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"F*** the growers…Marijuana is still illegal"

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You can't make this up:

San Diego's Narcotics Task Force conducted a marijuana raid in Imperial Beach on Wednesday, and during the operation, a 10News photojournalist spotted an agent wearing a T-shirt with the following writing on the back: "Marijuana Eradication San Diego, CA." Those words were followed by "F*** the growers…Marijuana is still illegal."

Actually, it's not illegal in this case. The grower who was the subject of this raid claims his business is legal under California's voter approved medical marijuana program.

But this raid isn't just a reminder of California's ongoing prohibition against cannabis — it's a glimpse into the mentality that keeps it going. What law enforcement is saying in actions, and now words, is 'F*** the growers,' 'F*** the patients' and 'F*** the voters.'

Here's how else law enforcement has been flipping off growers, patients and voters recently:

  • On Thursday, federal agents raided two medical dispensaries in Los Angeles. 
  • Last week, we learned that over 20,000 Californians were arrested for cannabis charges in 2013.
  • The week before that we found out that a mysterious, state funded task force, which included officers from California's Attorney General's office, conducted warrantless raids on growers on the same day that their boss, Kamala Harris, laughed when asked for her position on legalization.

The only solution? Legalizing it on the ballot in 2016 and putting law enforcement out of the cannabis prohibition business.


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  • commented 2014-10-27 11:37:50 -0700
    Fuck the Police. Too bad the grower didn’t have a machine gun and mow down a bunch of them.
  • commented 2014-10-27 07:30:15 -0700
    @ casey,

    Here is the link to my example

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/10/16/speed-cameras-netting-city-50-million-less-than-expected-emanuel-administration/

    Thia is only onw examle… there are many more nation wide. Not only do they need citizens to break the law, theyou promote it. In addition, some public officials operating the programs at the top sometimes get kickbacks from the the companies that sell the city the security equipment. If you look at it from the perspective of keeping money flowing into the hands of people that control law enforcement you will see that the system is current and must be reformed. Marijuana deserves to be legal but until curruption in the system is reformed, law enforcement is going to continue to fight to keep the money flowing in the direction of law enforcement. They don’t gave a f about other publicly funded agencies. It’s about keeping the money flowing to them, not saving tax payers money.
  • commented 2014-10-27 06:52:56 -0700
    Casey, the point I made is not “my method”, it’s what is actually taking place.
    I didn’t make up the example about Chicago, so Please Google ito becausr it’s real. I know it defeys logic but this is how some agencies behave. If you re_read my point I say that I agree with you. I think you are correct but the problem is that some law enforcement agencies simply do not want to lose funding. You make a logical argument but my point is that the law enforcement agencies are using a different logical set, because their focus is about keeping money flowing into law enforcement angencies, as much as possible. If you can’t understand that it’s because you refuse to see it. I will locate and post the example about Chicago’s 50 million dollar budgeting problem so you can better understand how the system sometimes promotes crime so that it can fund / pay itself.
  • commented 2014-10-27 01:33:34 -0700
    Chris,
    What you mean is the EXACT opposite of what legalizing would do, and completely contradicts the point you are attempting to make… your example involves the state SPENDING a bunch of money in hopes of obtaining more money in fines/fees, and it backfired. How do you compare that, which involves using a bunch of tax dollars to fund, to the legalization, which requires no money to be spent, no man hours, no equipment? That’s essentially setting a trap and hoping you catch something which is hit or miss, (a gamble) and in your example it was a HUGE miss. That method requires people to break the law and is law enforcement basically promoting people to do so. Legalization on the other hand is the exact opposite and almost guaranteed revenue… By almost I mean as long as marijuana is consumed, the state makes money! You also have to consider the HUGE part of the states budget would be freed up by NOT having to spend tax dollars on jury trials and housing misdemeanor drug offenders. I really fail to see how you compare the two… spending money, extra man hours, and more court time vs. signing a bill and sitting back while the money rolls in effortlessly?

    In conclusion. your method = spending money to make money, not saving it.
    Legalization = taxable revenue at no cost to the state or law enforcement agency.
  • commented 2014-10-27 01:07:41 -0700
    It might as well say f**K the law on civil rights. lets get those black people and Asian People Adjective adjective. I think the whole department should be sued to kindom com. This is a form of overt law breaking by people who think they are above the law. In our county we would have those police in jail.
  • commented 2014-10-27 00:06:32 -0700
    Casey Smith, I’m aware of how much money can be made and yes I’ve seen the numbers. I’m suggesting that California law enforcement and law enforcement agencies across the country do not care how much money can be made for “the state”. The agencies only care about how much money stays in the law enforcement community. Money provided by the state and federal government for these agencies means jobs for officers, guards, gun manufactures, car manufactures, contractors and more. These law enforcement agencies provide work for a lot of people. When a practice that was once considered illegal become legal the economic balance of the industry is greatly affected. Don’t think for one second that law enforcement has not considered the financial consequences of legalization. Here is an example of what I mean…

