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Marijuana eradication efforts net 100,000 plants
GateHouse News Service/MtShastaNews ^ | Sept. 17, 2008 | David Smith

Posted on 09/20/2008 9:59:32 AM PDT by AuntB

Yreka, Calif. - Siskiyou County Sheriff Rick Riggins said that approximately 100,000 marijuana plants were discovered at various garden locations in western Siskiyou County last week.

Involved in the discoveries were the Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Eradication Team, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputies, Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies, the United States Forest Service, the Department of Fish and Game, and the California Highway Patrol Air Division.

Riggins noted that a representative from the Fish and Game Department came along to assess the damage to the environment caused by marijuana operations. Riggins said that on Friday, the agencies involved discovered a garden in the Coon Creek area near Happy Camp which housed 73,272 plants and, as the team was leaving the area, they found four other sites, including a garden containing 24,738 marijuana plants.

The discovery of the other gardens, according to Riggins, was a reminder of how tough it is to find them. He said the area had been searched from the air a month ago, and the garden was not detected.

Riggins stated that this time of year is the harvesting point for marijuana, which is generally planted soon after the final frost. He added that harvest time is also one of the most dangerous times of the year because of the close temporal proximity to the actual sale of the finished product.

The value of the seized plants on the market would have been about $49 million, according to Riggins, who explained that each plant is assumed to yield about one pound of finished product, drawing a street value of about $5,000.

Riggins said that the agencies have been working hard to clean up marijuana gardens in the county. “Our guys have been working hard,” he said, “and Jackson County has been really helpful.”

So far this year, Siskiyou County law enforcement has confiscated over 200,000 marijuana plants. Statewide, Riggins said that different agencies have confiscated many more plants this year than last year.

According to Riggins, the importance of stopping these operations is that they generally fuel the production and dissemination of other drugs, including methamphetamine. Riggins stressed the importance of hunter awareness of the dangers surrounding marijuana operations, advising any hunters going out for the buck season starting next week to call the Sheriff’s Office if they find anything suspicious in the forest. This may include plants, suspicious persons or PVC pipes that are used to draw water to the gardens


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: aliens; gangs; illegalaliens; immigrantlist; immigration; leo; mexicanmafia; mrleroymourns; ms13; potfarms; prohibition; warondrugs; wod
The farms in this area are all run by Mexican Drug Cartels. Year after year it's the same story, only they get bigger and more armed. I see homeland security is still NOT helping!

See photos of these operations here: http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/search?q=invasion+800+miles

I get a daily report from a group of retired border agents. This story was one and here are some others for today.

Mexican cop pays the price for honest work -a great read on border law enforcement today-this 40 mi from San Diego http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080917/NEWS02/709179666 (this is a great read about a heroic Mexican police officer.

Border Patrol finds 2 tons of pot in two stolen vehicles-AZ

http://tiny.pl/84f2

Mexican Police Caught In Drug Wars' Crossfire -seeing a marked increase in border violence-grenades

http://tiny.pl/84fs

Cocaine smugglers turn to submarines -Each boat carried 7 tons of cocaine worth $196 million

http://tiny.pl/84fm

1 posted on 09/20/2008 9:59:34 AM PDT by AuntB
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To: AuntB

“We just smiled and waved....sittin’ on that sack of seeds....Y’all come back now y’hear?”


2 posted on 09/20/2008 10:00:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AuntB

I feel safer now.


3 posted on 09/20/2008 10:01:39 AM PDT by Lexington Green (Don't Be A Racist - Vote For Obama Because He's Black)
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To: dfwgator
According to Riggins, the importance of stopping these operations is that they generally fuel the production and dissemination of other drugs, including methamphetamine

They never miss a chance to link weed with the hard stuff. Half the police force probably does it.

Getting ready for the game I see...

4 posted on 09/20/2008 10:03:59 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: AuntB

“Founding Fathers”

The first American law concerning marijuana was written at Jamestown in 1619, mandating the growth of Indian hemp. By 1730 most of the colonies had similar laws.
Our founding fathers farmed hemp for its oils, fiber, its many medicinal uses and its pleasures as recorded in George Washington’s diary, August 7, 1765: “— began to separate the male from the female hemp at Do — rather too late.” This is a practice related to drug potency and not fiber culture!

Thomas Jefferson, when an ambassador to France, smuggled the finest hemp seeds from Asia (hemp’s origin) to cultivate here in Virginia! He also wrote about the advantages of hemp over tobacco, in use, labor and for the sake of the land.

Today the constitutional rights these men inscribed are trampled upon in the war against citizens engaged in this very activity! In 1937 our government criminalized the entire hemp industry!

http://www.glenwoodsmith.com/hemphistorian/letter4.html


5 posted on 09/20/2008 10:05:37 AM PDT by stockpirate (Bitter white trash clinging to God and guns. Sarah Palin - the trilla from Willsila)
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To: AuntB

I volunteer to dispose of such plants... there is a method called slow burn. the entire plant loses it’s buds, then the stem are used for mulch.


