A Cure Worse than the Disease?

Paraquat spraying in Georgia puts the DEA under fire

It started out as partly a drug raid, partly a well-orchestrated publicity campaign. As a helicopter swooped over the horizon of Georgia's Chattahoochee National Forest, technicians on board directed the aerial spraying of selected plots of illicit greenery. Camera crews dutifully recorded the 20-min. operation. It was, said the Drug Enforcement Administration proudly, the first-ever aerial use of the potent weed killer paraquat on domestic marijuana fields. A White House spokesman hinted that similar airborne anti-pot hits might be staged this year in as many as 39 other states.

But by week's end the...

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