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Maureen Dowd’s pot mistake was that she’s 62–so she thought it would be like Woodstock

June 11, 2014

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

I think the real reason why she inadvertently overdosed is somewhat different: Maureen Dowd is 62 years old. This is not a reflection one way or the other about whether she’s too old to be a stoner; I’ll leave that for you readers to decide. It is, however, a reflection on how dramatically not just the composition of marijuana but marijuana culture has changed over the last 40 years.

In 1968, when Maureen Dowd was 16, Warner Brothers released “I Love You, Alice B. Toklas,” a comedy about an uptight lawyer, Harold (Peter Sellers), who falls in love with a beautiful hippie chick, Nancy (Leigh Taylor-Young). One of the most famous scenes in “I Love You” features Nancy deciding to whip up a batch of Toklas-style brownies as dessert for Harold and his uptight family and friends. You can watch that scene here on YouTube. Notice how Nancy cheerfully dumps an entire jar of marijuana into her stand-mixer. Also notice how quickly Harold’s guests become merrily and convivially high after just a few bites. No problem with edibles for them!


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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    I wonder, would Dowd admit she used to smoke crappy Mexican green at $10 a lid? (Copious stems and seeds were included at that price!)

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