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Confused Congressman Suggests North Korea Could Smuggle Nukes Into The U.S. 'Inside A Bale Of Marijuana'

Someone’s been reading a little too much Greek mythology – and getting some real weird ideas about how our potential North Korean nemeses might put a cannabis-inspired spin on the fabled Trojan Horse manoeuvre.

During a classified briefing about North Korea with Vice President Mike Pence on April 26, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman presented a bizarre theory: could North Korea smuggle nukes into the U.S. inside bales of cannabis?

The answer to that question is, of course: a resounding probably not. Moreover, what would even cause someone (particularly someone representing a western portion of the San Fernando Valley in Southern California) to come up with such head-scratching conjecture?

As The Week’s Kimberly Alters points out, a bale of cannabis is generally considered to weigh just a few dozen pounds. The W54 (one of the smallest nuclear warheads ever used by the U.S.), on the other hand, weighed roughly 50 pounds.

That said, Sherman is – absurdly – not the first U.S. congressman to express such a concern. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) told CNN's Brianna Keilar in In February: "I can suggest to you that there are national security implications here for a porous border. We sometimes used to make the point that if someone wanted to smuggle in a dangerous weapon, even a nuclear weapon, into America, how would they do it? And the suggestion was made: Well, we'll simply hide it in a bale of marijuana."

It’s unclear where these perturbed politicians are getting their information, but it’s probably safe to say they also confiscate all their kids’ Halloween candy out of fear that it's riddled with loaded syringes.

h/t The Week

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