Twitter is an awesome platform. I can connect with people in a way that isn’t possible on Facebook. Of course, when I say connect with people, I mean calling out politicians, media pundits, and celebrities on their bullshit. This last week I saw an asinine tweet from notorious canna-hater and propagandist Kevin Sabet. If you don’t know who Kevin Sabet is, consider yourself lucky because he is the worst. He is one of the biggest anti-cannabis talking heads in the US. He is the founder of the anti legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (Ha!) and the author of Reefer Sanity, a play on the film Reefer Madness, which like the film relies on scare tactics, debunked and outdated information, and outright lies. I won’t link to any of his work because I do not want to contribute to the hits on his site. Trust me when I say that he is the literal worst.
So, I saw this tweet from him in response to someone else who made the comment that cannabis legalization is inevitable, “Wrong. 9% of Americans use pot monthly. Very diff than alcohol. There will be an anti marijuana backlash.Sadly we’ll have to wait for bodies. (emphasis mine)” Naturally, this enraged me. So I quote tweeted him and asked, “How many people have died from cannabis, Kevin?” I did not get an answer, so I followed his Twitter account and sent him a direct message, repeating my question. A few minutes later, I returned to my DMs to see if he had seen my question. I was informed that I could no longer message that account. Kevin Sabet had blocked me. Why? Was my question harassment? I certainly did not think so. He claims constantly how dangerous cannabis is and how much of a threat it is to society, surely he had some numbers for me.
We all know why Kevin Sabet blocked me rather than answer my question: he knows that he’s full of shit. He didn’t have an answer because no one has ever overdosed and died from cannabis. Now, I am a proud person, but I can admit when I’m wrong. This guy on the other hand, did the internet equivalent of putting his fingers in his ears and going, “lalalalalalalalala”. This is what people like Kevin Sabet do. They mislead their readers with distorted facts and outright propaganda, and when they are called out on it, they just pretend you don’t exist. Well Kevin, I have news for you. Cannabis is more popular than ever before. Thanks to the internet people know when they are being lied to and they are not going to put up with it anymore. You can’t block the truth Kevin.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried to interact with propagandists on Twitter only to have them block you when you call them out? Share in the comments!