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Fake News Site Sparks Concern with Outrageous Marijuana Claim

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The “Weird News” section of the Huffington Post recently reported on a fake news story that stated four people had died and 49 were hospitalized after consuming bad weed or edibles in Colorado.

But don’t believe it.

The Boston Tribune, which published the hysterical story, is a fake newspaper, according to Snopes and, therefore, so is the story.

Snopes, a highly-respected resource for validating and debunking stories of unknown or questionable origin, listed the phony newspaper among sites that “appear to be legitimate local news bearing shocking (but fake) stories.”

A spokesman for Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division assured the Huffington Post that all safety advisories would be posted on its own website and that it was not aware of any marijuana recalls, illness and much less, deaths.

Nevertheless, the fear-mongering article took on a life of its own once it hit social media. Believing the bad weed to have been synthetic marijuana, many commenters were outraged at how it ended up on dispensary shelves in Denver.

The fake report went so far as to publish a website and Facebook page that corresponded to the offending business, Rite Greens Pot Shop, which supposedly confirmed the recall. However, it seems this company does not exist.

The Seattle phone number listed for Rite Greens’ website was not a working number and Google maps showed its business address to be an abandoned parking lot in Denver, reported Huff Post.

It is well known that there have been zero deaths from marijuana overdoses, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

But, synthetic marijuana—known as K2 or Spice—can be deadly and can cause a wide range of harmful effects, including mental, cardiovascular and renal disorders.

So, moral of the story—the real story—stay away from fake pot and fake news sites.

Related: An Investigation into the Biggest Marijuana Hoaxes and Untrue Pot Stories

For all of HIGH TIMES’ marijuana news, click here.



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      October 11, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Die Spam Bastard

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    Vice Squeezer

    October 7, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Art forms are entering the news cycle.. hearing and even telling lies.. the more creative.. and more fun.. dare I say Trump.. his lying and back dealing.. has really stepped up the last couple of weeks.. love it when they dig up an old video.. proving the lie.. haha

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      Glenn Festog

      October 8, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      So you missed the news that the Fed Gov voided the law PROHIBITING it from using propaganda on its populace?

      Lying and back dealing? Say, if doing that isn’t perfectly legit, why are the Clintons still alive and not behind bars? lol

      11 years ago. By any chance did his communication result in deaths or the invasion of a sovereign country?

      That’s what I thought……

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        Tom Lowe

        October 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        Well, he knows that, but he’s getting paid minimum wage by Gargle et al to troll on Disgust in here, from a ship offshore somewhere that the NSA knows all about.

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      Tom Lowe

      October 8, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      Oh, but acting is such a high art. /sarc

      Acting is premeditated insincerity, one of the lowliest forms of human behaviour in existence.


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    October 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Look at a photo of the people who work at the HP. Then LOL.
    Next, disregard anything they say as utter nonsense.
    Of course TPTB and their flunkies( such as: pharmaceutical companies) will demonize such a wonderful plant that has many medical and industrial uses.

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      Tom Lowe

      October 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Well, they were all women in that HP photo, but I wonder how many of them started out that way.

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    October 8, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    SAM affiliates are nasty little tapeworms. There is nothing they won’t say. Propagation of ignorance and fear for the industries supported by the prohibition of marijuana is what SAM is all about.

    Notice how the LA Times and the Bangor news ran a story promoting the idea that medical marijuana people opposed the Adult use plans on the ballots in both states. That was less than 24 hours ago. Each story ran with a local interview and “local” POV, but they are the same coordinated SAM campaign. In states where there is no medical they oppose all medical. In states that have all medical, they accept that and just oppose recreational or adult plans. When that appears to be failing a new character emerges who just doesn’t like the ballot language.

    Kevin Sabet is Mel Sembler’s employee, and that money comes from Adelson. Both families are invested in court ordered rehab centers. Dr. Farid Sabet-Sharghi, MD is Kevin Sabet’s father. He has also dropped the “Sharghi” from his name just this year, but you can still see grades and it’s the same man. He can be found with court ordered counseling centers all over Ohio and the business plan extends to California, although they apparently made that page private since last sharing it with the public. That is Kevin Sabet’s introduction to Mel Sembler. His own father is in the prohibition business. SAM is a highly motivated group of public policy experts and volunteer lunatics. They try anything that creates fear or division.

    Let’s not forget the Medscape group of websites. The story that year and month was New Skunk Weed Madness, and it originated in one of the UK tabloids. Medscape and a group of maybe 40 websites appeared that day for that purpose of the Not your Woodstock Weed myth. At that time Medscape appeared to be a tabloid site. Since then they have modeled it after a genuine medical site. Another names are medical or science related. They print every prohibition story every week, on the same day to increase the ranking in visibility. We don’t know who is funding them but when they were a tabloid page their only sponsor was beet juice. Some sort of beet juice for sale ad that linked to a nonworking page.

    Not that anyone is paying attention.

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      Tom Lowe

      October 8, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks for the info.

      I suspect a lot of who is behind the fakery is NIDA and other corrupt NGOs and government entities. They have to spend their budgets, but with such limited minds, the fakery foolishness was the best thing they could think of to do.

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        October 8, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        The story of the “Division among marijuana advocates”, just spontaneously happened and was published in Massachusetts 25 minutes. The only question is whether Maine, Arizona, or Nevada will be next to report the same urban myth propaganda. The smart money is on Scott Gagnon to break the news to Maine next.

        There is no doubt that they are being careful about using federal funds to block the will of the educated majority because they know that is against the law. But they were caught using federal funds in the Oregon campaign. And remember it was Kevin Sabet himself who received those funds. Now they just shift funding around and to hide the fact that they are still releasing known falsehoods. How was the DEA decision on the 2 petitions not interfering with “ongoing reform” in the states listed in the Rohrabacher amendment. Since they knew the answer was going to be No Change anyway, and most of us knew by then, there was no reason to release that decision going into a big election with this many states having ballot measures.

        Same with NIDA, who continues to teach falsehoods in a an attempt to use fear to keep people away from something. You and I both know that you don’t need to use fear to teach children. NIDA has completely failed in their charter by not warning people about the dangerous prescription drugs and liver destroying Tylenol, even distracting from those dangers with their tales from the crypt.

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    Tom Lowe

    October 8, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Someone is badly misusing their anti-drug funding, and committing fraud in the process.

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      October 15, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      The fund should be used for prescription pharmaceuticals, Heroin, Meth (schedule 2), untested synthetic substances. You know, the drugs that actually cause statistical death and crime?

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    October 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    If these ignorant anti-cannabis people had their way, doctors would still be operating on people using chisels and handsaws. Old thinking and ignorance is there cancer.

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    October 9, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I love it when the cia loses money.

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    Thomas Sam

    October 12, 2016 at 9:56 am

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