And Now: The Marijuana Cannon

First it was the drug catapult, and then the adapted t-shirt cannon.  

Now:  ‘Marijuana cannon’ fires pot across border fence:

The makeshift cannon was made of plastic pipe and powered by compressed air sourced from an old car engine, police in the border city of Mexicali said. The device was able to fire cylinders packed with up to 30 pounds of pot.


According to NBC, an investigation of the area "determined that the cans were fired from about 500 feet away with a pneumatic-powered cannon" and that a "carbon-dioxide tank was found nearby."

Demand brings product to market, yo.

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  1. Rick DeMent says:

    Next up … drone delivery. 🙂

  2. Argon says:

    Reefer chuck’n!

    I can’t wait until it’s shown on Discovery Channel.

  3. Al says:

    Tunnels under the border from TJ to San Diego are better but have the disadvantage of being fixed in place.

  4. John Peabody says:

    Artillery to launch Reefer…Madness!

  5. mattb says:

    @Rick DeMent:
    You might think you’re joking about drug drones…

  6. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Twenty-five years ago that headline would have had me reaching for a Zippo and cranking up Pink Floyd. Sigh.

    The ingenuity of markets truly is astonishing. Whether medical devices, routers and servers or, yes, pot cannons. Makes me proud to be a ruthless capitalist.

  7. Rick DeMent says:


    Not at all I used to wonder why radio controlled airplanes were not employed in the past, not exactly a new technology. Of course the use of pot drones may be with us now we just don’t know about it.

  8. Scott says:

    I didn’t know when I was making potato cannons for the kids that I was learning a new skill set.

  9. Scott says:

    @Rick DeMent: Smart phones, paypal, drones, GPS…. Are little parachutes of stash delivered on demand to your home far behind?

  10. Franklin says:

    @Rick DeMent: High-end RC airplanes could be used for all sorts of stuff (like terrorist attacks), I’m surprised they haven’t been used more.

  11. James in LA says:

    I’ll take three.

  12. bill says:

    we can put them out of business with our own home-grown stuff. save a few bucks on dea patrols down there.

  13. matt bernius says:

    Careful Bill, you’re getting dangerously close to suggesting that the War On Drugs isn’t working.

  14. matt bernius says:

    @Rick DeMent & @Scott:
    We’ll there’s already the “Burrito Bomber” drone:

    What would we name a pot drone? The “Doobie Dropper”?

  15. rudderpedals says:

    @matt bernius: Weed wafter? Blunt blimp?


  16. matt says:

    @Tsar Nicholas

    ewww a zippo.

    Anyone who has ever tried to smoke out of a pipe with a zippo will know what is wrong with your statement.

  17. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Well, the ATF has already proposed new regulations for the restriction of use of Pot Cannons. Predictably the NRA has a bevy of lobbyists working behind the scenes to pressure redstate lawmakers to cut ATF funding, and they have new grassroots ad campaign ready to go.

  18. jway says:

    Yet another unforeseen consequence of the failed marijuana prohibition. We need to END this stupid stuff and legalize marijuana like beer and wine!