Ok, so my libertarian streak has been significantly more apparent lately, but it's just these stories coming out, coupled with the pleasant fact that internet leans libertarian.
Which brings me to a story of the federal government making up for its blundering impotence, with blundering stupidity:
More than 98 percent of all of the marijuana plants seized by law enforcement in the United States is feral hemp not cultivated cannabis, according to newly released data by the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program and the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics.The logic behind the banning of a natural plant is bewildering. I mean, what a waste of tax dollars, destroying millions of natural growing plants out of the fear of the non-existent to mild high it might give some people. If there is one thing the federal government is effective at, it's the wasting of our money.
According to the data, available online at: http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/pdf/t4382005.pdf, of the estimated 223 million marijuana plants destroyed by law enforcement in 2005, approximately 219 million were classified as "ditchweed," a term the agency uses to define "wild, scattered marijuana plants [with] no evidence of planting, fertilizing, or tending." Unlike cultivated marijuana, feral hemp contains virtually no detectable levels of THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis, and does not contribute to the black market marijuana trade.