LA Times Fooled by Fake Press Release; Pro-Marijuana Groups Claim Responsibility

If only the War on Drugs had extended to all drugs — including the makers of Viagra, Xanax, and whatever other pills people pop these days.

Many a pro-marijuana, anti-prohibition argument abide by this script. And on Tuesday, so did several news agencies who reported on a press release purportedly sent from U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy's Office in San Diego.

Duffy, the release announced, would be forthwith closing down pharmacies and other dispensers of USDA-approved drugs because of “high rates of pharmaceutical drug abuse and high property values of targeted pharmacies.”

Only a few hours passed before the press release was revealed to be a hoax. Several news agencies, including the Los Angeles Times, fell victim to the prank, according to the North County Times.

Now several different drug war opponents are claiming the credit.

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