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  DEA Marijuana Raids Plummet
Posted by CN Staff on September 19, 2013 at 05:36:59 PT
By Robin Wilkey 
Source: Huffington Post 

cannabis USA -- New data released by the Drug Enforcement Administration reveals the agency has dramatically cut the number of raids on marijuana growers over the past two years, especially in California.

But, as SF Weekly noted, a closer look at the data reveals that the DEA has not become less aggressive. Rather, the agency appears to have been more effective by making fewer raids, but arresting more people and seizing more pot.

While the number of busts has decreased by about 22 percent, the amount of marijuana confiscated and the number of arrests made during raids have increased by about that much. In 2010, authorities pulled 7.4 million plants from 2,272 sites, resulting in 1,591 arrests and 59,928 pounds of pot, according to the DEA. In 2012, authorities confiscated 2.08 million plants from 1,784 sites. But the grand pull during those raids was a whopping 2,045 arrests and 64,920 pounds of pot.

As SF Weekly noted, the shift is likely due in part to the DEA's disbandment of its nearly 30-year-old Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, or CAMP program. Allen St. Pierre, executive director of marijuana policy reform group NORML, told The Huffington Post that he believes technology may be driving the increase in arrests.

“Before, they would get the cannabis, but rarely get any arrests,” St. Pierre explained. “But with new technology -- satellites, drones, cameras, etc. -- they have a much better opportunity to get a bit of a body count, so to speak.”

A DEA spokesman wasn't immediately available for comment.

St. Pierre, generally an outspoken critic against the DEA, hailed the agency's shift.

“This is positive news, but I think it may have more to do with the pressure for forfeiture, which is always in the background for law enforcement. If authorities find assets, cash, etc., they get to largely keep those items through civil forfeiture process," St. Pierre said. "The real vexation of law enforcement should be drugs like meth. But unfortunately -- perversely -- they are incentivised by the federal government to go after cannabis. But hopefully this trend will continue and we’ll start to see a real reprioritization.”

Source: Huffington Post (NY)
Author: Robin Wilkey
Published: September 19, 2013
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Comment #3 posted by museman on September 20, 2013 at 09:30:07 PT
truth is..
“Before, they would get the cannabis, but rarely get any arrests,” St. Pierre explained. “But with new technology -- satellites, drones, cameras, etc. -- they have a much better opportunity to get a bit of a body count, so to speak.”

Noteworthy is the fact that since the 'quasi' legality of medical cannabis, lists of growers and users is available to the cops (even thought the 'laws' say it isn't)

"Legalizing" only in part, actually makes it easier for law encroachment. Yes and all the info is recorded digitally, so all the cop has to do is get on their secure network and do a search.

Someday everyone will wake up and smell the corruption. Until then, happy DEA, CIA, FBI, FDA, AMA, Sheriff, D.A., 'Supreme Court' (Lol), and Land of the Lawyers everyone!

LEGALIZE FREEDOM

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Comment #2 posted by mexweed on September 19, 2013 at 12:33:10 PT:

Seizonomics
1. It suggests there has been a growth in size of growsites (Dr. Freud where are you when I need you) and in size of plants too.

2. The government is paid in $igarette taxes to remove the most possible cannabis from the market increasing its price relative to tobackgo so more kids will be steered to buy "the drug they can afford", get hooked (hack hack) and keep $igarette companies rolling in dough they can use to pay Boehner and his friends in the red Publican (hic) Party to block cannabis legalization.

3. Good news-- those figures still mostly concern BEFORE November when the voters spoke up...

4. But you knew that already, and there's no time for complex explanations.

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Comment #1 posted by Hope on September 19, 2013 at 07:42:41 PT
Let freedom reign.
Here Are 50 Marijuana Users Who Are Unbelievably Successful By Ryan J. Reilly and Robin Wilkey

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/18/famous-marijuana-users_n_3948855.html?ir=Politics

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