Utah's bunnies are feasting on the wrong kind of green, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent told a Utah state senate panel recently.
The Mormon state is considering a bill to legalize medical cannabis, and the Utah senate judiciary, law enforcement & criminal justice standing committee heard testimony for the bill on Feb. 26. It was there that DEA Special Agent Matt Fairbanks warned about legalization's perilous consequences.
[jump] “I deal in facts. I deal in science,” Fairbanks said, according to the Washington Post.
At some illegal cannabis farms he saw “rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana…One of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone,” he said.
Fairbanks told the committee of his decade wiping out illegal marijuana grows in the Utah mountains, and the alleged devastation that the subsequent pesticides, deforestation and erosion bring. All reasons to continue prohibition, he said. And, you know, to protect the rabbits.
No word on whether or not Special Agent Elmer Fudd testified after Fairbanks. The committee approved the bill, which goes before the full senate this week.
You can listen to his testimony yourself in the embed below, or at this link.
Audio embed of Fairbanks' testimony at the Utah State Legislature. “The bunnies, they be getting' high!” (not an actual quote).
[h/t The Washington Post]