6 posted on 09/20/2008 10:09:14 AM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: subterfuge
They never miss a chance to link weed with the hard stuff. Half the police force probably does it.

Ever wonder why half the cops have shved heads,,,,, hair drug test,,,,

7 posted on 09/20/2008 10:09:48 AM PDT by piroque
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To: piroque

shved = shaved


8 posted on 09/20/2008 10:10:39 AM PDT by piroque
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To: stockpirate

“Founding Fathers”

The first American law concerning marijuana was written at Jamestown in 1619, mandating the growth of Indian hemp. By 1730 most of the colonies had similar laws.
Our founding fathers farmed hemp for its oils, fiber, its many medicinal uses and its pleasures as recorded in George Washington’s diary, August 7, 1765: “— began to separate the male from the female hemp at Do — rather too late.” This is a practice related to drug potency and not fiber culture!

Thomas Jefferson, when an ambassador to France, smuggled the finest hemp seeds from Asia (hemp’s origin) to cultivate here in Virginia! He also wrote about the advantages of hemp over tobacco, in use, labor and for the sake of the land.

Today the constitutional rights these men inscribed are trampled upon in the war against citizens engaged in this very activity! In 1937 our government criminalized the entire hemp industry!

http://www.glenwoodsmith.com/hemphistorian/letter4.html";

You are correct, stockpirate. Hemp could go a long way to solving some of our energy problems. But we outlaw HEMP and allow well armed illegal alien foreign nationals to come in and plant drugs all over our national forests and parks.

Makes NO sense.


9 posted on 09/20/2008 10:11:46 AM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: AuntB
“The discovery of the other gardens...”
More likely a tip from competitors.
10 posted on 09/20/2008 10:14:12 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: piroque

Never thought of that.


11 posted on 09/20/2008 10:14:18 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: AuntB
The value of the seized plants on the market would have been about $49 million, according to Riggins, who explained that each plant is assumed to yield about one pound of finished product, drawing a street value of about $5,000.

Bulldung

12 posted on 09/20/2008 10:15:33 AM PDT by varyouga (Palin is the GOVERNOR. Scream this far and wide and expose the MSM)
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To: subterfuge

You make me laugh. Just because you treat weed as I treat alcohol is no indication that the younger, less settled, less income secure people also do so. People will abuse anything and everything given the right situation. Thank the guy upstairs that you haven’t been tempted to try meth or one of the other truly great drugs.


13 posted on 09/20/2008 10:16:37 AM PDT by B4Ranch (I'd rather have a VP that can gut a Moose, than a President that want's to gut our Second Amendment!)
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To: AuntB

Great use of time and resources.


14 posted on 09/20/2008 10:16:39 AM PDT by MeanMachine
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To: piroque

BS A nostril or ear hair is sufficient to do the test.


15 posted on 09/20/2008 10:18:32 AM PDT by B4Ranch (I'd rather have a VP that can gut a Moose, than a President that want's to gut our Second Amendment!)
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To: AuntB

Valued at five grand per plant? Give me a break.


16 posted on 09/20/2008 10:21:06 AM PDT by dainbramaged (the Tree of Liberty needs watering)
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To: subterfuge

Do you thinks the scumbags growing pot plant are a bunch of flower children? It’s about the money. And the vermin are screwing up our national forests. Do you think it’s about the high?


17 posted on 09/20/2008 10:21:28 AM PDT by mefistofelerevised
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To: count-your-change

No, Mexican drug cartels don’t tip the authorities to other grows. This is organized crime.


18 posted on 09/20/2008 10:22:30 AM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: dainbramaged

You should see these plants...12 to 15 feet tall.


19 posted on 09/20/2008 10:23:10 AM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: MeanMachine

>Great use of time and resources.<

A neighbor of mine who was killed by a young lady who ran a red light while she was stoned on pot would think so too. Not speeding or anything, in her own lane, she just didn’t see the red light which had changed some 25 seconds earlier.

The traffic crossing the intersection in front of her didn’t register either. Thank God she had the accident on the way to getting her kid from school and not on the return trip where the kid could have been killed too.

I am certain this will have no effect on your view of pot or using it an hour before you need to drive.


20 posted on 09/20/2008 10:25:57 AM PDT by B4Ranch (I'd rather have a VP that can gut a Moose, than a President that want's to gut our Second Amendment!)
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To: MeanMachine

“Great use of time and resources.”

I will assume you meant that sarcastically. It is a waste of time for our local sheriffs. It’s about all they do lately.
These cartels are MS-13, awol Mexican Military....they are impossible to ignore!

