Hunting the evil weed

Hunting the evil weed

There are 150 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 29, 2009, titled Hunting the evil weed. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Meigs County Deputy Sheriff Don Mohler carries some of the 302 marijuana plants, valued at about $1 million, found along Bald-Knob-Stiversville Road.

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Bedfordale, Australia

#1 Aug 29, 2009
Wouldn't their time be better spent protecting children from psychos that will use them as a sex slave for years? I'm not saying that cannabis is harmless but there are much more serious crimes going on while he is wasting expensive resources on something so minor.

People are dying on the roads and in alcohol fueled arguments, wouldn't your time be better spent preventing some of that Sgt. Meadows and Capt. Pride? I think that you guys really need to spend a little time considering your responsibilities to the people you are supposed to protect.
Meigs County Gold

Columbus, OH

#2 Aug 29, 2009
I hear it is good
Tired of Lies

Spring Hill, FL

#3 Aug 29, 2009
"Hunting the evil weed" How ignorant a statement to make. People who publish articles like this should realize the impact of their actions. You have a personal responsiblity to society to represent the truth and not propogate ignorance like this. Maybe if we let our officers know we'd prefer them to spend their time wrapping up the nearly 50% unsolved murder and rape cases instead it would be more beneficial to ALL of us. The only reason so many resources are wasted on witch hunts like this, is because our government thinks we CARE that much! Let them know we'd prefer them to hunt down the ones who murder and rape our mothers, sisters, and children instead. Children say they can get marijuana easier than beer and cigarettes!! Don't we want to at least make it AS hard for them to get? Prohibition made everything about alcohol worse. Death from alcohol overdose increased by 600% during prohibiton. All the famous gangsters you know were able become so powerful by selling it. Children got caught up in the violence and finally the people recognized that prohibition made EVERYTHING worse! Do you think people were fighting tooth and nail back then to relegalize alcohol because they wanted their children getting drunk? NO! just the opposite. The idea that "the war on drugs" could ever work is pure ignorance. Open your eyes please! YOU prohibitonists have created this whole scenarion. God help us.

Van Wert, OH

#4 Aug 29, 2009
talk about a waste of resorces and money. Tax them on it and make some cash. LEGALIZE IT. California has figured out a way!

Bowling Green, OH

#5 Aug 29, 2009
they make there job sound hard, like they are fighting the american citizen, are they?
Tax Payer

Findlay, OH

#6 Aug 29, 2009
Our State is bankrupt, yet they are still wasting tax dollars paying people to find marijuana and yank it up. This will boost the economy in Mexico, where it is a cash crop.

Remember when we pulled out of Viet Nam? Maybe it is time to acknowledge that we have lost the war on drugs, there is no way to ever win it, and stop spending money on it.

Bellefontaine, OH

#7 Aug 29, 2009
Headline sounds like the ridiculous movie "Reefer Madness" - I'm sorry but this is just a waste of resources. It's time has past ...
pissed piper

Gomer, OH

#8 Aug 29, 2009
leave the weed alone.
jeff b

Reynoldsburg, OH

#9 Aug 29, 2009
what a waste of tax payers money , this goverment sucks . and your news paper. why don"t you do a real story on pot. if they can't tax it or control it they we can't have it . Tobacco and beer are far more deadly.

Pickerington, OH

#10 Aug 29, 2009
really?? evil marijuana? gimme a break. Use our states resources better. There much much worse evil out there.

Independence, KY

#11 Aug 29, 2009
So when is that Federal Money going to dry up? Sheesh way to serve and protect "our children" what a waste of time. For every garden they bust I bet 10 go unnoticed
Jason Thomas

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 29, 2009
The only thing "evil" are the idiots who waste our taxpayer money on this type of thing. Of course what could you expect from the same people who vote against casino gambling and help elect Obama as president?

Independence, KY

#13 Aug 29, 2009
Wow protecting White Middle class people who worry about "evil marijuana" influincing their kids actions is such a load of bu**.

Who cares let people get high u facists

Canal Winchester, OH

#14 Aug 29, 2009
I dont smoke the stuff and havent tried any for nearly 20 years, but this really does seem like a waste of money. The thing that seems a little strange is, why do the cops have to hang and dry it before they bury it! Come on, we know you are probably gonna keep it, if they aint gonna charge nobody why weigh it, bury it wet, we all know what your gonna do with it. Just like cocaine, how does it get here? THE GOVERNMENT!

Reynoldsburg, OH

#15 Aug 29, 2009
Huge waste of money. Allowing marijuana to be grown legally would provide jobs for the growers, tax revenue for the state, and it would keep recreational drug users from having to deal with the types of shady individuals that they have to buy their drugs from, since they can't buy marijuana the same way most people buy beer. The article says this county has a 16% unemployment rate. Allowing marijuana to be grown and sold would help revitalize the economy.

Reynoldsburg, OH

#16 Aug 29, 2009
Jason Thomas wrote:
The only thing "evil" are the idiots who waste our taxpayer money on this type of thing. Of course what could you expect from the same people who vote against casino gambling and help elect Obama as president?
Not to get into too much of a political argument here, but you realize that Democrats support legalized marijuana and casino gambling in Ohio at higher rates than Republicans, right? Your argument shows quite a bit of ignorance on where Republicans and Democrats typically tend to fall on these issues. There are exceptions to this rule, but that would be the general pattern.
Mike from Columbus

Geneva, Switzerland

#17 Aug 29, 2009
gino wrote:
So when is that Federal Money going to dry up? Sheesh way to serve and protect "our children" what a waste of time. For every garden they bust I bet 10 go unnoticed
Yeah, you're right. And most robberies go unsolved, too. I guess we should stop wasting our time trying to solve and prosecute them.

Northwood, OH

#18 Aug 29, 2009
We would not have these problems if this plant was legal. It is medicinal in many, many ways and a great benefit environmentally. PLEASE.......lets smarten up one of these days???
Lisa from Downtown

Grove City, OH

#19 Aug 29, 2009
I agree with all these comments and am disappointed in the Dispatch--which I believe knows better--for calling harmless cannabis 'evil.' What's evil is spending billions on the failed 'war on drugs' to get rid of a useful plant that grows like a weed and will never be eradicated. Like others have said, regulate it, tax it, and keep it from children.
Face the facts on cannabis, Ohio and the nation. It's a harmless recreational plant with proven medical benefits and will never be 'eradicated' no matter how many plants are yanked out of the ground by fat southern Ohio deputies riding around like cowboys on ATVs you and I paid for.
School systems are failing in these counties and unemployment is nearly 20%. If the well-known high quality Meigs cannabis was marketed, taxed and regulated, we'd all be better off.
The hidden costs of cannabis prohibition and the unintended consequences of poor public policy must stop. If our leaders won't end prohibition, we'll have to take action ourselves.
Please check out LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:

United States

#20 Aug 29, 2009
I'm guessing the real party starts at the county garage. Best.Contact Buzz.Ever.

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