Drug bust nets 6,000 marijuana plants

Drug bust nets 6,000 marijuana plants

There are 207 comments on the Rockingham News story from Dec 15, 2006, titled Drug bust nets 6,000 marijuana plants. In it, Rockingham News reports that:

A multi-agency investigation of marijuana growing operations resulted in six arrests Wednesday and the seizure of 10 upscale homes, at least 6,000 marijuana plants worth about $24 million and growing materials.

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Terry Nelson

Fort Worth, TX

#1 Dec 19, 2006
Ho Hum. When will the public wake up to the fact that we'll never arrest or seize our way out of the Drug War. Those plants are a mere drop in the bucket of the millions of plants that are growing in this country. The police would be much better advised to go after criminals that commit crimes against people, places or things instead of trying to enforce the will of the government onto the people. 1.7 millions non violent arrests this last year. Over 3/4 of the people in jail today are there for non violent drug crimes. Wake up.
Bust Your Ass

Okeechobee, FL

#2 Dec 19, 2006
How about we start executing every drug dealer and save the jail space then treat the addicts and if they re-use execute them too. That will only run up our electric bill a bit.
Roy D Mercer

Saskatoon, Canada

#3 Dec 19, 2006
I totally agree with Mr.Nelson. Enough said.
puffdoggy

Ukraine

#4 Dec 20, 2006
SACRAMENTO — For years, activists in the marijuana legalization movement have claimed that cannabis is America's biggest cash crop. Now they're citing government statistics to prove it.

A report released today by a marijuana public policy analyst contends that the market value of pot produced in the U.S. exceeds $35 billion — far more than the crop value of such heartland staples as corn, soybeans and hay, which are the top three legal cash crops.

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California is responsible for more than a third of the cannabis harvest, with an estimated production of $13.8 billion that exceeds the value of the state's grapes, vegetables and hay combined — and marijuana is the top cash crop in a dozen states, the report states.

The report estimates that marijuana production has increased tenfold in the past quarter century despite an exhaustive anti-drug effort by law enforcement.

Jon Gettman, the report's author, is a public policy consultant and leading proponent of the push to drop marijuana from the federal list of hard-core Schedule 1 drugs — which are deemed to have no medicinal value and a high likelihood of abuse — such as heroin and LSD.

He argues that the data support his push to begin treating cannabis like tobacco and alcohol by legalizing and reaping a tax windfall from it, while controlling production and distribution to better restrict use by teenagers."Despite years of effort by law enforcement, they're not getting rid of it," Gettman said."Not only is the problem worse in terms of magnitude of cultivation, but production has spread all around the country. To say the genie is out of the bottle is a profound understatement."
puffdoggy

Ukraine

#5 Dec 20, 2006
While withholding judgment on the study's findings, federal anti-drug officials took exception to Gettman's conclusions.

Tom Riley, a spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, cited examples of foreign countries that have struggled with big crops used to produce cocaine and heroin."Coca is Colombia's largest cash crop and that hasn't worked out for them, and opium poppies are Afghanistan's largest crop, and that has worked out disastrously for them," Riley said."I don't know why we would venture down that road."

The contention that pot is America's biggest cash crop dates to the early 1980s, when marijuana legalization advocates began citing Drug Enforcement Administration estimates suggesting that about 1,000 metric tons of pot were being produced nationwide. Over the years, marijuana advocates have produced studies estimating the size and value of the U.S. crop, most recently in 1998.

Gettman's report cites figures in a 2005 State Department report estimating U.S. cannabis cultivation at 10,000 metric tons, or more than 22 million pounds — 10 times the 1981 production.

Using data on the number of pounds eradicated by police around the U.S., Gettman produced estimates of the likely size and value of the cannabis crop in each state. His methodology used what he described as a conservative value of about $1,600 a pound compared to the $2,000- to $4,000-a-pound street value often cited by law enforcement agencies after busts.

In California, the state's Campaign Against Marijuana Planting seized nearly 1.7 million plants this year — triple the haul in 2005 — with an estimated street value of more than $6.7 billion. Based on the seizure rate over the last three years, the study estimates that California grew more than 21 million marijuana plants in 2006 — with a production value nearly triple the next closest state, Tennessee, which had an estimated $4.7-billion cannabis harvest.

California ranked as the report's top state for both outdoor and indoor marijuana production. The report estimates that the state had 4.2 million indoor plants valued at nearly $1.5 billion. The state of Washington was ranked next, with $438 million worth of indoor cannabis plants.

