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Stoned Journalists Wanted For Channel 4 Documentary

by | 16th, August 2007

jacqui_smith_cannabis.jpg“CHANNEL 4 has caused controversy after inviting journalists to take drugs and alcohol for a documentary.” (Pic: Beau Bo D’Or)

So says the Telegraph. And it’s no small shock to read that journalists need an invitation to imbibe spirits and the fumes from herbal cigarettes.

But the paper’s Nicole Martin knows her craft. And she says the results are to be part ofa  study into whether cannabis and ecstasy are more harmful than alcohol.

TV company Ricochet is said to have written to prospective participants inviting them to spend a month in Holland where they would take drugs and drink alcohol “with no legal repercussions”.

“We are looking for journalists in their 20s or early 30s who are happy to admit to the occasional or more regular use of one of these substances and allow us to follow the effects that it has on their body over the period of a month,” says Hannah Lamb, an assistant producer, in an email.

“They would take the journalists to Holland where there would be no legal repercussions and where they have a great university who will be monitoring the effects.”

Why go to Holland? Why not just monitor some Dutch journalists? Or are they so very foreign?

And why only journalists? Why not Cabinet Ministers? Or TV executives?

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