The resource should be spent securing the border and this wouldn’t happen. Some of the growers have been found with legitimate USA issued green cards for ‘agriculture’. Stop them before they get here!


21 posted on 09/20/2008 10:26:23 AM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: AuntB

Y’all are missing the Bigger Picture point here.

With one simple action, we can:
1) Create a sizable government revenue stream
2) Reduce taxpayer cost through redirection of law enforcement and correction facility reduction
3) Choke off a huge revenue stream for organized crime

The answer - Legalize It.


22 posted on 09/20/2008 10:28:38 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: B4Ranch

I haven’t smoked since college, it’s not for me, but your logic leads to only one conclusion: That people are so irresponsible that government must protect them from all inebriation. I don’t need to quote statistics to tell you how thousands of people are killed every year by drunk drivers, is it time for Prohibition to come back? Very sorry about your neighbor though. People do terrible things, and when they do, they should be punished with the full weight of the law.

What is the greater social ill: people smoking marijuana, or Mexican cartels making billions of dollars off it because of its illicit nature? If we legalized and regulated marijuana and possibly cocaine, we would remove the need for these people.


23 posted on 09/20/2008 10:33:41 AM PDT by MeanMachine
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To: AuntB

OK now they can go after the other 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 plants
What a waste of time and money...


24 posted on 09/20/2008 10:45:40 AM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: MeanMachine

I think we should have bi annual weekends or perhaps weeks where all emergency vehicles will go in for maintenance. On those weekends there would be zero enforcement of any and all drug laws. If you can find and it want to smoke, choke, snort, or inject yourself with it go ahead.

911 would respond only to calls where smoke or flames is exiting the building. If it was suspected that somebodies drug lab exploded, the call would be cancelled.

If you happened to have a heart attack or a fatal stroke that weekend, the coroner would fill in “Died of natural causes”. Heart attacks and fatal strokes are natural causes of death amongst drug users.

I think we could do quite a bit to clean out the gene pool of irresponsible parasites by authorizing such a program. I wonder if the second weekend would be as exciting as the first?


25 posted on 09/20/2008 10:47:55 AM PDT by B4Ranch (I'd rather have a VP that can gut a Moose, than a President that want's to gut our Second Amendment!)
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To: AuntB

LEGALIZE it! Regulate it! Tax it!


26 posted on 09/20/2008 10:48:03 AM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: MeanMachine
Why only legalize and regulate marijuana and possibly cocaine? Why not all of them. Beer, wine AND hard liqueur is taxed, why do you want to let the hard drug users off the hook?
27 posted on 09/20/2008 10:50:20 AM PDT by B4Ranch (I'd rather have a VP that can gut a Moose, than a President that want's to gut our Second Amendment!)
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To: BreezyDog
Years ago when driving my motorcycle through Iowa I kept smelling pot. I pulled off the side of the road and all over in the ditches there were wild pot plants.

They might as well try to stop growing crab grass IMO.

28 posted on 09/20/2008 10:51:04 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Heller: The defining moment of our Republic)
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To: mefistofelerevised; B4Ranch

Damn. You guys need to back off on your caffeine intake.


29 posted on 09/20/2008 10:53:16 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: dainbramaged
Valued at five grand per plant? Give me a break.

I think they start with the street value of an ounce, then pull up the plant by the roots, weigh it and multiply. Dried, green, buds, stems, stalk, leaves, roots, and maybe some of the dirt hanging off of them - its all "pot".

30 posted on 09/20/2008 10:55:02 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: AuntB
Marijuana eradication efforts net 100,000 plants

And it'll do about as much good as a gun buyback.

31 posted on 09/20/2008 10:56:26 AM PDT by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: B4Ranch

Draw the line at pot. It is safer than alcohol. The other drugs really are bad.


32 posted on 09/20/2008 10:58:38 AM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: piroque

oh my god, really? stop it. i let a lot of ridiculous stuff go around cop threads, but yours takes the proverbial cake. thanks for the laugh.


33 posted on 09/20/2008 11:03:39 AM PDT by thefactor (contributing nothing of value to threads since 2001...)
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To: piroque

Cops and lawyers always have the best weed. I know where cops get it from but not sure where lawyers do. Lawyers can afford the best and probably also barter some.


34 posted on 09/20/2008 11:09:18 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Donate to FR anytime at https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: BreezyDog

“OK now they can go after the other 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 plants
What a waste of time and money...”

And what do you suggest? Let the Mexican Drug Cartels take over the entire country?


35 posted on 09/20/2008 11:14:52 AM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: BreezyDog

“LEGALIZE it! Regulate it! Tax it!”

That’s probably the most logical answer.


36 posted on 09/20/2008 11:16:42 AM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: BreezyDog

I want to clean out the gene pool. Legalize all of it including industrial chemicals, twice a year for two days ata a time. Think of how many parasites we could get off the social programs in two days. It would be fantastic.

