Still considering a bill that would legalize medical marijuana throughout the state, Utah's government has found significant resistance to the measure for at least two years.
According to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration, wildlife could "cultivate a taste" for the herb if it's made legal.
"I deal in facts. I deal in science," said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who's been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the "marijuana eradication" team in Utah.
He believes that growing marijuana legally could pose massive environment concerns, though the suggestions are, oddly, out of left field.
"Personally, I have seen entire mountainsides subjected to pesticides, harmful chemicals, deforestation and erosion," he said. "The ramifications to the flora, the animal life, the contaminated water, are still unknown."
At one grow site, says Fairbanks, he saw "rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana. ..." He continued: "One of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone."
The question, is whether or not this is actually an issue. If rabbits become too comfortable with humans, will there be some sort of lash-back? Will they even get as stoned as Fairbanks warns?
Only time, and medical weed farms, will tell.