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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Blogtown Ethicist: Dropped Pot Dilemma

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Last night, I took a break from Occupy coverage to see the saddest movie ever, How to Die in Oregon, at the Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum. The movie follows an upbeat, awesome 54-year-old Portland mom with liver cancer as she chooses to end her life under Oregon's Death With Dignity law. At the end of the screening, the whole crowd is crying, rapt and sniffling as the director gets onstage for a Q&A. The room is somber and quiet. Then, the couple next to my boyfriend and me get up to leave and drop their pipe, spilling fragments of marijuana on the floor. They somehow don't notice and quickly head for the exit, leaving us to dissolve into completely inappropriate laughter that draws stares.

The question, of course, is immediate: What do we do? This is a very particular Portland problem. I'll post what we did in the comments.

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