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With all the weed-stocked coffee shops dotting the country, you’d assume that Dutch police would know the difference between the kind of cannabis that gets you high and hemp, the male plant that sucks for smoking, but is great for fuel, fiber, and a million other things. Not so. Officers descended on what they thought was an illegal ganja farm, but turned out to be an agricultural group’s “officially sanctioned field of harmless hemp.” Authorities had publicly announced the seizure of “more than 47,000 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of nearly $6.45 million,” before they were alerted to the error. Oops.

A spokesman for the university that planted the crop, gave a more accurate assessment of its retail value: “The street value from a drug point of view is less than zero.” |AP|

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