War On Marijuana Is Misdirected 

War On Marijuana Is Misdirected 
Posted by CN Staff on October 04, 2007 at 05:49:02 PT
By Dave Stancliff
Source: Eureka Reporter
California --  America is being invaded. Not by illegal immigrants as some claim. Nor by a world superpower.We are being invaded by Mexican drug cartels that are growing marijuana from Humboldt County to Keokuk, Iowa. No state, or national forest, is exempt from this invasion. The cartels are so sophisticated and well-funded that they don’t just stop at growing massive amounts of pot outdoors.
They have been setting up indoor grows from coast to coast that produce prodigious amounts of the popular herb. Their methods are simple. They buys houses, put some Mexican nationals in them posing as normal families and “blow-up” all the rooms with indoor grow systems that yield surprising amounts of that billion-dollar bud.So what is our government doing about this invasion? How are we responding to these armed individuals who live in tents while protecting thousands of acres of marijuana for the drug cartels? The answer varies according to who you talk to.Local law enforcement has been responding to big grows ever since it stumbled onto to one in the heyday of hippie pot plantations in the ’70s. The state of California has helped our local pot-seeking police with a program called Campaign Against Marijuana Planting for decades now. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Sgt.Wayne Hanson recently told local media that this year CAMP has seen the biggest eradication effort yet in our storied history. More than 300,000 plants have been destroyed thus far, according to Hanson. This figure will surely grow as the pot-searching season continues.One has to understand, however, that the growers have changed since the mid-’70s and are no longer just local boys who actually helped the local economy by shopping and living in our county. The fact of the matter is pot is still supporting our local economy, but I digress.What has changed is who’s growing the marijuana. For example, the biggest pot bust in our local history happened this year and has been attributed to those Mexican cartels. The grow, said to be 135,000 plants and valued at $469 million, took place in the county’s eastern edge.The future promises more massive crops from the cartels, which may or may not be busted. Think about this: Despite these busts, the cartels continue to grow. Why? Because for every one found, there’s another that isn’t. Maybe two, or even more. The profit stays despite the Drug Enforcement Agency’s thus far feeble efforts at curbing their growth across our nation. Local law enforcement readily admits that the increase in pot plantations is attributable to the Mexican drug cartels. Statistics coming out of California Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s office noted a statewide seizure record for 2006 of more than a million plants.These cartels do not help our local economy. They don’t help anyone but the drug lords in Mexico who are living like kings and laughing at us stupid Americans. When we bust one of their numerous grows, the most that can be expected to happen is we’ll jail some poor Mexican nationals who have thrown their lot in with them.Meanwhile, as far as I can see, business is thriving in our national parks and neighborhoods, and despite the DEA’s scattered efforts from New York to Los Angeles, there is no end in sight.So does that mean we should just go on as we are and hope the cartels will just go away someday? Are we doomed to forever throw taxpayers’ money into an unpopular war on marijuana that we aren’t winning, to an invasion we can’t seem to stop?It doesn’t have to be that way. There is an answer to this invasion and it’s staring American lawmakers in the face! Legalize marijuana. That’s right. If you want these Mexican cartels to go home, take the profit out of their plantations and they’ll go away. To them it’s a business that thrives in an atmosphere of our own making.If we want to take a chunk of crime out of the American landscape, then we need to stop this invasion by making it available without being a crime. That slashes profits, which the cartels crave. The only reason the cartels have been able to gain such a strong foothold in our country is this prohibition on pot and misdirected war on weed.The price of pot would plummet if legalized, especially if every American could grow their own. By ending the prohibition, we as a country could move on to more important things like helping the homeless, better health care for all and other social programs that desperately need funding that our war on marijuana is siphoning off right now.Instead, we need to redirect our focus on marijuana and decriminalize what a majority of Americans want. We need to take back our national forests and neighborhoods. I propose we stop the so-called war on what many Americans want — as evidenced by the growing medical marijuana laws being enacted by popular votes in states like California — and put a halt to the Mexican cartel’s economic invasion of our country.As it Stands, if you get to the root of a problem, it’s much more effective than just trimming the leaves in the hope it’ll go away.Dave Stancliff is a columnist for The Eureka Reporter. He’s a former newspaper editor and publisher.  Source: Eureka Reporter, The (US CA)Author: Dave StancliffPublished: October 4, 2007Copyright: 2007 The Eureka ReporterContact: editor eurekareporter.comWebsite: CannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #7 posted by afterburner on October 04, 2007 at 21:19:14 PT
Speaking of Misdirected: Canadian PM Imitates DEA | News | PM pledges minimum terms for drug pushers.
Oct 04, 2007 08:05 PM.
Steve Lambert, 
THE CANADIAN PRESS faith in punishment and refusal to heed science may bring down the minority government of Conservative Prime Minister Steven Harper.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on October 04, 2007 at 13:27:01 PT
Max Flowers 
I did notice that too.
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Comment #5 posted by Max Flowers on October 04, 2007 at 13:03:26 PT
The post #2 story
Notice that they're not saying whether the man killed was a Mexican cartel grower or a regular ol' white Humboldt grower type...
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Comment #4 posted by whig on October 04, 2007 at 10:18:41 PT
This is the base of the war, and because cannabis promotes peace, love and understanding, it allows people of different backgrounds to socialize more easily in spite of past injustice.
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Comment #3 posted by whig on October 04, 2007 at 10:13:35 PT
It's all about Mexicans. Mexicans in tents. Invading your town.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 04, 2007 at 07:26:27 PT
Deputy Kills Armed Man at Marijuana Grow
October 4, 2007
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Comment #1 posted by goneposthole on October 04, 2007 at 06:35:10 PT
more important
Remove the corruption in government and the corrupt 'elected' officials.John Ashcroft's nephew was growing marijuana. 'Duke' Cunningham's son was dealing marijuana. corruption knows no bounds. Drug cartels from Mexico are the least of the problems. In no shape or form can the cartels compete with the absolute corruption that pervades the system.
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