Foreign News: Deathly Dagga

Lurking among the flowers and vegetables in many a South African garden patch is an innocent-looking weed called dagga. Dried and smoked like marijuana, a close relative, it induces a dreamy recklessness that can spur men to acts of terrible savagery. Nearly one-fourth of the rapes, murders and maulings that occur in the slums of South Africa's great cities are blamed on dagga.

The illicit dagga traffic has been on the rise recently, and local police have long suspected the existence of some great new source of the drug. On patrol of the foothills...

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