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Responses To ‘Stoned’

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Two weeks ago, the Free Weekly ran a cover story titled “Stoned,” a whimsical look at places with great views if you happen to be … well, stoned, in the opinion of the writer.
It was a lark, not meant to be taken seriously. More of a continuing jab in the eye of laws that allow the consumption, regulation and taxation of alcohol while taking a hard-line stance against par-tokers of cannabis.
The cover featured a whopping big marijuana leaf. Here’s some of the responses to that from our website:

Unpleasantly Displeased

Jennifer: This is inappropriate for a free publication. My 7-year-old son and I were walking on the square, when he saw a huge picture of a marijuana leaf on the front of the “Freekly”, as you now call it, and asked what it was. That should not happen. I understand what you’re trying to do here. In fact, I know quite a few people who smoke marijuana. However, this shouldn’t be on display every where in town. Couldn’t you just call it “The Most Relaxing Places” or something? Obviously, you have the right to freedom of free speech and the press, but I can only ask that you would consider respecting the wishes of me and other parents by not publishing this sort of material in this particular publication. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate for a different magazine or newspaper? TFW is free and (I thought) family-oriented. If this paper continues to print this sort of thing, I will then ask local businesses to stop distributing it.
Drew: I’m disappointed at this attempt to be “edgy.” Why would you not only publish an article of this sort in a free paper, but name businesses that cater to children as the best places to go in an altered state? On top of this it’s the cover story during Bikes and Blues — meaning thousands of people from out of town will read it. I guess you wanted to loose all credibility and advertising with local businesses.

Not, These Aren’t From My Mother

Jane: Are people so out of touch with reality as to think that The Free Weekly is a family oriented newspaper? Seriously? And the next time one of your children asks what a marijuana leaf is and you don’t want to explain to them that it’s the leaf of a medicinal herb, you can tell them it’s a hemp leaf and that it’s used to make clothing and lip balm and body lotion.
Lighten up people. The Free Weekly is a newspaper that’s aimed at the college age and above crowd. And what does it being free have to do with anything?
Maybe for next week’s paper, the cover needs to be a plain brown wrapper.
Michael: Everyone knows Fayetteville is a stoner town to some degree (even those upstanding visitors on bikes). We passed an ordinance a couple of years ago regarding marijuana priority. I say roll up, light up, lighten up, have a Saturday wake and bake. Embrace it. Most of us do this now and then. If you don’t … too bad, so sad! Thank you Freekly for a few good ideas. Now it’s back to work we go. It’s all good.

Just a couple of quick points:
1) The Free Weekly is not family-oriented or family-hostile. Some content is appropriate for all ages. Some is … less so. Generally speaking, I think you’ll find most alternative weeklies are tuned to a decidedly adult audience.
2) I’ve heard it called the Freekly for years and just assumed that’s what everyone called it. I know that’s been its nickname for some time among newspaper people. Thoughts on that? Do you like the nickname? Hate it?


Rob October 17, 2010 at 6:05 am

@Jennifer: you may censor your child, but you should stop trying to censor the Free Weekly. It makes you look bad…
If it were a mug of frostiness on the front of the mag, would you have even noticed?

@Drew: lose the stick up your arse! Actually that ones for Jennifer too. You propaganda believing fools should smoke a bowl, then you just might “get it!”

@tfw: thank you ;^)

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CurtisNeeley October 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Censorship is not always bad and is only bad if always opposed or always supported. The mother or other parents should rejoice that there was chances to educate or mold the young curious mind.

Alcohol and cigarettes cause death for more United States citizens every month than have been caused by the consumption of marijuana exclusively since … well since “Eve” or “Adam” first did. As in EVER.

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Robert October 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

Marijuana is a far safer substance than alcohol, and yet alcohol is so ingrained in our culture for the type of patron like Jennifer above to complain about a marijuana leaf being displayed on the front page, but not the Free Weekly’s continued review & rating of new beers and wines.

It is a concern of hers and mine that our culture continues to encourage the use of a psychoactive substance like alcohol that contributes to 90% of rapes & 95% of assaults on college campuses. According to the Center for Disease Control, Alcohol is the 3rd leading preventable cause of death behind only poor diet and cigarettes, but marijuana each year has “ZERO” deaths attributed to its use. If marijuana were available as a legal alternative to alcohol, this substitution would considerably reduce the harms that are caused to our society by alcohol.

If you grow tired of referring to it as hemp as Jane above described and want to be open and honest with them at some point in their lives, then here is a good page that illustrates our society’s hypocrisy:


I am glad that Fayetteville is a town that no longer suppresses open debate regarding this subject. Thank You Free Weekly!

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Heather October 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I just wanted to say thank you for bringing this topic to light, because it reminds me as a parent to reach out to my 13 year old, give him a hug, tell him how much I love him and explain the dangers of certain drugs. Granted, your son is 7, very different age. My point is that; I would rather be the one to explain to my son what something may or may not be. Our children are so fortunate in this day in age to have so much powerful knowledge and information available to them. Imagine the lives that knowledge could have possibly saved today in our generation or the generations before us.

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