I’d probably agree to keep the borders open a while longer so we could work on Mexico’s gene pool too. Anyone too stupid to make a living in Mexico, send them up here to replace our dead drug users.


37 posted on 09/20/2008 11:18:10 AM PDT by B4Ranch (I'd rather have a VP that can gut a Moose, than a President that want's to gut our Second Amendment!)
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To: AuntB
I am glad that the federal government is doing this. There is nothing more disgusting, nothing more shameful, nothing more immoral than smoking pot. You have to be a total loser with nothing going for you in your life to have ever tried it.

Look at guys like Bill Gates who tried pot- he's the very definition of unsuccessful-probably sits at home in his living room all day smoking it.

Oh wait, no he doesn't. And neither do I. I manage to sock away large amounts of money EACH year into investments despite using marijuana once or twice a month. I must be pure evil and a liar according to these people, because God knows all marijuana users are unsuccessful bums.

/s

38 posted on 09/20/2008 11:55:01 AM PDT by LiberalsSpendYourMoney (Barry, you're more racist than 99% of Americans. And you're ugly.)
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To: MeanMachine
I wonder what would happen if legalization efforts for all drugs ever made headway. Would the gangbangers and welfare-collecting thugs who peddle it attempt to assassinate the people behind the effort? Think about it. What else are you going to do as an uneducated piece of garbage on the dole if you're a former drug dealer? What other job can you do that can provide that kind of income (gotta love that huge demand and smaller supply on the black market)?

Not that I would feel bad for them at all-the scumbags deserve it. I would much rather see us return to the days of Bayer marketing heroin and maybe Pfizer could market their own brand of marijuana. I just wonder what would happen. I have a sneaking suspicion that a solid amount of violence would result.

39 posted on 09/20/2008 12:00:11 PM PDT by LiberalsSpendYourMoney (Barry, you're more racist than 99% of Americans. And you're ugly.)
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To: LiberalsSpendYourMoney

PS guys-there’s a reason why people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson talk about wanting “treatment” for drug users instead of outright legalization. A lot of their friends who happen to have the same shade of skin wouldn’t like it very much if they came out for legalization. Almost everyone pushing for legalization is white, because they don’t associate with as many drug dealers.


40 posted on 09/20/2008 12:01:49 PM PDT by LiberalsSpendYourMoney (Barry, you're more racist than 99% of Americans. And you're ugly.)
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To: Eccl 10:2

Spot on!


41 posted on 09/20/2008 1:11:35 PM PDT by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: BreezyDog
Draw the line at pot. It is safer than alcohol. The other drugs really are bad.

The Taliban are making tons of money from growing opium, at artificially inflated prices. I'd like to cut off their money supply, and the most effective way to do it is to collapse their market price.

42 posted on 09/20/2008 1:21:17 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: thefactor

ain’t no joke ,,, been a few local deputies and town cops busted over the years ,,, in this area for their drug use .


43 posted on 09/20/2008 2:09:44 PM PDT by piroque
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To: subterfuge

Damn, you’re right. Alcohol from now on.


44 posted on 09/20/2008 2:31:52 PM PDT by mefistofelerevised
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To: B4Ranch

“meth or one of the other truly great drugs”

Judging from its ravages on our local tweakers, meth is truly one of the most destructive drugs in existence. You can spot those people a block away. Skinny, covered with sores, and hair falling out. If they smile, you may or may not discover teeth.

Hell, we knew back in the 60’s that “Speed Kills” and most people avoided it like the plague. Seems that bit of useful historic knowledge has been lost by the younger generation.

But the assumption that smoking a joint (no, I don’t indulge) leads to harder drugs is a tough one to prove.


45 posted on 09/20/2008 2:51:26 PM PDT by EEDUDE
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To: EEDUDE
What's the saying about if you don't know your history, you're doomed to repeat it? Anyone in this day and age who uses drugs should be available for experimentation by whatever research lab wants them.
46 posted on 09/20/2008 2:57:48 PM PDT by B4Ranch (I'd rather have a VP that can gut a Moose, than a President that want's to gut our Second Amendment!)
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To: piroque
Ever wonder why half the cops have sh(a)ved heads,,,,, hair drug test,,,,

Uhhhh ............. You do know that there are other places on the body to pull hair from don't you?

47 posted on 09/20/2008 3:08:00 PM PDT by fella (.He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough." Pv.28:19')
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To: AuntB

Legalize and regulate it and let tax paying law abiding American citizens make all those billions and billions of dollars instead of the bad guys. Let the Mexican drug cartels kill each other fighting over what’s left of the illegal drug trade.


48 posted on 09/20/2008 8:56:44 PM PDT by TKDietz
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