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D.A.R.E. accidentally publishes pro-pot legalization op-ed

D.A.R.E. accidentally published an op-ed in favour of legalizing marijuana this week.
D.A.R.E. accidentally published an op-ed in favour of legalizing marijuana this week. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File

D.A.R.E., the anti-drug organization made famous by telling kids to just say no to drugs, accidentally said yes to them in an op-ed published on its website this week.

It might have been a stunning reversal of policy for D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) – if it had been on purpose. The organization accidentally published the piece which was originally written for The Columbus Dispatch.

The op-ed was written about an article entitled “Purchasing Marijuana Puts Kids At Risk” in which Dr. Johana Said argued that legalizing marijuana could have dangerous side effects and was published with the same headline.

“As a former deputy sheriff, I know from enforcing senseless marijuana laws that children only are being put in more danger when marijuana is kept illegal,” Carlis McDerment, a former deputy sheriff who now works with the organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) wrote in the op-ed.

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“People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children. We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer.”

McDerment’s op-ed is still available on the Dispatch website. But not on the D.A.R.E website where it was re-published.

All that’s left now is a “sorry, no posts matched your criteria” page that shares a headline with the op-ed.

This is what’s left after the op-ed was taken off the D.A.R.E. site. Screenshot

So how did the pro-legalization op-ed get published on an anti-legalization website? Global News asked and didn’t get a response. But the group confirmed to The Washington Post on Tuesday that the questionable headline “may be why it was posted.”

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