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B.C. Pot Industry Grows Despite Raids
Posted by CN Staff on November 23, 2002 at 07:48:17 PT
By Robert Matas
Source: Globe and Mail 
The lucrative marijuana trade continues to expand in British Columbia, despite almost daily police raids to close down illegal growing operations. U.S. drug chief John Walters appealed to British Columbia authorities earlier this week to curb the province's marijuana trade. He said in Vancouver he had been told that the B.C. crop is worth as much as $6-billion a year and 95 per cent is sent into the United States. Police forces in B.C. have been aggressively pursuing marijuana-growing operations in the past five years.
In the most recent campaign, which they called Operation Greensweep, Vancouver police raided several locations this week.Despite their efforts, police say, British Columbians are producing more marijuana than ever before."It's a growing problem," Constable Tim Shields, a RCMP spokesman in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey, said yesterday in an interview."We're putting a 110-per-cent effort into this," he said.Nevertheless, police estimate Vancouver and its suburbs have as many as 10,000 marijuana-growing operations.Constable Shields said most of the marijuana is not grown for personal use. The businesses are often attract violence and homicides. The RCMP would need many more police officers to put the illegal operations out of business, he said.Constable Shields said police are aware that marijuana is being smuggled from Surrey across the Canada-U.S. border, in vehicles and backpacks."We just have more tips than we can investigate. Already, we are getting search warrants to enter marijuana-growing operations almost every day."Earlier this week, the RCMP in the Vancouver suburb of Delta broke up the largest marijuana-growing operation in their history.Police confiscated 2,500 mature marijuana plants from a rented barn in a semi-rural area.Constable Sharlene Brooks said yesterday the police force in Delta has closed down 182 marijuana-growing operations since the beginning of last year."Our goal is to eliminate them all," she said.Note: Daily crackdowns not enough, police say.Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)Author:  Robert MatasPublished: Saturday, November 23, 2002  Print Edition, Page A12Copyright: 2002 The Globe and Mail CompanyContact: letters globeandmail.caWebsite: http://www.globeandmail.ca/Related Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Canadian Linkshttp://freedomtoexhale.com/can.htmStop Marijuana Trade, U.S. Drug Czar Urgeshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread14806.shtmlB.C. Bud Crosses The Line http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread12897.shtml
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on November 23, 2002 at 20:12:30 PT
$6-billion 
An industry this large is not going to go away. The money goes into the economy and it benefits the whole region. (Even the pro Drug War types) Take this money out of the system and you can have some big social dislocations. The only way things will ever be right is to legalize it, tax it and regulate it. Until they figure this out, the Prohibitionist will continue to chase their tails.
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on November 23, 2002 at 09:54:04 PT
boneheads...
Sharlene dear, your efforts are futile. You closed down 182 grow-ops out of thousands. Big friggin' deal. Meanwhile, the real criminals are hoping you pigs keep wasting your time.Sorry, you have been overgrown.Tyranny on the Horizon...FAKE TERROR - THE ROAD TO DICTATORSHIP:
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Comment #1 posted by pokesmotter on November 23, 2002 at 08:57:47 PT:
this girl is a goof
Constable Sharlene Brooks said yesterday the police force in Delta has closed down 182 marijuana-growing operations since the beginning of last year."Our goal is to eliminate them all," she said.
This is comedy.  One thing she should remember about goals is that they should be REALISTIC. there is no possible way they will get them all. it just isnt going to happen.
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