First They Came for the Marijuana…


…and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a pot smoker. Then they came for the spinach, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a salad eater. Who will stop the anti-vegetation persecution?

When the first of the dozen or so federal agents arrived Wednesday about 9:30 a.m. at Growers Express in Salinas, equipped with sidearms and search warrants, some employees initially thought it was some kind of sick joke.

It wasn't.

The FBI and Food and Drug Administration agents spent the next six hours meticulously sifting through paper and computer records looking for evidence of violations of federal law that might have led to an E. coli outbreak in bagged spinach that has now led to two confirmed deaths.

The kicker–"Growers Express doesn't process any fresh bagged spinach, the only product found to have E. coli contamination."

Of course, Popeye fans have long known about the spinach-marijuana connection.