Lawmakers in West Virginia, enthused about their state’s overturning of a ban on raw milk, celebrated by taking a few sips and then promptly fell ill.
“I’m not feeling that great,” representative Pat McGeehan told local news station WSAZ. “I think it’s probably just some sort of bad stomach virus.” But McGeenhan admits that it’s not just him who’s sick: “There’s definitely some other colleagues that have similar symptoms that I’ve been experiencing.”
McGeehan claims he sipped just a small amount of the milk and calls the timing of his illness “coincidental.”
Still, the milk is a likely culprit: raw milk doesn’t go through the same process of pasteurization that kills potentially harmful bacteria. That bacteria is strong enough to kill people: in 1911, 48 people died and roughly 2,0000 people got severely sick in Boston after drinking raw milk.
McGeehan maintains that raw milk should be legal because the government has no jurisdiction in your fridge.
“There definitely shouldn’t be a law against allowing people to do what they want within the framework of the rule of law,” McGeehan said. “Just be careful.”
The entire scenario sounds like a sketch stolen from Parks and Recreation, right down to the way McGeehan is still in denial about what made him sick. Someone get this guy an Emmy!
Also: letting people become violently ill or die drinking raw milk, which isn’t any healthier than pasteurized milk, makes no sense.