Monday, March 2, 2015

DEA agent cites stoned rabbits as concern for Utah’s medical marijuana bill

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM

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As our neighbors in Utah consider a bill to allow medical marijuana to be used in edible form, the Senate panel heard a pretty curious testimony from DEA special agent Matt Fairbanks.

“I come to represent the actual science,” Fairbanks says at the beginning of his testimony, posted online by The Washington Post, “I stand behind the information that is presented by our researchers and scientists that look out for the public’s good.”

He names several anti-marijuana associations before reiterating that he “deal[s] in facts” and before citing his concern about the bill’s language regarding growing the marijuana. That’s when the testimony gets interesting.

“The deforestation has left marijuana grows with even rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana,” Fairbanks says (3:42). ”One of ‘em refused to leave us and we took all the marijuana around him but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone.”

That’s right, even rabbits.

As if that’s a statement not worth elaborating on, Fairbanks doesn’t offer anymore more details on the stoned rabbit problem, continuing on to the possibly unforeseen costs of enforcement and land protection if the bill passes. His concerns come after 10 years of working in the state, and as a part of Utah’s Marijuana Eradication Team.

“I spend time up on those mountains protecting our environment,” Fairbanks says. “Personally, I’ve seen entire mountainsides subjected to pesticides, harmful chemicals and deforestation.”

In fairness, Fairbanks doesn’t take a stand against the bill, saying only that it should be “looked at” by a state interim committee. Surely then they’ll recognize that licensed medical marijuana grows don’t result in anymore deforestation than any other form of development, and that a couple stoned rabbits shouldn’t keep patients from some relief.

Just ask Sugar Bob, a Colorado Oregon MMJ farm deer.

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