Re: That devil weed . . .

Maggie Jaffe (
Mon, 5 Aug 1996 20:26:29 -0400

Dear Sixties People:

Captain Roach (AKA John Baky) and Peter Brush's postings bring to mind
something I read in Seymour Hersh's *My Lai 4.* I've posted this before,
but it's well worth looking at again. Amazingly, in an attempt to demonize
marijuana use, the Criminal Investigation Division (C.I.D.) of the Army
interrogated Charlie Company about the use of the drug before and during
the My Lai Massacre. Hersh reports that:
The C.I.D. interviewed more than seventy-five witnesses by November 26,
Many of them recalled being asked about the use of marijuana in
Charlie Company; that question seemed of special interest to the
investigators. The GIs all acknowledged that many members of the company
smoked or otherwise made use of marijuana, which is
plentiful in South Vietnam, but none believed it was in any way
a significant factor in what happened at My Lai 4. (121)

That devil weed . . .