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Cannabis thieves plunder harmless leaves

Posted on October 3, 2000

Ottawa, Ontario — Cannabis thieves have raided a Canadian agricultural college only to find that the crop was industrial hemp.

The site, at Kemptville College of Agricultural Technolgy, Ottawa, was actually a research plot.

Hemp, a relative of the cannabis plant, contains so little THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — that there is no perceptible impact in smoking or consuming it.

Despite the fact that the site was posted with signs that described the plants as hemp, noting the negligible THC content and warning that they have been treated with chemicals, most of the crop was stolen.

College researcher Wendy Asbil told The Ottawa Sun: “There’s not much left there now. You’d think they’d figure out we can’t grow marijuana in a public place.”

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