Newsbrief: Reefer Madness Threatens Hawkeye State, Iowa Drug Czar Warns 12/17/04

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Meth may get all the publicity in the Midwest, but marijuana is a dangerous and escalating threat, Iowa's top drug-fighter warned December 10. In comments made for Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" program, which aired Sunday, Marvin Van Haaften, director of the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy, was hitting a favorite theme of latter-day pot foes: It's not your father's marijuana.

"Our people in addiction treatment for marijuana is going up," Van Haaften warned. "It is to the point now where I think we have to take a real serious look at marijuana again for its addictive qualities," Van Haaften said. The corn state drug czar added that investigators are regularly seizing weed containing 24% THC and some plants being developed could contain as much as 37% THC.

Either Iowa farmers are applying their agricultural know-how to weed like there's no tomorrow or Van Haaften is talking through his hat. According to the DEA, the average potency of kind bud -- high grade marijuana -- seized in the US was around 12% in 2002, the most recent year for which it has figures.

Parents who grew up in the days of hippiedom smoking commercial Mexican weed may not understand the threat posed by today's kind bud, Van Haaften said, though not in those precise terms. "When I was in the Army in 1963 in Fort Reilly, Kansas, it was at best 2% pure," Van Haaften said. That's what he gets for buying Kansas ditch weed.

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Issue #367 -- 12/17/04

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