    Casey, recently Chicago purchased millions of dollars worth of surveillance equipment to catch people speeding and running red light in public area such as schools, hospitals and such. However instead of catching more people speeding and breaking other traffic laws, it actually made fewer people break the laws. The public committed fewer infractions and as a consequence the city now has a 50 million dollar deficit. In other words, the city (in particular law enforcement) needs people to break the law to fund itself. You take that example and expand it to a national level and its not difficult to see that law enforcement agencies, prisons and everything else i mentioned above rely on the public breaking laws to sustain itself. Without crime they lose millions of dollars and people lose their jobs. In densely populated regions like California law enforcement makes billions. I understand what you are saying and I agree with you… Your point is true… it could save the state several billion dollars but I’m not speaking about “the state” as a whole… I’m only focusing on law enforcement, and its my opinion that they prefer things the way they are because they actually benefit from the current system. Savings money for the state is less money for law enforcement, and that’s bad news to them. Money in law enforcement is the reason they don’t want to change. California saving money by cutting spending on law enforcement is bad news because much less money is coming to them… so they will continue to obstruct the process until that issue can be reasonably resolved.
  • commented 2014-10-26 23:12:14 -0700
    Actually Chris Warrior you are completely wrong… when legalized and taxed do you have any clue how much money would be generated for the state? The millions Colorado makes from the taxation of legal cannabis greatly surpasses the amount they ever received from any penalties, fines, or fees and all without expense of court time, police effort, or jury trials!
  • commented 2014-10-26 16:27:25 -0700
    Start with the facts. Fact is that federal, state, local, hell any, government cannot use legislation to violate Unalienable Rights. So long as “we the people” tolerate fascism it will continue. For how long now has the lie been told that it had no medical value or uses while they quietly placed a patent on it as a cure for various forms of cancer? This sort of arbitrary tyranny has been endured for too long and it is time to remind those who would rob us that we are both willing and able to defend ourselves.
  • commented 2014-10-26 15:43:21 -0700
    California law enforcement agencies cannot afford to allow a bill to pass that supports legalization. They make millions of dollars issuing fines and citations. They would literally have to layoff people, cut pensions and reduce budget demands from the tax payers. They are feeding the prison industrial complex with these bust. Reform may be good for the people but it sucks for law enforcement. They are willing to break laws to enforce a sick and demonic form of justice that only serves them and literally turns citizens into food for their economic machine. The people must unify and demand / create a fair and balanced system that truly protects and serves the people.
  • commented 2014-10-26 14:53:47 -0700
    to Jeffrey Sarbak, in May of 2012 I went through something very similar to what you are currently going through. I just finished up with it on September 15th of 2014.

    I had a couple of punks do two drive by shootings at my house (10 days apart), I called the Sheriff right after the first one, let them in my house to view the video feeds from my security surveillance system (12 cameras with DVR) that I had installed a few weeks before when these kids first started vandalizing my property.

    The Sheriff’s chopped down my plants and took them along with my grow lights, and I was charged with cultivation (felony 5th), possession of close to 300 grams of cannabis (felony 5th) (most of the weight was actual stalk, not weed and the plants had not even started flowering), also a charge for “TOOLS” (felony 5th), which was for the grow lights… all of which have now been removed from my record.

    They confiscated a 22LR hunting rifle and a small 22LR pistol I had in the house at the time for protection against these kids.

    Between the first and second drive-by’s, I had a total of 18 bullet holes in my 2 cars and house, and even though I told the Sheriff’s exactly who the kids were, they didn’t do a damn thing as far as going after them… fortunately the did another drive-by in another county, and that police department had them in custody by the next morning.

    FYI: a half hour after they left my house the first time along with all my stuff, I called the same friend that loaned me the weapons they took, and he brought me over a 9mm pistol and a 16 gauge pump shotgun… when they did the second drive-by, I returned fire and blew out a window and left holes in the rear bumper.

    What I’ve learned is the next time I will take justice into my own hands and let the cards fall where they may!!!
  • commented 2014-10-26 13:43:58 -0700
    I want everyone to remember that the current President and Governor have been lying to use. They claim that they will allow the state voters to approve such things and won’t tamper at all. That is a pile of garbage just like anything Eric Holder and the President says. Yes, put it on the ballot but make sure the entire country puts it on the ballot because Federal Law overrules state law, and we need 2/3’s of states to approve and castrate the federal law. This Governor has zero problem not enforcing immigration law because it is a federal jurisdiction, and has no problem giving illegal immigrants drivers licenses and not calling the feds about illegal immigrants statuses because that is the Feds job, so why won’t the Governor tell the state authorities to ignore federal law???
  • commented 2014-10-26 13:40:29 -0700
    Jeffrey Sarbak…… This is super fucked up. Sorry you have to deal with this bullshit. Best wishes to you and your wife to get through this successfully. Stay strong and keep your head high—you’ve done nothing wrong.
  • commented 2014-10-25 10:42:27 -0700
    You don’t have to go to San Diego to see scumbag drug warriors violating Prop 215 and SB420 guidelines, pay attention here in Alameda County.
    Livermore Police arrested me and my wife for felony cultivation after reporting a robbery and violent assault in spite of having protection against arrest by participating in the Alameda County Health Department cannabis card program. After withholding evidence I was a victim for over a year, I now have photographic proof they not only caught the assailants with burglary tools, a mask covered in cannabis leaves, a crowbar used to hit and possible stab me, matching bags to steal my cannabis with cannabis debris, and a MATCHING GLOVE IN THE TRUCK to a glove found in my back yard.
    Livermore Police Detective Marco Esquivel dropped the case against these folks and the Special Operations Task Force came back after us.
    I invite everyone to my first hearing where I’ll be able to present this in court 1/8/15 Dept 704 @2:00PM Alameda County Superior Court Pleasanton Courthouse Annex.

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