The Media Go to Pot

How news outlets blew the medical-marijuana story

That point wasn't lost on Stevens, who needled his conservative colleagues: "The overbroad language of the Court's opinion is especially unfortunate given the importance of showing respect for the sovereign states that comprise our Federal Union."

To drive the message home for his fellow justices, Stevens added a citation from an Oct. 20, 1999, Dallas Morning News article. There, none other than presidential candidate George W. Bush is quoted as opposing medical marijuana but adding (in Bush-speak): "I believe each state can choose that decision as they so choose."

Well put. But I'd add this: The mainstream media can choose to misreport issues regarding drugs as they so choose. And if the Post is a fair example, it so chooses.

Do you suppose marijuana could be used to treat the side effects of bad journalism?

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