Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Stoned rabbits?

Last night, just as I was getting ready to go to bed, I read a ridiculous article in the Washington Post.  Okay, so maybe the article itself wasn't ridiculous, but the subject matter that prompted the article was certainly silly.  Medical marijuana is being considered for legalization in Utah.  Marijuana is well known for its pain and nausea relieving properties.  I happen to be all for its legalization, especially for people who suffer from certain serious illnesses.  It can really make a difference in the quality of life for many people.

Of course, since it's legislators in Utah who are considering this bill, I had to know there would be resistance.  And there is.  According to a recent post written by Washington Post blogger Christopher Ingraham, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent named Matt Fairbanks recently testified about the dangers of legalizing cannabis in Utah.  Among the reasons it might be a bad idea is the possibility that wildlife, particularly rabbits, might "cultivate a taste" for pot, lose their fear of humans, and basically be stoned all the time.


Mr. Fairbanks explains that he has a lot of experience dealing with illegal pot growers.  He's seen what growing pot can do.  And what's more, he's an expert, along with the rest of his DEA colleagues... who recently made a big score when they raided a retiree's garden and seized all his okra plants.

Look... I understand that many people are concerned about people getting high for fun.  This is the first time I have ever heard of anyone being concerned about wild animals getting stoned.  Moreover, it seems to me that if we were to legalize cannabis, it would be grown in a controlled area that would hopefully be protected against wayward wild animals and curious teenagers looking to get baked.

Of all the things I've heard about why legalizing cannabis might not be a good idea, this "reason" has to be the most ludicrous.

Wonder if this deer is experiencing "reefer madness"...  

This one seems to be very horny.  My guess is that it wasn't pot that inspired this reaction.  

I will be very surprised if Utah gets legal medical marijuana anytime soon.  I think the culture there will resist it.  Indeed, even if it does get legalized, there will be plenty of people who won't use it based on religious grounds.  But I guess they had to trot out every conceivable reason why legalizing cannabis is a bad thing to do and, in the meantime, manage to look even more ridiculous than usual.  As for me, if I ever get cancer or AIDS or any other really unpleasant or uncomfortable disease, I hope I will have every hope of getting relief.  If that means I finally try marijuana, so be it.

Love this...  and the prospect of stoned rabbits in Utah makes it all the more apropos.



  1. I'd be extremely surprised if the state of Utah legalized medical use of marijuana. Old Joe would've been told it was oK way back in the 1800's if such were the case. he wasn't told that it was NOT OK either, but that's beside the point. The idea of a entires species of stoned coyotes, mountain lions, and river otters is just too apppalling, never mind the idea of stoned Mormons. But the bigger question remains: would medical marijuana growers and sellers make a significant amount of money? Would these people be Mormon? if a Mormon were legally prescribed medical marijuana, would he or she be allowed to attend the temple under the influence/ It might change the temple experience dranstically for some nenbers, If so, the church stands to profit, and the motion should go through. hell, maybe they'll even selll it, with proper prescription, at that river creek makk, whould

    1. I imagine a good high would make three hours of church more bearable for many.


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