Did we miss the memo about April Fool's Month?
From a headline in yesterday's Business Insider, "Congressman says North Korea could smuggle a nuke into the US in a bale of marijuana", one might think there was a late-night session in the hallowed halls of Congress.
To their credit, Business Insider kept tongue-firmly-in-cheek while reporting this story.
See their caption below:
Turns out, Congressman Sherman - a Democrat from the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles - is NOT THE ONLY PERSON IN CONGRESS TRYING TO PASS OFF THIS STEAMING PILE AS GOLD. Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks has been making this bizarre claim since 2012 (the Iranians were doing the smuggling in his theory. See also: "GOP Rep.: Bales Of Marijuana Concealing Nukes Can Cross Border")
Dear readers, this wacky nuclear weapon/drug smuggling claim pegs the Bullshit Meter at 11, but it's important to recognize it as a just another example of Cannabis Canard #6, which states: "Cannabis puts the whole community in danger." What better way to sew fear in the community than to link cannabis to smuggled nukes?
And while you're pondering how deeply cannabis canards are embedded in the culture of government, use the link provided by Congressman Sherman on his website: