Skip to comments.Calif. Marijuana Seizures Up 20 Percent
Posted on 08/28/2005 5:59:52 PM PDT by freepatriot32
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Agents have seized more than $2.6 billion worth of marijuana plants this year, already surpassing last year's season total by 20 percent, authorities said.
The state Department of Justice's annual Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, or CAMP, is still a month away from wrapping up operations after the season peak at the end of September.
The raids, many in remote, forested terrain, pit agents against often heavily armed guards protecting their marijuana plots.
About three weeks ago, a grower was shot dead and a state Fish and Game warden was wounded during a raid on a 22,000-plant pot farm in the hills above Los Gatos. It was the fourth death in a marijuana raid shootout with authorities in the past three years and the first time a law enforcement officer has been shot in CAMP's 22-year history.
I feel much safer now that we have the evil weed off the street. I wish the CHP would put 50% of their force on this so that we can do even better.
Reminds me of Glaxo-SmithKline claiming that they were removing their very effective CFC-based asthma inhalers from the market in order to (I'm not kidding) "save the ozone layer."
If we double or triple the dea budget we'll stop this for sure. We've got people shooting at each other on the freeway and we're using cops to catch people in possession of vegetation.
You sure know how to rattle cages...
usually from the inside
It's part of the culture war. Sorry if pot-lovers must suffer for it, but whatever locks away criminals is a good thing.
I agree. and I'm more than willing to pay the taxes it takes to lock these violent criminals up in my state at $27,000 per person per year. Thanx for doing your share as a concerned anti-drug citizen.
Actually having federalism might work better than the WoD if you are really interested in winning the culture war.
Pot is not harmless, but I think it's time to focus more on the harder stuff such as cocaine and heroin. We can divert a lot more funding for the War on Terror towards coke and heroin if they didn't waste so much money on weed.
I am not saying I am pro-weed, I am not saying weed is 100% harmless, but the War on Drugs is still in the 'old school' and needs to realize that there is a very big difference between crack-cocaine and grass.
Most of the violence, thefts, and other serious crimes are associated with hard drugs. Not marijuana.
Not sure I believe this. Sounds like they're just justifying their jobs.
The high cost of jail is attributed to the same culture that embraces the crime. Your issue is with them, not with enforcement policy.
God knows- there is a cheap and final solution for drug crimes, if only you'd stop defending them.
You do understand that it's a sign of mental illness to do what you always done, keep getting the same result, but expect a different result. And you're asking me to pay for your psychosis.
"I agree. and I'm more than willing to pay the taxes it takes to lock these violent criminals up in my state at $27,000 per person per year. Thanx for doing your share as a concerned anti-drug citizen."
If SteveMcKing is serious about fighting the evil marijuana threat, might I suggest some of us get a list of his friends so we can ferret out the evildoers that surround him. Since maryjane is everywhere, I guarantee Steve has friends who need to be busted. I for one would be happy to travel at my own expense to become an anti-marijuana investigator in Steve's neighborhood.
I say start with tax purchased camersa in their car and homes. AQfter 4000 years, it's time to put an end to this behavior.
That's a drug habit...
...and what you're doing. m I'm not hear to defend drugs, but to point out there's other addictions like power and tax money, and the urge stop other people from having pleasrure or escaping.
So, does this mean they're winning the War on Drugs, or losing?
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