Measure G Report: Pot Seizures Up

Measure G Report: Pot Seizures Up
Posted by CN Staff on February 15, 2005 at 10:35:56 PT
Source: Ukiah Daily Journal
Deputies of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office found more illegal pot plants in 2004 than they did in 2003, but not as many as the record year, 2002, when sheriff's deputies found and destroyed almost 127,000 marijuana plants growing in 383 places in the county.That's according to an annual report filed by the sheriff's department each year mandated by Measure G, the 2000 county ballot measure requiring the county to use its budget pressure to stop enforcement of marijuana laws and prosecution of marijuana crimes in the county.
The measure was symbolic only as the county has no authority to dictate to either the Sheriff or the District Attorney what laws they will or won't enforce. However Measure G also required an annual report on the number of plants seized and arrests made by both COMMET and regular deputy patrols. In 2004 deputies on regular patrol took 1,273 illegal pot plants at 13 sites in the county. That was up from 374 plants in 14 sites in 2003.According the Undersheriff Gary Hudson, there are but two COMMET deputies in the county. However, they make most of their raids during the harvest season when they also have help from other law enforcement agencies like the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, hence the higher numbers.In 2004, COMMET took 72,918 illegal pot plants at 332 sites. Overall that year, deputies on regular patrol arrested 64 adults and four juveniles for possession of marijuana charges and four were arrested for cultivation. Some 47 adults were simply cited for marijuana possession and 26 juveniles. The COMMET made 19 arrests for cultivation in 2004.The 2004 report was recently presented to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.Hudson said he's not sure what story the numbers tell, although he noted it appears to show that there's "a lot of marijuana in this county if only two deputies are finding that many illegal plants."Source: Ukiah Daily Journal (CA)Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 Copyright: 2005 Ukiah Daily JournalContact: udj pacific.netWebsite: Articles:Mendocino County Mulls Organic Pot Farming Booms in California
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on February 16, 2005 at 08:23:24 PT
News Article from The Associated Press
Board Game About Growing Marijuana Weeded Out of Toy FairWednesday, February 16, 2005CALGARY, Alberta -- A Monopoly-style board game in which players run an imperiled marijuana growing operation has been uprooted from the New York Toy Fair, the Calgary Sun reports.The Grow-Op Game, manufactured by Bored Games Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, was pulled because Toy Industry Association officials decided it violates the values the group seeks to portray and its mandate to support positive development of children."It really did surprise me," Bored Games spokesman Ivan Solomon said. "There's a lot of other games out there touting everything from guns to war and violence. We see this game as a sort of education: If you're thinking about starting a grow operation, it's not going to be easy."While trying to grow B.C. Bud, a potent form of marijuana cultivated mainly indoors in British Columbia, players may be ratted out by neighbors, electricity cut off and the harvest endangered by flood, fire, fungus, bugs and ceiling collapse, not to mention police raids.Grow-Op, the brainchild of a young, 20-something reformed grower known only as Rabbit to conceal his identity, began selling online and at a small number of stores in Canada late last year for $39.95 Canadian, about $32.40 U.S. 
He came up with the idea of demonstrating the pitfalls of the business while serving time in jail, Solomon said.Royal Canadian Mounted Police have not been amused. Cpl. Scott Rintoul of the Mounties' Drug Awareness Squad, has said Grow-Op fails to show the potential damage to organized crime victims."It's not a game," Rintoul said.Copyright: 2005 Associated Press
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Comment #3 posted by goneposthole on February 15, 2005 at 13:21:00 PT
La Cucaracha
 La cucaracha, la cucaracha
Ya no puede caminar
Porque no tiene, porque le falta
Marijuana que fumar. (The cockroach, the cockroach
Now he can't go traveling
Because he doesn't have, because he lacks
Marijuana to smoke.)
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on February 15, 2005 at 12:00:14 PT
I was thinking about the time I spent walking thru an orange orchard when I was a child and how heavenly the air smelled. Can you imagine walking thru a Cannabis orchard and how it would smell? I bet it would make a memory like I have of the orange orchard. I long for the day when this nonsense stops.
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Comment #1 posted by goneposthole on February 15, 2005 at 11:33:52 PT
too bad
they uprooted even one single solitary cannabis plant at all. Let it grow. It ain't hurtin' nobody.
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