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First experts speculated that San Francisco-area coyotes might be charging cars because they're getting high on magic mushrooms. Now an agent for the US Drug Enforcement Administration has claimed bunnies are getting high on all the marijuana being grown in America.
But now discerning journalists are wondering, what was he smoking?
When Utah considered legalising marijuana in 2015, a DEA agent testified that he had seen rabbits so goofed on weed that they had lost their survival instinct.
DEA special agent Matt Fairbanks testified before the Utah Senate about the ravages of wide-scale pot plantations with pesticides and other harmful chemicals, deforestation and erosion.
"The deforestation has left marijuana grows with even rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana," Fairbanks warned. One was so hooked on the stuff that it "refused to leave us" in the middle of eradicating a field. "We took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone."
Fairbanks said he had come to "to represent the actual science" of marijuana grows. One problem? There wasn't any science behind his Peter Cottontail tale.
MuckRock filed a Freedom of Information Act request for access to all documents concerning marijuana and rabbits. Turns out there were none. Nor were there any marijuana field eradication operations in Utah in 2014, which is when Fairbanks said he encountered the stoned bunny.
MuckRock points out that Fairbanks is part of the Cannabis Eradication Task Force, which receives funds for cannabis removal efforts in states across the country. The reporter calls his stoned rabbit theory ... half-baked.