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DEA Warns Of Stoned Rabbits If Utah Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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(via neogaf.com)

Usually marijuana opponents go around asking people, ‘what about the children?’ Marijuana opponents have long warned that marijuana reform will lead to an epidemic of stoned youth. That claim has yet to be backed up by facts, so now marijuana opponents are trying a new tactic – they are warning that legalizing medical marijuana in Utah will lead to stoned rabbits, according to Matt Fairbanks of the DEA. Really. Per The Cannabist:

“I deal in facts. I deal in science,” said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who’s been working in the state for a deacade. He is a member of the “marijuana eradication” team in Utah. Some of his colleagues in Georgia recently achieved notoriety by raiding a retiree’s garden and seizing a number of okra plants.

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.”

Utah is considering legalizing medical marijuana. And not just CBD, which Utah has already legalized, but the entire plant. Utah is considering a plan that would provide for safe access to medical marijuana. The thought of medical marijuana coming to Utah has made marijuana opponents so desperate that they are now saying ‘what about the rabbits?’ If this doesn’t highlight just how desperate marijuana opponents are these days, I don’t know what does. Utah has sent the medical marijuana bill to the full Senate, where it will be debated and has a good chance of passing.


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  • newsies2

    Although many of the People who showed up at the Utah Senate hearing concerning the Medical Marijuana bill, and let this Politicians know that many People can’t wait another year for it to be discussed and reviewed, the Lawmakers and others like the DEA agent, made laughing stocks of themselves and Utah.

    One of the young Women, who was speaking about her experience of having to go to California and Colorado to get the possibly life saving medical marijuana treatments, and which by the way was putting her Cancer in retreat, was telling the main opponent of the bill, how many can’t wait till next year, because they don’t have that much time, to which he replied, nobody is going to die. They’ll either go out of state, or get it illegally. So here is a vocal opponent to the bill, actually admitting that some will get it illegally, so they won’t die. I thought I heard it all.

  • Gary Williams

    How can they expect to be taken serious or expect Respect when they make ignorant baseless claims continually?

  • David

    Obviously the rabbits were in possession of the marijuana. Why weren’t they arrested?

  • Lance

    I really like rabbits and they should not be getting stoned. Bad things can happen to rabbits when they are high like getting run over or stepped on by the DEA and what if they are stoned and don’t pay attention to the sky and a hawk, a black hawk government helicopter lands on them. Marijuana should remain illegal so I can keep making money off it otherwise I will have to go out and get a real job where they will probably drug test me.

  • David

    Maybe, just maybe those bunnies lost their fear of man because those growers were nice to them.
    A little bit of good weed can make a lot of new friends.
    What do you want to bet those bunnies now hate cops?

  • David

    Cool! At last a marijuana infused edible for those on a low cab diet!
    How many of those bunnies would I have to ingest to get buzzed?

  • John Smith

    Please legalize marijuana or at least decriminalize it. How can alcohol be legal but marijuana is not? I am going to keep lighting up anyway. I get my dog stoned and he loves it. I’m sure the rabbits did too. I love all the politicians that act like they didn’t smoke in college. Liars. Bush did blow off strippers titties yet a little weed smoking in my house, by my lonesome is somehow a detriment to society. Also, the argument that all our teens will be zombies and stoners is ridiculous. Do you really think kids aren’t already smoking weed and drinking the booze from their parents liquor cabinets? I can tell you that they are. I was a teenager ten years ago and we were doing all the above…and guess what….marijuana was not legal anywhere when we did that. Portugal is a country that figured it out. Legalize everything. Do you really think that just because heroin is legal, everyone would start doing it? I wouldn’t. I know it is bad for me. WAKE UP AMERICA!

  • Paula

    Mike Strum hey you are wrong, chewing on a bud of marijuana helps pain, better than my pain pills and releases anxiety and is healthier than any pill.

  • Paula

    Paula Hunt

  • Get real

    I guess it’s time for the Democrats to make a law banning stoned rabbits. Lets see if NJ will be first!

  • khh

    One does not simply rabbit-proof marijuana with a fence, when stoned bunny rabbits are on the rampage.

  • Mike Y

    PS – “What’s Up, Doc?”
    B’deah, B’deah, B’deah, Tha…Tha… Tha… That’s All, Folks!

  • Mike Y

    One has to wonder about the response of his superiors at the DEA about all this. They’re not necessarily all dimwits and at least a few of them must be appalled at these idiotic remarks, which can’t help but make them all look like imbeciles. Not that I’d shed any tears about that. I would encourage more of this, as I feel that scorn, ridicule and a generous helping of self-inflicted public humiliation will be more effective for ending prohibition than anything we could possibly say.

  • michiganman

    I really needed a good laugh today and that sure did it. So damn funny………desperately funny. It shows the DEA is on the run and grasping at straws….ha ha ha ha ha ha ahhhhh.

  • Rob

    (NaturalNews) “Contrary to popular belief, the marijuana plant is a whole lot more than just a psychoactive drug that “stoners” use to get high. In raw form, marijuana leaves and buds are actually loaded with a non-psychoactive, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer nutrient compound known as cannabidiol (CBD) that is proving to be a miracle “superfood” capable of preventing and reversing a host of chronic illnesses.”

    So these rabbits are actually smarter than this clown special agent Matt Fairbanks.

  • Rob

    I guess this clown special agent Matt Fairbanks has never heard of a rabbit proof fence.

  • Chris

    That rabbits dynamite

  • Troy

    Christ on a cracker. Are you kidding me????

    Marijuana was the very FIRST cultivated plant. It’s been around for eons. I’m guessing the animals knew all about it, before humans decided to make it illegal. And legal/illegal… when did a plant have the power to be proven right/wrong???

  • khh

    ‘I knew I should have taken a left turn at Albuquerque!’

  • Traci Ford


  • Stupid Marijuana does not release the thc unless it heated . http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1097/1097_01.asp
    Is your name even really written down ?

  • WMC

    I once fed a wild rabbit carrots every day for two weeks straight. After two weeks of feeding the rabbit carrots, the rabbit lost it’s natural instinct to run away. Hmmm.. I wonder why..

  • kycountry

    I can’t help it……………bugs bunny……..also, can’t stop laughing…………..peace

  • Nathaniel

    His natural instincts to run were somehow gone?……Which school of science did this man graduate from?
    I have only spent a limited amount of time in Utah, so I can’t really speak to its constituents, but we can only hope that they are not going to be swayed by this BS.

  • Robert Dewayne King

    ??? I was under the impression that herbivores did not respond to cannibinoids and could not get stoned !!

  • khh

    This will almost certainly have an honored place in the history of Reefer Madness. Poor Special Agent Matt Fairbanks. In the age of Google, he will be forever known as the DEA guy who warned everyone about stoned bunny rabbits.

  • Ricky

    All animals possess a similar endocannabinoid system to us humans. It makes perfect sense that they would consume it.

  • Ricky

    The rabbit didn’t run because he likes the smell of pussy.

  • Cyndysub

    I remember reading somewhere that Deer will wait until weed plants have started flowering before eating them. Drug Addict animals now.

  • Matt

    The DEA and Cops need to back out of politics. Its not their place. They enforce the laws, not make them. We don’t care what they have to say about medicine because they aren’t scientists or doctors. But ya know what? Thank you Fairbanks for being so ridiculous. It probably helped to pass it through the committee!