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You can’t kill a zombie with a pen. Jab it in the eye. Spear it in the chest. It will just keep shuffling along, moaning and snarling and trying to eat your brain.
Here comes one now.
“To think that marijuana today is the same benign thing, or, you know, the drug that the baby boomers used to take in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, it’s totally false.” That’s Sgt. Pat Poitevin talking. He’s a Mountie who works in “drug awareness” and he made that comment in an interview with CTV News, which aired a series of alarming stories about “potent pot” last week.
The reporter then summarized the facts, as told to her by Sgt. Poitevin. “He says marijuana today is genetically engineered for a bigger hit. Grow-ops have managed to boost the THC, that’s the active chemical in marijuana, from one or three per cent in the ’70s to 10 or 11, even 32 per cent today. Add to that the gallons of pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers growers are using to boost production of the plants.”
Cut to Sgt. Poitevin. “You don’t have the same drug on the street any more.”
There it is. A classic zombie.
It was first spotted staggering around, eating people’s brains, in the mid-1970s. By 1980, when Newsweek urgently reported that today’s pot is “as much as seven times stronger than ‘grass’ available four years ago,” it was familiar to anyone who followed the news. In fact, through most of the years when pot was “benign,” to use Sgt. Poitevin’s description, police officers like Sgt. Poitevin were warning the public that marijuana was no longer the benign stuff they knew back in the day.