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August 31, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(9):706-707. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710090046021

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An Attempt to Smuggle Cannabis in Walnut Shells  A fraudulent attempt to smuggle cannabis into Egypt was recently discovered on a boat preparing to leave Constantinople for Alexandria. Thirty loads of walnuts were being deposited in the storeroom of the boat when it occurred to some of the seamen, while eating lunch there, to help themselves to the walnuts. On opening a few of them they found that they contained a powder instead of nutmeat. Continuing their search further the seamen were much disappointed to find again only powder. They then brought the matter to the notice of the officer, who conducted an investigation with the result that it was discovered that the whole load of walnuts seemed to contain cannabis, whereupon the captain notified the customs officials and the walnuts were confiscated. Further investigation revealed that a certain merchant intended to import the walnuts into Egypt.The nuts had

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