California also is among nine states that produce more cannabis than residents consumed, Gettman estimates. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the state's 3.3 million cannabis users represent about 13% of the nation's pot smokers. But California produces more than 38% of the cannabis grown in the country, the study contends.

Nationwide, the estimated cannabis production of $35.8 billion exceeds corn ($23 billion), soybeans ($17.6 billion) and hay ($12.2 billion), according to Gettman's findings.*--------
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puffdoggy

Ukraine

#6 Dec 20, 2006
Immagine that,$35 billion in untaxed dollars and that's just the U.S. grown stuff. This is not going away. Now think about the untaxed dollars flowing out of the U.S. to big south american drug lords and terrorists. Join Norml today and help reform americas marijuana policy. These dollars could fund programs to help drug addicts kick their personal habit and reduce violent crimes. It's apphauling these dollars are not being taxed, let's "take the money back" from drug lords and terrorists and help our own country.

“Fight Terrorism Buy Domsestic”

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Hippiegene

#7 Dec 20, 2006
WooHoo ,You go Puffdoggy. Join NORML and LEAP today .LEGALIZE-TAX-STATE DISTRIBUTE AMERICAN GROWN MARIJUANA & HEMP. Shut Down THe Drug Cartels- Overgrow Them! Americas Largest Cash Crop went totally un-taxed this year AGAIN .Wake Up America!!!End Pot Prohibition .Put Millions of Americans back to work.
puffdoggy wrote:
Immagine that,$35 billion in untaxed dollars and that's just the U.S. grown stuff. This is not going away. Now think about the untaxed dollars flowing out of the U.S. to big south american drug lords and terrorists. Join Norml today and help reform americas marijuana policy. These dollars could fund programs to help drug addicts kick their personal habit and reduce violent crimes. It's apphauling these dollars are not being taxed, let's "take the money back" from drug lords and terrorists and help our own country.

“Fight Terrorism Buy Domsestic”

Since: Dec 06

Hippiegene

#8 Dec 20, 2006
Why Smoking Marijuana Doesn't Make You a Junkie

By Bruce Mirken, Marijuana Policy Project. Posted December 19, 2006.

The idea that marijuana is a "gateway" drug has been once again squelched by two new scientific studies.


Two recent studies should be the final nails in the coffin of the lie that has propelled some of this nation's most misguided policies: the claim that smoking marijuana somehow causes people to use hard drugs, often called the "gateway theory."

Such claims have been a staple of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under present drug czar John Walters. Typical is a 2004 New Mexico speech in which, according to the Albuquerque Journal,"Walters emphasized that marijuana is a 'gateway drug' that can lead to other chemical dependencies."

The gateway theory presents drug use as a tidy progression in which users move from legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco to marijuana, and from there to hard drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Thus, zealots like Walters warn, marijuana is bad because it leads to things that are even worse.

It's a neat theory, easy to sell. The problem is, scientists keep poking holes in it -- the two new studies being are just the most recent examples.
Bust Your ASS

Lake Panasoffkee, FL

#9 Dec 20, 2006
I still say execute the druggers and have the vultures eat the wounded addicts.

“Fight Terrorism Buy Domsestic”

Since: Dec 06

Hippiegene

#10 Dec 20, 2006
Mexico Troops Find Hybrid Marijuana Plant

By MARK STEVENSON
The Associated Press
Wednesday, December 20, 2006; 5:35 AM

LAZARO CARDENAS, Mexico -- Soldiers trying to seize control of one Mexico's top drug-producing regions found the countryside teeming with a new hybrid marijuana plant that can be cultivated year-round and cannot be killed with pesticides.

Soldiers fanned out across some of the new fields Tuesday, pulling up plants by the root and burning them, as helicopter gunships clattered overhead to give them cover from a raging drug war in the western state of Michoacan. The plants' roots survive if they are doused with herbicide, said army Gen. Manuel Garcia.



A Mexican army soldier carries a bunch of marijuana at a seized field near the town of Aguililla, in the western Mexican state of Michoacan on Tuesday Dec. 19, 2006. Thousands of soldiers sent to seize control of one of Mexico's top drug-producing regions have found widespread cultivation of a hybrid marijuana plant that is easy to grow and difficult to kill.(AP Photo/Mark Stevenson)(Mark Stevenson-stf - AP)

"These plants have been genetically improved," he told a handful of journalists allowed to accompany soldiers on a daylong raid of some 70 marijuana fields. "Before we could cut the plant and destroy it, but this plant will come back to life unless it's taken out by the roots."

