Odd news from the drug war

Government can’t win the drug war, now they can’t even successfully smoke pot either.

From MSNBC:

Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy “” almost impenetrable forests of 10-foot-tall marijuana plants.

Gen. Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defense staff, said Thursday that Taliban fighters were using the forests as cover. In response, the crew of at least one armored car had camouflaged their vehicle with marijuana.

The plants are so full of water right now … that we simply couldn’t burn them,” he said.

“A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those (forests) did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action,” Hillier said dryly.

The money quote, though:

One soldier told him later: “Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I’d say ‘That damn marijuana.'”

If the rest of the War on Drugs went like this, the world would be a better place.

22 Comments
  1. “Government can’t win the drug war, now they can’t even successfully smoke pot either.”

    Clinton “didn’t inhale.” No wonder he screwed up the country so bad – the stupid SOB doesn’t even know how to smoke a joint!

  2. An unintended consequence of sealing the Mexican-US border:

    Commercial growers will turn to public lands in the U.S., and often booby-trap their crop, putting American citizens at risk.

  3. Unfortunately, this story is another example of drug war misinformation.

    The encounter was not with “marijuana” but hemp, the industrial kind.

    Check out the pic of this “10 foot wall of marijuana”:

    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/15239501/

    Now compare to this Afghani cannabis grown for… (well, whatever it is people do with this stuff, I wouldn’t know;):

    http://www.polosbastards.com/artman/uploads/6.jpg

    Hemp! Tough Enough To Repel The Canadian Army

  4. Allan, I’m pretty sure this was potent Cannabis from the following paragraph in that article:

    “A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those (forests) did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action,” Hillier said dryly.”

    Let’s see… burning an entire forest of marijuana had “ill effects” on soldiers downwind from it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what that means.

  5. Actually, I think that Allan is quite right. Judging from the picture, those are clearly hemp plants. Besides, I’m quite sure that breathing deisel and/or white phosphorus smoke would certainly cause “ill effects”.

  6. There was an article in one of the papers last week that reported on cannabis being preventive medicine for alzheimers disease. I think the report came out from Scripps Inst.
    Y’all check it out. I have other duties right now.
    M.H.W.

  7. I know a couple guys here in the Big D that handle that for them. What do they have, a couple hundred acres? I’d say, give them 2 weeks and 75% of the profits.

  8. I hear that Big D is going through a drought. There is no green here.

    I don’t smoke it, so it is a rumor I can only validate by looking at my lawn.

  9. I have to confirm the rumor… My lawn looks horrible and I live right outside Dallas. Bet the local distributors aren’t growing it here though… I hear Louisiana has some pretty big “farms”. Then there is always Rick Perry’s “secure” border… Gotta love a border we spend millions each years securing, but a 6 piece mariachi band on the back of an elephant can cross without question (check my facts http://tinyurl.com/ykzp8o)… Those troops really helped out I bet. So do the night vision gear and the random car checks… How much is it costing us again? Ugh, I digress…

  10. “cannabis being preventive medicine for alzheimers disease.”

    Yeah I saw that in the news and I laughed. Don’t you still lose your memory either way?

  11. Here’s a link to the press release from Scripps Institute
    http://www.scripps.edu/news/press/080906.html regarding marijuana and alzheimers disease.
    One of the points that we need to make on this issue is the loss of scientific information simply because scientist are not allowed to work with banned substances.
    Regardless of the humor some seem to get out of the issue it remains important.
    M.H.W.

  12. Transition Force-

    I know my herb. The Canadians ran into hemp. Their “ill feelings” were from burning the phosphorous and diesel.

    Medicinally, we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg of cannabis’ benefits. As research progresses (in places other than the US of course) we will see it is MORE than we “stoners” even imagined. IMO…

  13. Anyone have any idea how many states have ballot initiatives this election to legalize medical marijuana?
    M.H.W.

  14. “If the rest of the War on Drugs went like this, the world would be a better place.”

    I’d argue that the rest of the drug war isn’t going any better.

  15. Anyone have any idea how many states have ballot initiatives this election to legalize medical marijuana?

    Only one (SD).

    Additionally, Nevada and Colorado, which already have passed MMJ, have initiatives to take it a step further and make personal use amounts (up to an ounce) legal for all adults (18 and up in CO, 21 and up in NV).

    Nevada’s largest paper, the LV Review-Journal, just endorsed the Nevada initiative (BTW I circulated all three of these).

  16. Nick writes:”Yeah I saw that in the news and I laughed. Don’t you still lose your memory either way? ”

    Nick I know this is rather humorous to you, but there are some 50 million people in America who suffer from chronic pain and in many cases marijuana has been shown to help them.
    M.H.W.

  17. Yes, it’s really not funny to die choking on vomit because some judges and politicians want to send a message to the children.

    What message are they really sending? That it’s OK to torture and murder the sick.

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