At a state senate hearing in Utah, the Drug Enforcement Agency provided compelling testimony about a bill being proposed that would allow human patients to ingest weed-laced edibles to treat certain medical conditions. Special Agent Matt Fairbanks said, in public, that the legalization of therapeutic pot could have a drastic effect on woodland creatures because they could “cultivate a taste” for weed plants. No, really — that’s what he said. The Washington Post describes his account that includes a tale of ONE lethargic rabbit:
Fairbanks spoke of his time eliminating back-country marijuana grows in the Utah mountains, specifically the environmental costs associated with large-scale weed cultivation on public land: “Personally, I have seen entire mountainsides subjected to pesticides, harmful chemicals, deforestation and erosion,” he said. “The ramifications to the flora, the animal life, the contaminated water, are still unknown.”
Fairbanks said that at some illegal marijuana grow sites he saw “rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana. …” He continued: “One of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone.
That single rabbit proved everything. To cast away any remaining doubt, he also said, “I deal in facts. I deal in science.” DEA science.