Rochelle Riley Wrong on Weed

January 13, 2014
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One of the problems with media coverage of the War on Drugs is that a lot of media people are clueless about the very issue they are reporting on.

Take yesterday’s editorial from Rochelle Riley, shaming George Cushingberry Jr. for having a car that police said smelled strongly of marijuana. Riley goes on record in the editorial, writing in a taunting tone, “Oh, and you can’t smell marijuana unless it’s burning,” with the obvious implication being that Cushingberry and his passenger were blazing one in the car.

Well … Riley, you are flat-out wrong. We’ve known people who are not smoking pot, haven’t smoked pot, but just have such strong-smelling pot that they reek of dank weed stank. It may overpower your nose, but your chances of getting high are zero.

A purported Facebook photo of the passenger, Richard Clement, shows a guy who really looks like he could smell like weed the same way Glade smells like a country garden in bloom.

Isn't it possible this guy smells so strongly of weed that the only thing burning would be your eyes?

Isn’t it possible this guy smells so strongly of weed that the only thing burning would be your eyes?

If we’re ever going to end this wasteful, destructive drug war, it has to begin with journalists and editors at least understanding the facts about marijuana, instead of taking puritanical and ignorant pot shots when there’s no evidence any laws have even been broken.