Just a few weeks ago, West Virginians passed a law overriding the cruel, barbaric raw milk prohibition that’s plagued the state for years. To mark the occasion, these same dairy-loving lawmakers downed what else but a tall glass of milk—raw and dirty just like god intended. In totally unrelated news, a bunch of West Virginia lawmakers are now suffering from a severe stomach illness.

While some claim that it’s “just a coincidence,” health officials have launched a probe looking into the situation after an anonymous complaint was filed at the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

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Delegate Pat McGeehan is one of those claiming that mere poor timing has given his precious, unpasteurized white gold a bad rap. He also just so happens to be the man you see incapacitated and moaning above. From WSAZ:

“There’s definitely...some other colleagues that have similar symptoms that I’ve been experiencing,” McGeehan said....

“[Cadle] caught me in the hallway, offered a cup to me, and you want to try to be a gentleman,” McGeehan said. “I had a small sip and walked away and tossed the rest of it.”

“I highly doubt raw milk had anything to do with it, in my case,” McGeehan said.

McGeehan also asserted that he “doesn’t think it’s any riskier than eating raw oysters or anything like that.” Someone should tell that to the Food and Drug Administration, which claims that “raw milk can harbor dangerous microorganisms that can pose serious health risks to you and your family. According to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1993 and 2006 more than 1500 people in the United States became sick from drinking raw milk or eating cheese made from raw milk.”

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So what does Cadle, the milk mischief-maker, have to say for himself? As he told the Charleston Gazette-Mail, “I might have been breaking the law. Hell, I don’t know. I gave it away.”

Congratulations to the liberty-loving West Virginians on their remarkable milk-related victory. Good luck with all the vomiting.

[h/t Daily Kos]