- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A pro-marijuana group has issued a public service announcement that pokes fun at The New York TimesMaureen Dowd after she described in a now-famous column the eight hours of personal hell she experienced after eating a pot-filled candy bar during a trip to Colorado.

The Marijuana Policy Project unveiled the Denver billboard Wednesday as part of a campaign that warns tourists not to overdo it when indulging in edibles, which take longer to produce an effect, the Washington Examiner reported.

“Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation. With edibles, start low and go slow,” the billboard reads, featuring a red-haired lookalike to Ms. Dowd sitting on a hotel bead with her head in her hands.

“I love it,” Ms. Dowd told BuzzFeed News. “I’m going to make it my Christmas card.”

“But some of my friends have pointed out that the hotel room looks way too tidy,” she added.

The Project said their effort encourages tourists “to start with a low dose of THC and go slow when consuming edible marijuana products, which can take up to two hours to feel the effect,” the Examiner reported.

“The billboard features a distressed woman in a dark hotel room, alluding to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s now-infamous June column detailing her over-consumption of a marijuana-infused candy bar in her Denver hotel room,” the Project said.

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