Tuesday Map: The drug czar’s epic fail

Ronald Reagan was almost right. The actual scariest words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I know where you can score some weed.” The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy was trying to prove a point on its blog about the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in California by noting ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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Ronald Reagan was almost right. The actual scariest words in the English language are, "I'm from the government and I know where you can score some weed."

The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy was trying to prove a point on its blog about the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in California by noting that there are now more of them than there are Starbucks locations in downtown San Francisco. To bolster their point, the agency's bloggers included this handy Google Maps mashup:

As Wired's Threat Level blog noted, the narcs' map also serves as an excellent guide for anyone who might be looking for one of these establishments, or... you know... really in the mood for some Starbucks.

Ronald Reagan was almost right. The actual scariest words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I know where you can score some weed.”

The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy was trying to prove a point on its blog about the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in California by noting that there are now more of them than there are Starbucks locations in downtown San Francisco. To bolster their point, the agency’s bloggers included this handy Google Maps mashup:

As Wired‘s Threat Level blog noted, the narcs’ map also serves as an excellent guide for anyone who might be looking for one of these establishments, or… you know… really in the mood for some Starbucks.

So good work, ONDCP! I hope all those latté-sipping, pot-smoking San Franciscans appreciate your efforts.

Update: Apparently many of those marijuana locations don’t even exist. Starbucks wins again. (Hat tip: Commenter beltwaynative.)

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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