Authorities destroy marijuana plants ...

Authorities destroy marijuana plants growing in McHenry County

There are 25 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 27, 2008, titled Authorities destroy marijuana plants growing in McHenry County. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Authorities destroyed about 1,200 marijuana plants, with an estimated value of $1.2 million, that were found growing on private property in rural McHenry County near Harvard , Sheriff Keith Nygren said ...

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“Electric Blue Sunshine”

Since: Oct 07

Riverside, CA

#1 Aug 27, 2008
What a waste- of marijuana and tax dollars. Don't these guys have REAL crimes to solve?

Chicago, IL

#2 Aug 27, 2008
That wasn't very nice of the authorities! lmao

“things that make you go "hmmmm”

Since: May 08

Chicago Heights, IL

#3 Aug 27, 2008
I think they should sell it at a police auction. Think of the crimefighting money to be made!

Alsip, IL

#4 Aug 27, 2008
Bummer. We need to make pot legal.
Nancy B

Downers Grove, IL

#5 Aug 27, 2008
I wonder how fast that out of state property owner could get back here, if someone told him that his harvest was being ripped off. It's quite possible that he didn't know about the operation, but with the plants being worth what they are it's not likely.

Lombard, IL

#6 Aug 27, 2008
::sheds tear:: Wish I coulda been there

Lafayette, IN

#7 Aug 27, 2008
1.2 million??? what a joke.
They throw that out there like
it really means they did a good job.
That is more like what the taxpayers paid to
get rid of some worthless ditch weed.
jpd in nola

Kenner, LA

#8 Aug 27, 2008
Leave them kids alone. Just another brick in the wall.
tom f

Batavia, IL

#9 Aug 27, 2008
more tax money wasted on the destruction of marijuana,while alcohol is consumed rampantly and people are dying everyday.

Glen Ellyn, IL

#10 Aug 27, 2008
Don't fool with Mother Nature......find some real law breakers!

Glendale Heights, IL

#11 Aug 27, 2008
Or maybe the dang cops could go after violent crime. But no. The big pot bust looks oh so much better on their resumes.

United States

#12 Aug 27, 2008
his initials are CD from richmond.

Glen Ellyn, IL

#13 Aug 27, 2008
$1.2M on 5 acres! wow, I need to rethink what we're doing with the family farm.

Chicago, IL

#14 Aug 27, 2008
i hear the suburbs got that chronic weed.

Ypsilanti, MI

#16 Aug 27, 2008
The proof of this property owners lack of knowledge of these crops is what? His relationship to one of the cops, local politicians, or business men?

It seems not to matter who the owner of crack houses are, if proven to house crack dealers, they are confiscated. Regardless if the owner is renting to the dealers or has any idea of the clandestine activities.

This land should now belong to McHenry County. Being out of town and feigning cluelessness is the perfect cover of a "good 'ol boy".

We keep telling people that Blacks don't grow, fly, or ship this garbage into their neighborhoods. Until the authorities start to put the screws to these "no nothing" land owners, semi-truck leasers, and private plane pilots, the streets of Chicago will continue to be war-zones.

United States

#17 Aug 27, 2008
"This land should now belong to McHenry County."
Spoken like a true statist.
Unwinnable wars that are a waste of our resources.(not to mention the cause of much of our loss of liberty)
War on Drugs
War on Poverty
War on Terrorism
When you look at the numbers and results they look more like employment programs for government workers.

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Aug 27, 2008
Just another example of how stupid our laws are.

It's a plant. I should be able to grow it in my back yard, if I want to.

Skokie, IL

#19 Aug 27, 2008
i dunno why anyone would bring up crack cocaine in a discussion about marijuana, but i know i'm getting really damn tired of my tax money going towards destroying a plant and throwing consumers of that plant in jail. and i'm so glad to see that there are a lot of you out there who feel strongly about this too (well, strong enough, to post a comment on an online newspaper forum)

hear how the city of denver told its police not to arrest or cite pot smokers this week for the DNC? a spokesman said something like: the police better listen to the taxpayers who pay their salaries and find something better to do then harass people who are choosing pot as a safer alternative to alcohol.

i hope one day maybe the rest of this country wakes up to such common sense. i'm getting tired of reading about people sent to prison for years for possessing or growing a PLANT, while my tax money is siphoned into police/court/jail costs.


Skokie, IL

#20 Aug 27, 2008
Bitsy wrote:
It's a plant. I should be able to grow it in my back yard, if I want to.
....that just about sums up my thoughts. well said!
stony tony

Deerfield Beach, FL

#21 Aug 27, 2008
How can a plant be illegal????

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