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Police seek utility data for homes of marijuana-growing suspects | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 138 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Feb 28, 2011, titled Police seek utility data for homes of marijuana-growing suspects | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

At least 60 subpoenas are filed each month across the state seeking customers' energy-use records from American Electric Power and other utilities.

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#1 Feb 28, 2011
What a crock. Thanks again, Big Brother. Sure beats doing real police work to enforce a ridiculous law. Land of the free? I fear, it's not anymore. Like my old grandpa used to say "I don't care what they do, as long as they don't scare the cows." [grin]
Linda

Galloway, OH

#2 Feb 28, 2011
If your electric bill is real high it will be flagged by the electric company and information is sent to the police. This happened to me when the meter reader read my meter wrong and I got a real high bill. They also have certain books at the library, if you check it out it is flagged and the info is sent to the police. It's 1984 come true and getting worse. Our privacy is invaded on a daily basic. They spy on the good people and the real criminals run rampant. Why? Because it's easy and no danger to the police, and it brings in income and makes it look like they are fighting crime.
blah blah blah

Blacklick, OH

#3 Feb 28, 2011
Don't grow marijuana in your home and you have nothing to worry about, whiner.

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Big Brothers lil helper

Blacklick, OH

#4 Feb 28, 2011
Linda wrote:
If your electric bill is real high it will be flagged by the electric company and information is sent to the police. This happened to me when the meter reader read my meter wrong and I got a real high bill. They also have certain books at the library, if you check it out it is flagged and the info is sent to the police. It's 1984 come true and getting worse. Our privacy is invaded on a daily basic. They spy on the good people and the real criminals run rampant. Why? Because it's easy and no danger to the police, and it brings in income and makes it look like they are fighting crime.
This post has been flagged for further examination. Consider yourself an enemy of the State until further notice.
less

Mount Gilead, OH

#5 Feb 28, 2011
Linda wrote:
If your electric bill is real high it will be flagged by the electric company and information is sent to the police. This happened to me when the meter reader read my meter wrong and I got a real high bill. They also have certain books at the library, if you check it out it is flagged and the info is sent to the police. It's 1984 come true and getting worse. Our privacy is invaded on a daily basic. They spy on the good people and the real criminals run rampant. Why? Because it's easy and no danger to the police, and it brings in income and makes it look like they are fighting crime.
If your electric bill is that high , switch over to battery powered marital aids .
Retired Deputy

Chillicothe, OH

#6 Feb 28, 2011
Story is close to true. But if you burn up too much juice the electric company will check out your meter themselves first then many power companies report spikes to the sheriff etc without law enforcment even asking. Then comes the warrant. Hundreds of indoor pot growers are busted each year and have no idea the electric meter snitched on them.
Anonymous

Delaware, OH

#7 Feb 28, 2011
There are a lot of grow houses in the southern US.
They owners/tenants are using solar power to make it work and they have a whole different wiring system that is completely independent of the electric meter. I don't know how they do it, but you can bet that they aren't growing tomatoes.
casino magnet

Howard, OH

#8 Feb 28, 2011
this happened to a neighbor,after his landlord finally let the cops in.

they hauled his grow operation away in a uhaul truck.

not a thing ended up happening to him,i think he got a year probation and a fine.

you have to understand law enforcement is a business.they have to do something to justify their jobs.
Conservatives Lie

Columbus, OH

#9 Feb 28, 2011
Solar, wind and geothermal are not called 'alternative' energies for nothing!
Bodie

Chillicothe, OH

#10 Feb 28, 2011
Wkae Up People. Not only will utility companies snitch on a user but even media outlets will take your email address and personal information and hand it over to the police if they just ask. No Warrant. Columbus Dispatch does it all the time as do all others with blogs & forums. Any blog or forum will hand over your name and address if law enforcment justs asks. Privacy does not exist in this country nor does freedom of speech.
Chorny Bill

Marysville, OH

#12 Feb 28, 2011
blah blah blah wrote:
Don't grow marijuana in your home and you have nothing to worry about, whiner.
What a stupid remark! Did you graduate third grade?
Bob Constantine

Cape Elizabeth, ME

#13 Feb 28, 2011
blah blah blah wrote:
Don't grow marijuana in your home and you have nothing to worry about, whiner.
Don't be jewish and you have nothing to worry about from the SS.

Just say "my name is Toby" and you have nothing to worry about Kunta Kinte.

Give up the right to peacefully own your OWN body and property and you have nothing to worry about.
blah blah blah

Blacklick, OH

#14 Feb 28, 2011
Chorny Bill wrote:
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What a stupid remark! Did you graduate third grade?
Are you done milking the cows and mucking out the stable?
The Rational One

Columbus, OH

#15 Feb 28, 2011
What a waste of law enforcement dollars. Doesn't surprise me that it's the suburban cops doing this crap. Justifying their existence by this stuff, arresting 20 year olds for drinking, and handing out tickets for going 36 in a 35 zone.

And I still have yet to hear of an incident where pot killed someone.
AEP

New York, NY

#16 Feb 28, 2011
...get a generator!
Anonymous

Fremont, OH

#17 Feb 28, 2011
In the early days of the Republic, it would have been unthinkable that Congress could prohibit the local cultivation, possession, and consumption of marijuana.Justice Clarence Thomas
hamburger pimp

Columbus, OH

#18 Feb 28, 2011
Oh well if you're not doing anything wrong you shouldn't have anything to worry about dur dur dur. God protect our brave men and women and doggies in blue in their sacred war on Evil Drugs.
hamburger pimp

Columbus, OH

#19 Feb 28, 2011
Conservatives Lie wrote:
Solar, wind and geothermal are not called 'alternative' energies for nothing!
Our Holy President Obama is against the legalization of marijuana. Please turn yourself into the nearest re-education center immediately.
hamburger pimp

Columbus, OH

#20 Feb 28, 2011
blah blah blah wrote:
Don't grow marijuana in your home and you have nothing to worry about, whiner.
Oops, some idiot beat me to it already. Oh wait, he was being serious.
DouglasJay

Boulder, CO

#21 Feb 28, 2011
This is state intrusion on individual privacy. Legalize it and regulate it and this waste of taxpayer dollars will go away.

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