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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Matt Brown, co-founder of My 420 Tours in Denver, spent several hours guiding New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd through the ins and outs of Colorado's legal marijuana industry back in January.

So he had concerns about the reaction to Dowd's column about her experience in Colorado, which was published this week. Dowd described entering a "hallucinatory state" for eight hours because she nibbled too much of a marijuana-infused candy bar, writing that as she grew more paranoid she was "convinced that I had died and no one was telling me."

Brown told The Cannabist, a website managed by The Denver Post that covers marijuana culture, that he had warned Dowd about the unpredictability of edibles. When Dowd finally addressed the reactions to her original column, she said she didn't recall Brown mentioning edibles.

“I wrote in the column that I take responsibility for not knowing enough about what I was doing,” Dowd wrote in the statement obtained by The Cannabist. “I was focused more on the fun than the risks. In that sense, I’m probably like many other people descending on Denver.”

So TPM caught up with Brown on Thursday to ask why he thinks his advice went unheeded, as well as to get his insight into how Dowd's column could affect the perception of the legal pot industry in the state.

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