Vice Squad
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
On Opium and Poppy-Seed Bagels

Daniel Engber at Slate explains how we get our legal supplies of opiates and poppy seeds. But don't try this at home:
It's against the law to grow opium poppies in the United States, although enforcement has been inconsistent in the case of small-time gardeners who grow them as ornamental flowers. According to the Controlled Substances Act, every part of the opium poppy except the seed is illegal, including the seed pods, but some companies do import dried seed pods for decorative purposes.


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