Good to have family, but man, it had to come from family letters? Josh Visser writes on CTV Edmonton:
33 Men details the miner’s initial 17 days in excruciating detail — the mold that was growing on their skin in 35 degrees Celsius heat, the 25-calorie spoonfuls of tuna every two days and how close they were to death when the first drill reached them.
But after rescue workers made contact with the miners and were able to send items down the shaft, the miners’ dark thoughts turned to more base desires to help pass the time.
Family members smuggled pot to the miners in their letters, and small groups of the miners would sneak off to smoke it, leaving others out of the loop.
They “never even offered me one,” miner Samuel Avalos is quoted.
The drugs, instead of promoting camaraderie, were divisive to group morale, officials thought, and they considering using drug sniffing dogs to intercept the shipments.