Dabbing Hysteria Exposed: Drug-Abuse Educator Slams ABC 15 for Exaggerations

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MaryEllen Resendez exaggerated the impact of dabbing on Shane Watson's life, according to Watson.
Anti-drug educator Shane Watson often thinks about his appearance in a viral ABC 15 news story about the "threat" of dabbing.

"It's not an exaggeration to say that for a short period of time, it ruined my life," says Watson, who works for the local drug-prevention organization notMYkid.

He's not talking about dabs, one of several terms for concentrated hash oil.

Rather, it was the September 16 broadcast on ABC-15 (KNXV-TV) that messed him up.

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We noticed the online version of the piece by reporter MaryEllen Resendez while researching our April 3 article on hash oil and dabbing.

"'Dabbing' the new drug of choice for teens?" ran the headline in the TV news story. Anchor Katie Raml introduces the piece by saying hash oil is a "new danger" and that "experts say it's becoming a real threat." Resendez says, "Sadly, it's becoming the choice of drug among teens, some as young as sixth grade."

Resendez relies on Watson heavily for the article and -- though mentioning his prior use of booze and heroin -- makes him sound like the West's most prolific dabber.

Watson's group shares some culpability for the problem -- after all, notMYkid and Watson jumped at the chance to be interviewed by ABC 15, probably because they figured the free publicity might be beneficial. Yet even without Watson's complaints, a careful viewer would have noticed something suspicious about the way the video was edited to help tell the story:

Watson's quoted as saying he believed he could "outpower" his addictions.

Then Resendez tells viewers, "But when Shane moved from marijuana and alcohol to hash oil, it began to control him."

Back to Watson, who describes for the camera what smoking hash oil feels like: "It was intense. I felt like I was walking through wet concrete."

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Image: notmykid.org
Shane Watson
"That concrete turned to quicksand when Shane hit bottom," Resendez segues.

Both the broadcast video and online article tell how, "Watson lost a decade of his life to addiction. He hurt those around him and soon found he had lost everything."

A Google search for "dabbing" reveals that this article and broadcast piece was extraordinarily popular, picked up by hundreds of ABC affiliate stations and news sites across the country. And it was criticized heavily by marijuana advocates.

Russ Belville, who writes for High Times magazine and has a radio show, featured Resendez's work prominently in a widely read October article about the media's coverage of "dabs."

"Following a brief explanation of what 'butane hash oil' is without ever mentioning it is essentially marijuana," Belville wrote, "the bulk of the story features Shane Watson, a rehab counselor and recovering addict, explaining how awful his life became because of BHO."

That's the impression anyone who read or saw the story likely received.

But it's nonsense, says Watson.

He's "dabbed" exactly once in his life, he tells New Times.

And he insists that's what he told Resendez.


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21 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hash Oil is "more dangerous" than marijuana like Whiskey is more dangerous than Wine.

Warren Klofkorn
Warren Klofkorn

You should probably read up on what "crack" is before offering an opinion.

robert_graham
robert_graham

And the mainstream media needs to be slammed for exaggerating Obama's deportation numbers.

dkessler4
dkessler4

The war on those who use marijuana was started with lies and deceit.  Why should it end any other way?

azwillie
azwillie

There is no such thing as a lie too big to tell for the anti-marijuana crowd. Typical of all RepubliCons they believe lying to get their way is justified.

Paul Collette
Paul Collette

Come on people... This is crack for pot smokers. "Crack" Cocaine is Chemically purified, very potent, concentrated cocaine in pellet or hardened form that is smoked through a glass pipe and is considered highly and rapidly addictive. Same as this crap!

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

I am sure this uptight dumbass has seen all these so called dangers associated with "dabbing."

Artie Salem
Artie Salem

The only talking heads I've ever liked had David Byrne in the front.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Ms. Resendez knew what she was doing was wrong - I predict a career in Republican politics ahead for Ms. Resendez.  She is obviously NOT going to go far in journalism as she has violated journalistic ethics in this story and that gets around to legitimate new organizations.   BTW - Channel 15 doesn't do news - they do internet stories rephrased.

jeanjb
jeanjb

maybe sherrif joe will deport resendez,she looks like a harried "consuela" from "family guy"!  LOL

Kal Varnson
Kal Varnson

BLAH. like i say EVERYDAY........ A little dab'll do ya! :)

Tom Adikes
Tom Adikes

ABC is owned by Disney. Bringing the fantasy to you!

Scott Jeffries
Scott Jeffries

What's up with ABC15?! They are trying to be more and more like FOX News. Fox10 is less chicken-little-like than 15.

Chuck Graf
Chuck Graf

News stations should report the news, not push a political agenda. This is why I don't watch the news on tv.

Timothy Rentz
Timothy Rentz

It's not the marijuana that makes this dangerous, it's the chemical they use to process this kind of hash. Blame the butane companys or the processes. The only hash thats legal for med. Marijuana is cold water processed. Keep it just marijuana or extracts naturally derived and were fine. :) fyi

Sean Lee
Sean Lee

DANGER! Well prescribe you synthetic heroine and meth though...legally

Morris Sevada
Morris Sevada

It really is, that's ridiculous. Cutting and pasting an interview to fit their prohibition agendas.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

More b.s. from ch. 15. Which is why I never watch it. And ch. 5 except when ch. 12's news is pre-empted by sports. I don't know about ch. 3, the "AZ family channel." Ch. 10 is a bit sensationalistic, but I tune in to it occasionally. Ch. 12 is the one with the most credible reporting. I say that realizing that tv news is a totally cutthroat business. That said, NEWS FLASH! Eric Harroun, who was for a time a foreign fighter in Syria, was found dead in his dad's Phoenix home yesterday.

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