By Oscar Pascual |
Children who visited the website of the federally funded anti-drug organization DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) for the past month have discovered that marijuana is one of the most dangerous drugs on the planet — causing young people to overdose on marijuana-infused Flintstones- vitamins, getting pregnant and dying young.
The problem is that none of it is true.
“Edible marijuana candies kill 9 in Colorado, 12 in Coachella,” reads the headline of a news story recently posted to the organization’s webpage, which turned out to be an entirely fabricated article published by the satirical website topekasnews.com .
“Children are addicted to marijuana,” laments the story’s author, Haywood Bynum III. “I knew this day would come when a liberal president allowed a state to legally sell marijuana Flintstone vitamins to children. What are the consequences? Let’s turn to science.”
The author’s satire was apparently so apt that DARE officials felt the need to repost the diatribe in its entirety and accept the false report as accurate.
The Washington Post‘s Christopher Ingraham initially found the fake news on DARE’s website. After Ingraham called the organization to inquire about the story, DARE immediately removed the article without comment.
However, you can still see the message on the Internet Archive.
DARE is known for its school programs that invite the local police into schools to educate them about the dangers of drugs through reliable facts and sources.
They now risk undermining their message by publishing a satirical piece stating, “For every joint of marijuana, four teens are charged with pregnancy.”
DARE aren’t the only people using it wrong Reefer Madness-ish satirical pieces to try to prove their anti-drug stance. Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask once posted a fake news story on Facebook claiming 37 people had died from the first day Colorado’s legal marijuana laws came into effect.
Despite falsely informing the public that one bag of “marijuana candies” sold causes 16 violent crimes, DARE continues to receive funding from the Department of Justice, the State Department, and numerous other government agencies and companies.
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