Skip to comments.Pot 'Plantations' on the Rise
Posted on 09/03/2009 11:21:39 AM PDT by BGHater
Border Crackdown Makes Farming in U.S. Forests Attractive; Cartel Links Suspected
Marijuana growers, many believed to be affiliated with Mexican drug cartels, are aggressively expanding their illegal farming operations in the U.S., clearing land to plant pot in dozens of national forests from coast to coast.
Illicit cannabis farms on public land first sprang up in California more than a decade ago and remain a serious problem in that state. But in the past two years, the U.S. Forest Service has documented a rapid expansion of the practice.
Authorities have discovered pot farms in 61 national forests across 16 states this year, up from 49 forests in 10 states last year. New territories include public land in Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, Alabama and Virginia.
"They're moving across the country," said David Ferrell, director of law enforcement for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which includes the Forest Service.
With the expansion comes an increased risk to campers and hikers -- a particular concern this Labor Day weekend, as families converge on public land just as many cannabis crops are ready for harvest.
The propane tanks, stoves and trash left behind by pot farmers pose fire risks; such a camp is believed to have sparked a fire last month that burned 88,000 acres in California's Los Padres National Forest. And many pot patches are watched over by armed guards or booby-trapped. Some are remote, but others are near popular tourist sites, such as a pot farm discovered late last month in California's Sequoia National Park, a half-mile from a cave famed for its crystal formations.
More than 51,000 marijuana plants were seized in Colorado's Pike National Forest in July.
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Tax MJ to pay for illegals’ healthcare.
These should be American jobs.
I have /had several friends with Pot ‘Plantations’ inside their closets.
whenever i come to that fork in the trail, i must always choose the wrong way, man! duuuuuuuuude! ;)
Legalize it and end this madness
POT could be advertised during the NFL game like beer is
Remember to smoke responsibly
Well, I guess the DEA will just have to sieze the land and auction it off.
Our elected, pensioned and lifetime-benefited Government knows exactly where these farms are, but elect to not do anything about it.
We have thousands of illegal gangs and criminals in our towns and jails, and our Government refuses to protect us.
At what point do we just take matters into our own hands?
When does Pelosi and her ilk (including RINO’s) be sent packing and have someone actually enforce the law?
This is madness, and to say it is is “racist”.
This is old knews here in Nor Cal.
Weed is the largest cash crop in the state. A state by the way that is the largest agricultural force in the country.
The Pols are salivating for the chance to legalize and tax it.
Calif is broke and will take the cash any way they can get it.
Like heck it should. We have enough useless 'duuuude" zombie paranoid schizophrenics waste of a life zero's around as it is.
Absolutely. That's what these "legalize it" pot heads just don't get. If they ever do legalize it, that doesn't mean they will be able to grow their own, and sell it to their pals. It will become regulated like alcohol and tobacco. They will still go to jail for the same felony charges of cultivation for purposes of trafficking, or dealing as they do now.
It will simply become a controlled, and heavily taxed substance. And controlled means you can only smoke the government stuff, with a "safe" limit of THC content.
Forget the hybrid hydro stuff dopers. And forget growing your own and dealing. You'll have to go to the local booze can and buy the government stuff, and if you buy it for the underage kid outside the door, you're busted, and it's off to jail you go.
Why do I give a crap about alcohol?
Pot causes as least as much, if not more more problems. But at least with pot, MacDonalds will always have a good supply of brain dead idiots who’s only job skill is flipping burgers, and making other dopers eat the boogers they put in them.
Keep pot safe, green, and illegal!
>>>> Weed is the largest cash crop in the state. <<<<<
It is the largest cash crop in all 50 states.
Thus the largest cash crop in America.
Alcohol is far worse then pot is. It is not even close
The “gateway” drug with any druggie is generally alcohol, not pot.
All pot does is make people sleepy and cause them to giggle more. Alcohol has far more devastating effects
One day, so called conservatives on FR will understand what a waste of taxpayer money it is to keep pot illegal
Only in potheads dreams.
Pot causes permanent brain damage- developmental retardation in young teens who begin smoking it.
It also causes all the same health problems that smoking cigarettes does, as it contains all the same toxins. Except more of them.
It also cause permanent paranoid schizophrenia. Long term potheads become social recluses and general failures in life.
And lets not forget to mention that few potheads have much of a sex life. Besides the impotency, potheads do not attract many women to themselves because of their shabby, unkept appearances, goofy behavior, nervousness in public, and general laziness and boring lifestyle sitting in their mothers basements listening to 60’s rock.
Are our borders secure ? No? Why?
I was using it basically to medicate. But my life is much better now than it was 10 years ago.
I don't agree with your dire statements about the permanent effects of MJ, tho.
Sounds like we’re not winning the drug war.
