Weedy Wednesday

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There have been many half-baked arguments made in favor of cannabis prohibition, but the one made by a Utah DEA agent in a recent hearing on medical marijuana has to be one of the strangest (and most Steinbeckian): what about the rabbits?

“I deal in facts. I deal in science,” agent Matt Fairbanks said, as he presented his anecdotal evidence about pothead bunnies while somehow managing to keep a straight face.

Fairbanks is a member of Utah’s Marijuana Eradication Team, and his tale of finding a stoned rabbit just languishing around a marijuana grow site was, how do I put it, interesting? “One of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone,” he testified. Oh no. So medical marijuana should remain illegal in Utah because some rabbit might get high? Dude.

Although I enjoyed reading about Agent Fairbanks’ adventure, his isn’t the most fantastical story I have read. From the beginning of cannabis prohibition, agents and government officials have spun many a false yarn about the dangers of marijuana, many rooted in racism.

Harry Anslinger, the father of marijuana prohibition, was a master at using the spectre of marijuana to stir up racial fear. During his testimony to Congress in support of the Marihuana tax Act of 1937, he said:

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

Watch Out for the Stoned Bunnies

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15 Responses to Weedy Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Reefer madness continues in some circles despite the evidence to the contrary. There are those that are intolerant of anothers’ recreational choices and will always object to fun in any form. They want everyone to be as miserable as they are, they believe in strict principles without compromise.

    Too bad, they are the ones in most need if libations to unwind their poor little inhibited minds.

    Today in addition to the fine coffee, donuts and oatmeal we have include a bowl of fine herbs to start your day and vaporizers to take you away.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Afternoon already.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Den — When you are all comfy consider sending a report on your siting to Mufon. What you described is better than most of the reports.

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  4. º¿carol says:

    Bad grammar in the rabbit poster. Should be “you’re” and not “your.” You are doing it wrong.

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  5. º¿carol says:

    Had ice to shovel last night. Guess we had more weather than it looked from inside the house all day. Did the deck, walkway to the garage, cleared the path to the bird feeders, and only along one side of the garage. To heck with the rest. It’s all going to melt on it’s own in a few days.

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  6. º¿carol says:

    That new Facebook friend of mine is no fun. He posts one right wing piece of dung after another and I started making comments. You know, pointing out a few facts, talking as sweet as possible to make sure I don’t sound angry. He won’t fight back. He clicked a “like” on one thing, and said “we agree to disagree” on another and that was it.

    That is good though because I’ll block him sooner than I thought I would. If he, or none of his friends say anything, where’s the fun. *phyttt*

    I’ll give him another day.

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  7. º¿carol says:

    I see a government report came out, saying the police in Ferguson, Missouri are not very nice to black people. I’m glad they had their little study. The rest of us could see it w/o having a study made. It’s good though to have it. Proof is what counts.

    Of course, no one is going to do anything to the cop who killed Michael Brown. He gets to skate as most cops do coast to coast.

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    A brief chat with Alice and a hi to Chris on my way into the Hillside Cafe.

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