In an attempt to stem the growing trend for young Tatipotans to make use of hallucinogenic biscuits, authorities in Tatipota have voted to liberalise them altogether.
“It’s no use trying to implement the law than bans drugs,” explains Justice Minister Justin Tatipero, “because traditionally nobody cares about laws, here in Tatipota. So we decided to concentrate on collecting taxes instead.”
As from tomorrow, people will stop being sentenced to hard labour at the local hula-hoop factory for possessing or selling biscuits that contain cacapita resinosa, the active ingredient from the foul-smelling cacapito weed, which mostly grows in the Cacachichi jungle.
The distinctive teddy-bear shaped biscuits were first introduced during the late sixties by a Nigerian hippie, sitar-player Petal Pennywort Adedeji. Apparently, their production was quite accidental, since the woman, who was taking five during performances in a rural town, had dipped a biscuit into a bowl of the native hallucinogenic soup known as cachapino, mistaking it for cappuccino.
She was soon found wandering, her arms extended, speaking Italian, and trying to take off from an abandoned landing strip.
Teenagers also noticed that sloths started swinging from live electric lines rather than hanging from tree branches, and eventually tracked their odd behaviour down to the fact that Miss Adedeji was feeding them her biscuits.
The sloths’ serendipitous addiction was eventually picked up by the population at large and it spawned rave parties that became so popular as to attract the attention of the local coca-farmers. Irate at the competition from the biscuits, Tatipota’s notorious “Black Bradypus” coca cartel invoked the country’s anti-drug legislation, calling on the police to crack down on cacapito weed production.
However, the biscuits simply started being sold and traded underground. Tatipotan authorities were never able to bring its use under check, until the Non-binary Humanfolk’s Congress, during one of its end-of-the-year rave parties, unanimously voted to lift the ban.
As a result, the number of teenagers now being committed to prison has dropped greatly.
“We care for our youth,” says Minister for Social Affairs, Angelito Brutos-Tatipero, “and we don’t want to send them to prison.”
The World Unity Organisation’s Secretary General has praised Tatipota’s initiative in fighting substance abuse among young people.
“We need creative approaches to global challenges,” she said.