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Saturday, August 27, 2005


Government Schwag

The eleven most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to sell you drugs." John Tierney has the details on the farce that is government marijuana cultivation. Money quote:
But Mr. Alden said only some kinds of marijuana worked - not the weak variety provided by the federal government, which he smoked during a research study.

"It was awful stuff," he said. "They started out with a very low-grade plant, rolled it up with stems and seeds, and then freeze-dried it so that they probably ruined any of the THC crystals. All it did was give me headaches and bronchitis. The bronchitis got so bad I had to drop out of the study."
I'm sure that the crappy quality of government marijuana has nothing at all to do with any vested government interest in showing that marijuana has no medicinal uses. Not only is this a case where private industry clearly outperforms government, it's a case where high school students with bad mustaches do better than government scientists.


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