Nope and I don’t use alcohol either
Do you use liquid drugs
Like heck it should. We have enough useless ‘duuuude” zombie paranoid schizophrenics waste of a life zero’s around as it is.
So, in light of the fact that anyone wanting marijuana can get it, and that illegals will kill to keep you away from their ‘crop’, you opt for the status quo. Which, in light of statement 1 above, is clearly a miserable and complete failure.
The other laughable part is that you apparently think it’s only the potheads who are useless zombie paranoids. Never met a drunk you didn’t like, I guess.
People that want it now can get it anytime they want—Ask any cop
Why bother the cops with that question. Most any high schooler (public, parochial, or private) can tell you where to get it.
Besides the impotency, potheads do not attract many women to themselves because of their shabby, unkept appearances, goofy behavior, nervousness in public, and general laziness and boring lifestyle sitting in their mothers basements listening to 60s rock.
Such vivid detail. How is your mom? Has she sent down the pizza you ordered yet?
Besides the impotency, potheads do not attract many women to themselves because of their shabby, unkept appearances, goofy behavior, nervousness in public, and general laziness...
You really are out of touch my friend. Just like alcohol casual users come from all backgrounds and professions (except maybe those that drug test regularly). And just like alcohol there are those that end up abusing and this has a detrimental affect on their personal and professional lives.
Roger Hedgecock is doing a good job on this issue...we are at WAR with the Mexican drug cartels for our land!
And it just hit home near the Oregon border....I was up all night...watering....the tidal wave of flames was less than 1/4 mile from my home...NO lightning.....not near any homes where it started...looks like Mexican growers.
This is about more than legalizing pot. We are losing California, and it won’t be the only state if this isn’t stopped. We have been invaded by a terrorist, well funded, well ARMED foreign organized crime!
The cartels are fighting each other for territory!! These camps have 50 plus guards on each farm.
Would anyone pay attention if it was the Taliban growing poppies on our land!????
It’s time to sue DHS under the ESA provision like the enviro freaks sue the government, where we could collect atty. fees because the feds won’t enforce immigration law to stop these foreign operatives from destroying ‘endangered species’ habitat.
You right, I was off.
According to a widely cited 2006 study, it’s the top cash crop in 13 states, and among the top three cash crops in 30 states.
The study also estimated a 2006 crop value of $35.8 billion compared to $23.3 billion for corn and $7.5 billion for wheat.
Its time we sue DHS under the ESA provision (like enviro-freaks sue govt); we collect atty fees because the feds wont enforce immigration law to stop these foreign operatives from destroying endangered species habitat.
REPORT POSSIBLE CRIMES: Conspiracy; collusion; government fraud; theft of public property; money laundering, tax evasion, trespass; failure to enforce immigration law; failure to stop these foreign operatives from destroying endangered species habitat.
FBI TIP PAGE http://tips.fbi.gov/ (you may remain anonymous)
REPORT TAX FRAUD AND TAX LAW VIOLATIONS HERE:
IRS TOLL-FREE 1-800-829-0433----you may remain anonymous.
Ask the IRS to determine if taxes were paid (stolen money is taxable).
IRS TOLL-FREE 1-800-829-0433-you may remain anonymous when reporting tax fraud.
ACTION NOW This might also be prosecuted under "hate crimes laws." Crimes like stealing US identities, cloning cell phones, fraudulently registering/voting, looting the tax assets of Americans.
EXAMPLES OF HATE CRIMES:
1 - Invaders' using illegal ID or documents
2 - Invaders' Federal income tax evasion
3 - Re-entry into USA after deportation
4 - Obtaining/Operating vehicles with illegal ID
5 - ID theft/fraud - Social Security fraud
6 - Knowingly gaining employment fraudulently
7 - Recruiting other illegal aliens workers
8 - Transporting illegal aliens across the border
9 - Harboring &/or housing illegal aliens on American soil
10 - Endangering Americans by undermining US national security
11 - Registering/Voting using fraudulent documentation
12 - Conspiracy to violate federal statutes
13 - Uttering false statements to public officials
14 - Obstructing law enforcement
15 - Sham marriages to avoid deportation
POINTS TO EMPHASIZE: Americans are demanding:
Federal grounds for expulsion from US soil
Federal grounds for denying citizenship
Provisional federal citizenship laws
Severe penalties for committing Hate Crimes Against Americans
Severe penalties for conspiring against, and undermining, the US government.
Denying federal funds to sanctuary-cities.
Abolishing anchor-baby ruling.
STRICT ENFORCEMENT of all EXISTING laws WRT illegals.
ITEM We need to determine whether these illegal invaders are agents of foreign governments, and should seek prosecutions for undermining the US government.
Let's publicize this initiative.
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