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Mississippi, home to federal government's official stash of marijuana
Mississippi, home to federal government's official stash of marijuana

Walk along the narrow, brightly lit beige hallway, along the washed-out linoleum floor, around the corner to the imposing steel vault. As a scientist swings open the door, a familiar, overpowering scent wafts out. Inside, marijuana buds are packed into thousands of baggies filed in bankers boxes. Fifty-pound barrels are brimming with dried, ready-to-smoke weed. Freezers are stocked with buckets of potent cannabis extracts. Large metal canisters sit, crammed full of hundreds of perfectly rolled joints. The vault even has boxes of "marijuana trash" — contaminated garbage that a crafty pothead might try to steal for a cheap high. It is one of the nation's most...

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