The new plants, known as "Colombians," mature in about two months and can be planted at any time of year, meaning authorities will no longer be able to time raids to coincide with twice-yearly harvests.

The hybrid first appeared in Mexico two years ago but has become the plant of choice for drug traffickers Michoacan, a remote mountainous region that lends to itself to drug production.

Yields are so high that traffickers can now produce as much marijuana on a plot the size of a football field as they used to harvest in 10 to 12 acres. That makes for smaller, harder-to-detect fields, though some discovered Tuesday had sophisticated irrigation systems with sprinklers, pumps and thousands of yards of tubing.

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Hippiegene

#11 Dec 20, 2006
Viva la Mexico!! Attack of the Killer Bud.
david beckett

United States

#12 Jan 10, 2007
I love to smoke pot and god I wish the government would legalize it.

“keeping a watchful eye”

Since: Dec 06

Hwy 101

#13 Jan 11, 2007
david beckett wrote:
I love to smoke pot and god I wish the government would legalize it.
Millions of americans feel the same as you David, and that's why we all need to be a part of the solution and join NORML. If you'd like what you see you should tell friends also. Are you a member?

“keeping a watchful eye”

Since: Dec 06

Hwy 101

#14 Jan 11, 2007
Consuming Billions of Dollars of Cannabis Annually, California Loses Out on Tax Revenue

January 4, 2007 - Oakland, CA, USA

Oakland, CA: A new report to the Measure Z policy oversight committee, entitled "Revenue & Taxes from Oakland's Cannabis Economy," has concluded that Californians consume between $870 million and $2 billion worth of medical marijuana each year, but because of federal law, loses most of the $70 million to $120 million in state sales taxes that would otherwise be collected.

According to the report, only a fraction of the current 200-plus medical cannabis dispensaries and collectives pay state sales taxes. A substantial portion of the medical cannabis sales remains off the books because of the fear of federal prosecution. Despite this, a growing number of communities, led by Oakland, have begun to legally regulate and license medical cannabis sales through the dispensaries. Although the federal authorities continue to consider the dispensaries as criminal enterprises, most have lawfully complied with local regulations like other legal businesses.

According to the Oakland business tax office, the city’s medical cannabis dispensaries reported $26 million in revenues in fiscal year 2004. Revenues declined in 2005 when all but two of the dispensaries were forced to close, but revenue is expected to rebound again this year, as two new authorized clubs have opened.

Oakland’s cannabis clubs pay the city an annual licensing fee of $20,000 as well as a business tax of .1% on revenues. Potential revenues for Oakland are estimated as high as $64 million annually.

In addition, many dispensaries also pay substantial payroll taxes to the state. A Modesto dispensary, California Healthcare Collectives, Inc., before being raided and closed by the DEA, reported paying $93,000 per quarter in withheld federal payroll taxes; $25,000 per quarter in state withholding taxes; and $50,000 to $60,000 per month in state sales taxes. Closure of the dispensary has cost the public over $1 million per year in tax revenues.

The report estimated that between 150,000 and 350,000 Californians have been certified to use medical marijuana, representing approximately 10% of all marijuana smokers in the state. According to California NORML, altogether Californians consume nearly $6 billion worth of marijuana per year, which could net the state between $1.5 to $2.5 billion per year if marijuana were taxed and regulated for adult use.
Chris Whelan

Pelham, NH

#15 Jan 14, 2007
You don't live up here in NH...so why are you even commenting? Do you want to legalize pot or something?
Terry Nelson wrote:
Ho Hum. When will the public wake up to the fact that we'll never arrest or seize our way out of the Drug War. Those plants are a mere drop in the bucket of the millions of plants that are growing in this country. The police would be much better advised to go after criminals that commit crimes against people, places or things instead of trying to enforce the will of the government onto the people. 1.7 millions non violent arrests this last year. Over 3/4 of the people in jail today are there for non violent drug crimes. Wake up.
Chris Whelan

Pelham, NH

#16 Jan 14, 2007
david beckett wrote:
I love to smoke pot and god I wish the government would legalize it.
Great for you keep it in your STATE them we don't want pot here. it leads to other drugs because you move on eventually to something stronger and stronger...that makes kids dumber and dumber.

