. Less surprising is the latest publication to weigh in: Rolling Stone, which is now in its fifth decade of promoting puffing. But the context of the reference is still high-larious. Included in an article from October 29 issue about President Barack Obama's conflicts with generals over war policy is a graphic headlined "Threat Assessment: The Good, The Bad and the Scary, which arrays recent events along a continuum ranging from "With Us" (meaning positive for you, me and America) to "Against Us." And in fourth position toward the "With Us" end, just after Apple's exit from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the latter's global-warming views, the EPA's proposed rules about greenhouse emissions from factories, and news that marijuana arrests have declined for the first time since 2002 is the snippet above -- "Denver newspaper posts opening for medical-marijuana critic" -- accompanied by a photo of Today show reviewer Gene Shalit taking one toke over the line.
Strangely, Shalit hasn't applied for the reviewing gig, unlike dozens upon dozens of others. (We're still weeding through the applications.) But give him time...
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