Ever posted something on Facebook to prove a point, but the headline is misleading and the linked post argues to exact opposite of your point? That’s kind of what happened to D.A.R.E. today.
The anti-drug organization re-published a post entitled, “Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk.” The headline is right in line with D.A.R.E.’s brand. The rest of the article, a Columbus Dispatch letter to the editor, didn’t. It argues against the criminalization of marijuana, not marijuana itself.
“I support legalization precisely because I want to reduce youths’ drug use,” the article says. “Drug dealers don’t care about a customer’s age. The answer isn’t prohibition and incarceration; the answer is regulation and education.”
That’s not quite a D.A.R.E stance, which is absolute in its anti-drug ideology. The organization removed the post, but not before Washington Post‘s Christopher Ingraham saw the post to press the organization about the mistake.
DARE clarifies that they do not actually condone marijuana legalization. idk why he called me “Scott” pic.twitter.com/odhemQD88Y
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) July 30, 2015
D.A.R.E. definitely didn’t get that read-everything-twice thing down. A “Scott” has nothing to do with this piece of news.
D.A.R.E., The Anti-Drug Organization, Accidentally Endorsed Marijuana was originally published on theurbandaily.com