It was a single Tweet, one some say has shattered police credibility when it comes to marijuana.
The subject of the Tweet, “Shatter,” is a concentrated marijuana extract. The problem? It’s impossible to overdose on, and has never killed anyone.
Earlier tonight on Drex Live, Drex spoke with Kirk Tousaw, constitutional lawyer and cannabis activist, about how police could have made such a mistake, and what it means for the marijuana debate.
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Tousaw says the misunderstanding comes from thinking of Shatter as a “new” drug. He says while many people may not have heard about it, refined and concentrated marijuana products aren’t anything new or particularly dangerous.
“Shatter really refers to the physical form the product is in, not what’s in the product. … so it’s no different really than a shot of alcohol versus a glass of beer or wine.”
But he says it’s also nothing new to see officials putting out misleading information about Shatter. He says more often than not, it’s because people have just learned about it.
“These things aren’t new, it’s just that sometimes they come to the attention of peole who have no real depth of knowledge of cannabis and cannabis related products, and they tend to kind of overreact.”
“It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the person in charge of the twitter account isn’t necessarily a front line officer dealing with these kinds of things on an every day basis.”
Tousaw says despite the error, he thinks police handled the foul up well by apologizing and retracting the information.
And he says he thinks the public debate has actually been good from an educational perspective.
“It almost creates this information bubble that surges to the surface and people learn things about it. The media coverage of the event in particular has been much more nuanced.”
Tousaw says he was pleased to see a push back on the issue, and not just coming from pot activists.