Taking The Puff Out Of The Puff Piece 30/6/06

Friday, June 30, 2006, 12:58 PM

It's time again for another installment of Puff, where we take a notable piece of non-journalism and give it the treatment it deserves.


From The Sun via UPI, 26/6/06:

Anti-drug groups are up in arms over a marijuana-laced iced tea marketed in Britain as a healthy drink even though mind-altering chemicals have been removed.

The drink is legal because the THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, has been taken out.

The containers to be used in Britain say that the beverage imparts "a fantastic natural feeling," The Sun reported. The containers also have a picture of marijuana leaves and advertise that the drink contains hemp blossom syrup and an extract of hemp bloom.

Australian anti-drug groups have also been in contact with British authorities, stating "No-one wants another Rove on their hands."


From The ABC, 30/6/06:

An investigation has begun into the theft of 15,000 litres of petrol from a service station at Croydon in Sydney's inner-west.

The owner of the Elizabeth Street service station had no idea he had been robbed until yesterday morning when a customer complained that a pump was not working.

When he checked the underground tank, its padlock and latch were missing.

Police believe the criminals will be easily recognisable as they will be the only people able to afford to drive.


From The Age, 30/6/06:

Cardiff mother Kelly Watton, 17, was shocked to find she had fed her 18-month-old son a chocolate bar that was 23 years out of date - and four years older than she was.

She had also given her mother one, but her mother alerted her to the fact that it was dated February 1983. Toddler Jayden was unharmed.

Meanwhile, the search for the missing two years of Ms Watton's life continues.
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