Vice Squad
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Olympic Torch Leads to Cannabis Destruction

You never know when some crazy person is going to try to attack an Olympic torchbearer, so you have to provide security. In Crete, the police had a helicopter shadowing the torch, and it's a good thing, too. Eagle-eyed chopper-borne police spotted three fields of cannabis, leading to the destruction of 6,500 marijuana plants. (Chicago Trib article here, registration required; photo of some of the plants here.)

I used to think that it would be possible to track the Goodyear blimp via reports of automobile rear-end collisions; will it be possible to track the path of the Olympic torch through cannabis seizure statistics?

[Update: Last One Speaks beat us to the torch tale.]

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