User:JubalHarshaw/New Caprican loco weed
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New Caprican loco weed is a colloquiall term for a mildy psychotropic plant discovered on New Caprica.
During the initial colonization of New Caprica, indigenous fauna and flora were catalogued as quickly as possible for potential uses.
Even as crops were being planted in the alluvial deposits (with some of the produce immediately earmarked for the stills run by Saul "The Rummy" Tigh), the workers clearing the resilient plant growth made a startling discovery. As the large piles of cleared weeds and roughage was lit on fire and began to burn, workers standing downwind began to feel ... funny. Valuable time was lost as an entire shift of workers ransacked supplies for any tasty edibles, stumbling about in a daze and expressing their love repeatedly to anyone nearby (and sometimes, inanimate objects.)
One person in particular was very interested in the properties of this particular plant: ex-President and former teacher Laura Roslin. As everyone knows, teachers really know how to party ("work hard, play hard" being a common motto), and Roslin is no exception. Her exploits while tripping the light fantastic on Chamalla have been well-documented, and almost led the human race to Earth, or to extinction, depending on what propaganda mill you shop at.
Anyway, Roslin immediately obtained seeds and enough raw leaf to last any three heads a lifetime and had it transported, under the cover of midafternoon, to her secret grow site, later referred to by Roslin as "my cabin in the woods by a stream."
Her plans were foiled by the untimely arrival of the Cylons and the subjugation of the remaining humans - President Gaius Baltar being too busy drinking, smoking (likely fumarella leaf or maybe even loco weed), and fornicating his way into a stupor to do any real governing. (Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II)
The Cylon Occupation
The Cylons, naturally, outlawed the weed, and basically anything else that allowed the humans to have any fun or see any relief from their dreary existence. Alcohol, however, remained legal. Several demonstrations were held, requesting the use of loco weed for medical purposes at the very least. The Cylons response was in character: brutality. It is thought that the list of prisoners to be executed contained many weed smokers and legalization activists, as well as the typical politcal prisoners. Tom Zarek was probably a double-threat. (Precipice)
Return to the Fleet
It is unknown whether or not seeds or plant stock of New Caprican loco weed were brought from the planet when the humans returned to the Fleet. It's likely, given her history, that Roslin has them growing as house plants on Colonial One.
New Caprica loco weed is an annual plant, easily distinguishable by it's hand-shaped .... wait, we never really saw the plant itself. For all we know it could be a perrenial. We do know that, according to Admiral Adama, "it's good." (Unfinished Business)