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No, pot did not kill 37 people: Satirical article on legalization goes viral

12:20 PM, Jan 4, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Friends don't let friends think a satirical article is real. So please let your friends and family know that 37 people did not die of marijuana overdoses the first day of legalization.

The article responsible for all the confusion comes from The Daily Currant, which touts itself as a satirical blog that focuses on politics, technology, and entertainment.

It's the lesser known competitor of The Onion, but still gets nearly 1.5 million page views a month, according to Quantcast.

Perhaps this is why so many people on social media have taken its recent headline, "Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization," as the real deal.

In the article, The Daily Currant leaves several clues to the stories satirical value. This includes quoting the Rocky Mountain News, a newspaper which went out of business in 2009.

A second clue is found with the people mentioned inside the story:

"One of the those victims was 29-year-old Jesse Bruce Pinkman, a former methamphetamine dealer from Albuquerque who had recently moved to Boulder to establish a legal marijuana dispensary."

Pickman was an infamous fictional character in the American television drama series "Breaking Bad."

Despite these clues, the article has been shared thousands of times as an actual news report. 

If you ever have doubts about a stories validity, 9NEWS recommends verifying the media source and if you're still in doubt check snopes.com or send us an email.

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