Here’s a question for “progressives” in California: Which is more important to you, 1) protecting the northern spotted owl from extinction, or 2) recreationally puffing on a giant doobie?

That’s a tough one, dudes. When the northern spotted owl was threatened by the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest, it was an easy choice for industry-hating liberal environmentalists to go with the owls (and, of course, the trees), so the logging industry in that region was pretty much shut down. The northern spotted owls are still with us, but now they face an additional threat related to the many thousands of pot farms, mostly non-permitted, dotting the California agricultural landscape.

As it happens, rats love to eat marijuana plants. Perhaps this is because they enjoy the high, but I must admit I haven’t researched that. Anyway, pot is apparently like catnip to them, and they’ve chewed through acres of cultivated cannabis in what used to be timberland in Humboldt, Mendocino and Del Norte counties. (One might even speculate that rats get the munchies, causing them to devour even more marijuana and exacerbating the problem!) According to a study by the University of California Davis, these really stoned hippie rats also eat rat poison that has been put out for them by the marijuana growers, who, surprisingly, are not that much into organic farming. With all the marijuana these growers presumably smoke, they’re still not mellow enough to let rats eat up their profits, so the rats must go.

And when northern spotted owls eat rats that have eaten poison, they ingest the poison. Murder most fowl.

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The study determined that the same thing is happening to barred owls, which, paradoxically, were deliberately killed by the thousands during 2014-2018 by order of the Fish & Wildlife Service because they were thought to be competing too much with northern spotted owls. This slaughter was referred to as an “experiment.” Gosh, if only biologists could come up with a rat poison that killed barred owls and spared northern spotted owls, they could “balance” nature just as they’d like. (Hey, they think they can control the climate; why not this?) But until they can, marijuana growers will continue indiscriminately killing off birds of prey, which, ironically, are one of nature’s best forms of rodent control.

So, back to the original question: Which is more important to you pot-toking “progressives” –- the northern spotted owl or the Rocky Mountain high? Your ideology can be confounding, but at least a little weed takes the edge off for you.



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Comments 1-5 of 24

  • Linda Stamper

    01/24/2018 06:44 PM

    I love your stories/reports/posts so much I find myself laughing of course but also wishing I could force all of my politically correct, fanatic, leftist friends, family and acquaintances to read them. You are a treasure! Also your gutsy, brilliant daughter is so much to be admired and celebrated. Never an awkward or embarrassing moment, never one second of “deer in the headlights” syndrome. Wow, you Huckabees!

  • Deborah Myers

    01/24/2018 11:29 AM

    California is being run by really stupid people. I have to believe they must have been smoking marijuana for years, they can't be naturally that stupid. I am so disgusted by what they are doing to our beautiful State. My husband and I were born and raised here as well as our daughter, who has a 14 year old son who was born here. We are so upset by what is happening in California that for the first time ever we are considering moving to another state. Smoking tobacco was bad but marijuana is good, give me a break. Thanks for listening. I am so impressed with your beautiful daughter, she is so intelligent and strong. You must be very proud.

  • Stephen Russell

    01/18/2018 08:44 PM

    Save Pot Farms for Medical use alone, $$$$$. Expand for Medical usage.

  • Connie L.Scheible

    01/18/2018 01:41 PM

    Thank you not only for your comments but for standing true to The Word. Also, thank you for having a daughter like Sarah!! Love that child to pieces.

  • Sherm Ris

    01/17/2018 11:23 AM

    Liberals will opt for the pot. Owl deaths can be blamed on climate change, (aka "gorebal warming", named after it's inventor), homophobics, greedy oil companies, conservative policies and ideals. Liberals have never had a problem blaming everyone who doesn't agree with them for their failures. All they have to do is hush up the researchers claiming 7 out of 10 Northern Spotted Owls contain rat poison and put the blame where it belongs; Donald Trump.
    Proposition 64 supporters can easily see that conservatives are the rats wishing to gnaw away at their right to happiness as well in addition to the demise of their owl population.