D.A.R.E., the infamous anti-drug organization that seemingly hasn’t progressed beyond Reefer Madness, recently published a satirical anti-pot story thinking it was real. The piece, “Edible Marijuana Candies Kill 9 in Colorado, 12 at Coachella,” appeared on the fake news site topekasnews.com.
The story jokingly explains that, “Children are being addicted to marijuana. I knew this day would come, when a liberal president allowed a state to legally sell Marijuana Flintstone Vitamins to children…It is one of the most dangerous drugs on Earth. For every one joint of marijuana, four teenagers become burdened with pregnancy.”
The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham asked the organization about the running piece and, although they didn’t acknowledge their mistake, it was taken down right away.
Perhaps the most amazing fact about D.A.R.E. is that despite everything, it continues to receive funds from the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Department of Defense. It also takes in money from corporations like Warner Bros. and American Honda.
Research has proven that D.A.R.E. simply doesn’t prevent anyone from doing drugs and, in fact, actually sometimes increases their use. And their work can result in tragedies. In Kansas, after an 11-year-old student defended his mother’s use of cannabis oil to a D.A.R.E instructor, he was detained by authorities while the police obtained a warrant to search her home. After finding a small amount of cannabis oil (which she used to treat her Crohn’s Disease) a judge ordered that her son be taken from her home.
Their gullibility, ineffectiveness, misinformation, and connections to stories like this make many wonder why D.A.R.E. still exists.