$500,000 in marijuana goes up in smoke

$500,000 in marijuana goes up in smoke

There are 8 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 30, 2009, titled $500,000 in marijuana goes up in smoke. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Antigo police and Langlade County sheriff's deputies watched as $500,000 in marijuana went up in smoke at a local gravel pit.

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Drug War Over

Sinton, TX

#1 Apr 30, 2009
OK, the drug war is over. Surely, this is the nail in the coffin of the drug dealers empire.

"County drug enforcement officer Dan Bauknecht says local authorities have been particularly effective in finding marijuana growing operations in recent years. "

Translation: You know that hemp your grandfather planted back in the war? Well, we are digging up the offspring of that stuff to the tune of $70 million a year. Who cares if it doesn't have any THC. Sure looks good on camera when we carry those big plants across the fields...spilling seeds along the way and ensuring another photo op next year. Taxes? We don't care about your taxes...this is fun! Carbon footprint? Who cares? We've got a contact buzz.
Sidney J Spliffington

Buffalo Grove, IL

#2 Apr 30, 2009
Another "victory" in the war on drugs. What they also typically do is use the weight of the entire plant- stalks, roots, and all, when quoting the "street value," even though the useable (saleable) portion of the plants is really a small percentage of the total weight. Sounds better though, in the paper.
Mike T

Robbins, IL

#3 Apr 30, 2009
I feel 100% safer now! Thank goodness our boys in blue are working tirelessly to eradicate the north woods of a plant that is indigenous to the area.

Why don't these guys go and stop crime like they are paid to do. First they act like doctors, now they are horticulturists.

The tide has turned, YOU HEAR IT TRIB, people don't give a rat's a$$ about pot. The War on Drugs is over and as soon as our "Leaders" can get the memo, the better.

San Jose, CA

#4 Apr 30, 2009
worst bonfire ever
Mark Montgomery

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Apr 30, 2009
All the drugs they burned should be legal. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and their experience has been positive. Now if you are caught with a 10 day supply of your drug or less you face an administrative court, not a criminal court. We can do that here in the USA. A group of 10,000 very serious policemen, prosecutors, attorneys and citizens have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ( http://leap.cc ) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. We can't stop drugs. They're sick of chasing drug users and sending innocent people to prison for decades just because they like to get high. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? Legalize ALL drugs now. Mark Montgomery boboberg@nyc.rr.com
Ryan S

Belmont, MI

#6 Apr 30, 2009
Congratulations! You deleted half a million dollars from the economy.
Ivory Dove

San Antonio, TX

#7 Apr 30, 2009
So, they didn't export it to the
Netherlands or another country for

College Station, TX

#8 May 1, 2009
Just think of how that $500,000 plus the money they spent wasting their time on a failing drug war, would benefit education. Stop spending tax payers money on pointless law enforcment!

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