D.A.R.E. falls for a clearly satirical killer-weed-candy Coachella story
D.A.R.E., remember them? D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education, the anti-drug organization from your childhood) posted a laughably hilarious news story (since removed from the organization’s website) about the dangers of edibles.
The story entitled: "Edible Marijuana Candies Kill 9 in Colorado, 12 at Coachella” sounds like something out of Reefer Madness where it claims an anonymous author that "For every one joint of marijuana, four teenagers become burdened with pregnancy” and "I knew this day would come, when a liberal president allowed a state to legally sell Marijuana Flintstone Vitamins to children.”
Too bad the folks at D.A.R.E. didn’t check to fact-check their source’s credibility (topekasnews.com is a satricial website fyi), and instead they come off sounding your crazy uncle who thinks articles from The Onion are in fact real.
Being taken in by a fake news site isn't exactly novel (all of us have been at one time or another), but posting misinformation and scare-mongering writeups without fully investigating the validity of your claims does tend to undercut the message a bit, especially if you're federally funded organization designed to educate the public on drug abuse prevention.