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Trapped Chilean Miners Smoked Pot to Deal with Stress

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By "Radical" Russ Belville Remember the saga of those 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days last year?  It turns out that as food, water, and supplies were being sent down a tube to the miners, a doob or two made it down as well.  Author Jonathan Franklin tells the tale of Samuel Avalos, one of the miners who noticed some of the others behaving strangely:

(Daily Mirror) “They were peeling away from the group, wandering towards the bathroom, to smoke a joint,” he said. “They never even offered me a toke. When you saw five headed up to the bathroom, you knew what they were doing.”

Mr Avalos said he was desperate to have a smoke himself to relieve the stress of being underground so long. “We went over to the area where the guys used bulldozers, we knew they smoked marijuana,” he said.

In 33 Men, Franklin writes: “Having small amounts of drugs circulating in the community created more tension than it relieved, instigated jealousies and threatened to alter basic tenets of the communal living conditions.

So it sounds to me like the problem was not enough amounts of cannabis to go around.  I think if you’re trapped 2,300 feet underground with 32 other dudes any longer than three days, drug laws don’t apply to you anymore.  These guys should have been receiving regular shipments of an ounce of kush per day.

I’m only halfway facetious here; doctors evaluated whether or not they would send inflatable sex dolls down to the miners and the only thing that stopped them was not having enough of them:

The book also reveals that a request for blow-up dolls was refused because they could not get hold of 33 of them and did not want the men to share.

The doctor who assessed the men’s health needs from the surface, Jean Romagnoli, explained: “A guy offered them inflatable dolls but he only had 10. I said ‘33 or none’. Otherwise they would be fighting over them.”

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