Multi-Million Dollar Grow Busted in Alabama

Friday, October 10th, 2008

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has uncovered a mult-million dollar indoor pot operation which has been growing marijuana in a warehouse for three years.

Deputies raided the building at 911 41st Street North in Birmingham Thursday night after a two month investigation.

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Full article.

The article states that between 400 and 500 plants were confiscated. I’m a little skeptical over the assessed value of the pot, but I think it has been pretty well established by now that our government vastly overinflates the value of street drug seizures. The part of the article about the pot being able to cause “LSD-like hallucinations” would be humorous if it weren’t for the large contingent of ignorant folk who believe statements like this.

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Drug War Continues to Fail Spectacularly

Friday, October 10th, 2008

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The White House drug czar’s office, aka the Office of National Drug Control Policy, has been claiming loudly and frequently for several years now that its aggressive anti-marijuana campaign has been a rousing success. As deputy ONDCP director Scott Burns put it in a recent California newspaper interview, “drug use is down in the United States dramatically since 2001 by every barometer and indicator that we use. … Twenty-four percent reduction in marijuana use by young people 12 to 18 years old.”

Uh, not quite.

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Full article here.

Border guards seize $2.5M worth of marijuana

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

From the article:

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Chief Ron Smith of the Detroit offices of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the drugs were sealed in 602 individual plastic packages. “The people packing them hope that they’re airtight so that it reduces the scent. In this case, they were vacuum-sealed,” Smith said.

“It doesn’t always work for them because once you have a substance like that, as you’re packing it the scent actually gets on the outside of the packaging too.”

The total weight of the drugs seized was 327 kilograms.

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Medical Marijuana User’s Stash Stolen by the Police

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Article here.

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Associated Press

A medical marijuana user has filed a $1-million lawsuit against Seal Beach police for taking up to 50 of his pot plants and allegedly forcing him to become an informant.

The Orange County Superior Court lawsuit filed last month by Bruce Benedict, 43, of Seal Beach, said he’s a marijuana patient and caregiver who is allowed by California law to grow and distribute marijuana.

Benedict alleged he called police because of illegal construction in his apartment building and officers smelled marijuana. County prosecutors refused to file charges so officers returned to Benedict’s apartment later with federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents in tow, according to the suit.

The pot was confiscated and Benedict was arrested. California law allows medical marijuana but federal law prohibits it.

Benedict’s suit said police officers asked him to move out of the city and become an informant in various drug matters. Benedict complied, alleging police told him he would face federal charges if he didn’t work for them.

The city has declined comment.
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News Story: 2007 Cannabis Arrests in US at All Time High

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Article Here

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Your Tax Dollars at Work – 2007 Set New Record for Marijuana Busts

Just say no.

According to FBI figures released last week, 2007 was a terrific year for the War on Drugs (unlike the Wars on Terror and Poverty, which showed mixed results). Last year, police arrested over 1.8 million people for “drug abuse violations,” of which 17.5% were for dealing. That means approximately 1.5 million Americans were detained for simple possession of a product they chose to buy. Of those, over 872,000 were busted for pot, the least offensive illicit intoxicant in history.
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It is absolutely disgraceful that a country so advanced as the United States would spend so many resources on persecuting their own citizens.

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