EntireTown Gets High as Police Burn 3.3 tons of Marijuana
Citizens of West Jakarta, Indonesia participated in the largest known contact high event on record as police burned a 3.3 ton pile of weed right outside the village. Along with ecstasy and crystal meth, this pile of confiscated marijuana was about the size of an adult elephant and was publically lit ablaze to demonstrate a “major victory” in the war on drugs. Soon, on site journalists and locals began reporting dizziness and intoxication. A large wind scooped up this psychoactive cloud and wafted it lovingly into the windows of local residents. Entire Town Gets High as Police Burn 3.3 Tons of Marijuana
It’s not like it’s not a well known fact that combustion is an effective way to release the psychoactive molecules in marijuana into the air, making them available to all who inhale said air.
Various on-site reporters demanded a glass of tea and somewhere to sit down and relax as the high got stronger.
Indonesia has very strict drug laws, one can even get the death penalty for drug related offences. It is likely that this event was not found to be amusing by local authorities and that marijuana disposal methods will be reviewed in the very near future.
From across the ocean, police led weed bonfires may seem comical, but from up close, it is an entirely different story.
Take for example the 23 metric tons of marijuana that were burned by police in Lazarat, Albania. Marijuana growth and sale, although illegal, were a primary source of income for many residents of Lazarat. About 50% of all weed grown in Albania is grown in Lazarat. A new socialist government which had taken power the summer before, likely orchestrated the raid to impress the EU, with whom they were vying for recognition.
Albania, one of the poorest countries in Europe, has an unemployment rate of nearly eighteen percent. While some Lazarat locals told reporters that they were happy to rid their town of drugs, they were at a loss now of how to put food on their tables.
“How will the people make a living?” wondered the village chief, Aliko. “You tell me. This is the question everyone in Lazarat is asking himself.”
Lazarat had been like most tin-roofed albanian village towns, wrought with poverty. The marijuana industry had turned Lazarat in to a lush green village with villas and luxury vehicles.
An unnamed man with an amused look on his face told reporters “We’re all Albanians, brothers. The state was always going to show up one day, and it did. It went on long enough, but everything must come to an end.”
One wonders if legalizing marijuana in Albania might be one step in solving their unemployment problem… Or if the marijuana might better have been distributed amongst those who suffer from chronic pain. The world does seem to be turning in that direction. But for now, the communal contact high of residents of West Jakarta feels like a small victory for all of us.