“keeping a watchful eye”

Since: Dec 06

Hwy 101

#17 Jan 14, 2007
Chris Whelan wrote:
You don't live up here in NH...so why are you even commenting? Do you want to legalize pot or something?
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Yes Chris, we all want pot legalized everywhere. As long as N.H. is part of the U.S. we want it legal in your town too. It's a smart decision you chould consider. Red all you can about the subject before you come to any conclusions, after all there are some decades old stigmas that are indeed false about pot.

“keeping a watchful eye”

Since: Dec 06

Hwy 101

#18 Jan 14, 2007
Chris Whelan wrote:
<quoted text>
Great for you keep it in your STATE them we don't want pot here. it leads to other drugs because you move on eventually to something stronger and stronger...that makes kids dumber and dumber.
Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug and you are being foolish to still beleive that it is. The legalization of marijuana can only do good for our society. You could be part of the solution.

“keeping a watchful eye”

Since: Dec 06

Hwy 101

#19 Jan 14, 2007
Pittsburg police said Thursday that they are cautiously weighing a claim that marijuana found in the home of a slain PC World senior editor was grown and used by his son for medical purposes.

Four masked men burst into the Pittsburg home of Rex Farrance, 59, about 9 p.m. Tuesday, fatally shooting him and pistol-whipping his wife after demanding money, police said. No arrests have been made.

Police summoned to the home on Argosy Court found a large quantity of marijuana and said the couple were involved in the possession and possible sale of drugs. Colleagues of Farrance, a well-respected technical journalist and fitness enthusiast, expressed deep skepticism, and the couple's son said that he was growing the drug at the home for medical reasons.

Pittsburg police Inspector John Conaty declined to say Thursday whether the drugs found at the home were legal, adding that it premature to say whether anyone connected to the home could face drug charges.

As for the family's insistence that the drugs consisted only of medical marijuana, Conaty said, "They have made that claim to us, and we are exploring whether there's any validity to that claim."

Conaty said the motive for the incident was definitely robbery, and whether any drugs on the premises are related to the home invasion "feeds right back into the entire reason for exploring whether there's a nexus between the possession of a controlled substance and targeting that particular residence for residential robbery."

Sterling Farrance, 19, denied that his father and mother, Kaiser Permanente registered nurse Lenore Vantosh-Farrance, 56, were involved with and possibly dealing drugs from the home they've shared since 1991 on a quiet cul-de-sac.

He said he grows medical marijuana at his parents' home with his father's permission and uses it to combat pain from a car crash. He said he and a friend have a doctor's prescription and medical-marijuana cards from the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative. Full Story :http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/art icle.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/12/BAG NQNHGD11.DTL

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Hippiegene

#20 Jan 14, 2007
I had a home invasion in 2004. Here is the story published across the nation and on national TV news.---------http://www.ornor ml.org/forums/lofiversion/inde x.php?t335.html
puffdoggy wrote:
Pittsburg police said Thursday that they are cautiously weighing a claim that marijuana found in the home of a slain PC World senior editor was grown and used by his son for medical purposes.
Four masked men burst into the Pittsburg home of Rex Farrance, 59, about 9 p.m. Tuesday, fatally shooting him and pistol-whipping his wife after demanding money, police said. No arrests have been made.
Police summoned to the home on Argosy Court found a large quantity of marijuana and said the couple were involved in the possession and possible sale of drugs. Colleagues of Farrance, a well-respected technical journalist and fitness enthusiast, expressed deep skepticism, and the couple's son said that he was growing the drug at the home for medical reasons.
Pittsburg police Inspector John Conaty declined to say Thursday whether the drugs found at the home were legal, adding that it premature to say whether anyone connected to the home could face drug charges.
As for the family's insistence that the drugs consisted only of medical marijuana, Conaty said, "They have made that claim to us, and we are exploring whether there's any validity to that claim."
Conaty said the motive for the incident was definitely robbery, and whether any drugs on the premises are related to the home invasion "feeds right back into the entire reason for exploring whether there's a nexus between the possession of a controlled substance and targeting that particular residence for residential robbery."
Sterling Farrance, 19, denied that his father and mother, Kaiser Permanente registered nurse Lenore Vantosh-Farrance, 56, were involved with and possibly dealing drugs from the home they've shared since 1991 on a quiet cul-de-sac.
He said he grows medical marijuana at his parents' home with his father's permission and uses it to combat pain from a car crash. He said he and a friend have a doctor's prescription and medical-marijuana cards from the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative. Full Story :http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/art icle.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/12/BAG NQNHGD11.DTL

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