It was only Hemp....

United States
September 6, 2009 9:47pm CST
One of the things that I love is when our television news crews come up with some wacky news story that is so silly that you wonder how it could possibly be true. The one I heard tonight is no exception: It seems that Dutch police thought they had made a huge pot bust. They got on the news and announced that they'd found more than 47,000 plants with an extimated street value of more than $6 million dollars! The police captain sent over the street workers who take care of the city's parks and had them mow down the Kemp plants. Halfway through the landscaping assignment, officials learned that the plants were actually part of an officially sanctioned research project from Wageningen University's science department! Students were growing a new strain of hemp, related to the marijuana plant, but with only a trace of the THC drug that gives pot its high! The university says that the project was part of a study to develop a sustainable source of fiber. To me, the story doesn't seem to fly...I wonder if the scientists/students weren't smoking some of the hemp! Anyone else want to comment?
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
7 Sep 09
Dear me! They messed that one up didn’t they? I must agree that it is a tad hard to buy...Uhmmm...And as far as the scientist sampling the research material...Uhmmm...How else would they find out the results?
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• United States
15 Sep 09
Ha ha ha. I didn't think about the professors/student researchers testing the hamp! This gave me a chuckle, and I'm glad you responded to this discussion. I wonder where this field was, and why it wasn't on University property if it were truly a university research project?
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
15 Sep 09
It's all too suspicious...
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@Eisenherz (2911)
• Portugal
7 Sep 09
How's that wacky news considering you apparently live in The Netherlands? :) Should rather be a common thing. Anyway, that "project" smells for me, I agree. I hope the cops take the according measures, let us know..
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• United States
15 Sep 09
No, I live in the United States. What would make you think I live in the Netherlands? Our radio stations do tell foreign news as well as local domestic stories. But you are correct in that this story has a fishy smell to it. Perhaps, the authorities didn't really care for the project and wanted it to be shut down, and this was the only way they could think of to get it done.