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DEA Lays An Egg In Washington State: 5-Day Copter Patrols Net 20 Pot Plants

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director October 7, 2008

    NORML has one of the largest cannabis-related archives in the world and it is replete with headlines that are hysterical, funny, shocking, propagandistic, dumb, witty, ironic and in the case of the front page splash of the September 14 Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles and Sequim area of Washington State), revealing.

    Click here for scanned story: copters.pdf

    5-Day Copter Patrols Net 20 Pot Plants?!

    Wow and with gas being priced such as it is, along with additional personnel and equipment costs, at what cost to the taxpayers is this folly? And, but of course, like most outdoor eradication efforts, no one was arrested for the cultivated cannabis found by the government’s eyes in the sky. Like me, don’t you want to know the per/plant cost to taxpayers for this kind of ineffective eradication efforts? According to the article the DEA funded the helicopter searches and it is unlikely to replicate this scale operation on the OP in the near future because of the paltry amount of plants eradicated.

    By the way, the effort to eradicate cannabis plants growing in the OP was hampered by mountain and sea fog (Can you imagine that on the OP in the early fall?), which is important to note because most years five to six law enforcement personnel unfortunately perish nationwide in ill-fated and totally unnecessary domestic cannabis over flights with fog being cited as a major source of the crashes.

    Let’s all work together to turn these anti-cannabis cowboys in the skies into revenue officers whose only job is to account for cannabis plants (and industrial hemp plants) as a source of regulated commerce and tens of billions annually in tax revenues.

    In fact, the public and politicians should consider replacing an ineffective DEA with FACT:  Firearm, Alcohol, Cannabis and Tobacco, an updated division of ATF at the US Treasury.

    27 Responses to “DEA Lays An Egg In Washington State: 5-Day Copter Patrols Net 20 Pot Plants”

    1. Jim says:

      Right on as usual Allen.

      I wanted to add that they may be using satellite/aircraft mounted multispectral imagers to spot pot now, and small ( a few plants or widely dispersed ) plots are easy to miss. Big plots stand out like a sore thumb.

      I’m not advocating growing. I just hate to see people going through what they do when they’re caught growing a little weed. Really professional how “they” cut off the balls of the guy at Rainbow Farm. Sicko monsters.

      FACT…Gotta love the sound of that.

    2. JohnAdams2 says:

      Our taxpayer dollars at work. This wouldn’t happen if they had to produce results for prohibition. Which is impossible.

    3. Greg says:

      Depending on the helicopters used, hourly operating costs (fuel, maintenance, crew, insurance and debtservice) can run from six hundred bucks up to a thousand bucks an hour. These dimwits from the DEA sure know how to waste OUR tax money! There may be a silver lining on this cloud of financial crisis after all. Maybe now these special interest lackeys come to realize that the war on pot is one waste of tax payer’s money this nation of OURS can no longer afford!

    4. Watch Zeitgeistthe Movie says:

      With America sinking into the next Great Depression you would think they would adjust their priorities. On the other hand for them to keep the music playing while the ship goes down is just what we’ve come expect.

      How the government can justify spending so much to eradicate a herb when we’re 10,300 billion dollars in debt is just beyond me. I mean this is just crazy a good friend of mine has just lost his home and become homeless. Not because he had some sub prime what ever but because the carpet cleaning business he owned went from a dozen calls a day to a couple of calls a week. Meanwhile the same government that thinks nothing of flying around helicopters to destroy a nonexistent plants also has the audacity to claim he is the reason we have to give over a trillion and a half dollars to to the richest people in the world so they won’t lose their homes.

      The government’s basic theory being if Master don’t have a plantation. Who we gonna pick cottin for?

      No one wants the drug war the Fact that we are now heading into a depression is in no small part due to hundreds of billions were spending on a Drug Civil War and the loss of productivity from the 3 million + people most prisoners of the drug war wasting away in our prisons. If those people alone were out contributing to society in stead of consuming government resources they would add another 1.3 trillion dollars to our gross domestic product.

      Forget taxing weed just ending the drug civil war and releasing it’s P.O.Ws would do more for the health and stability of our nation than anything else imaginable.

    5. meow says:

      What a waste of tax dollars

    6. I gotta hand it to them, WHAT A WASTE! here’s a perfectly viable crop (you know like Tobacco) who’s lealization, taxation and commercial sales could pull us right out of debt almost overnight!

      Yet, they keep it illegal and jail people for growing,posessing or smoking it! I thought the ‘new’ limit for growers was 25 plants or more?…I guess the agents involved can’t COUNT!

      I guess when the monetary system TANKS in the US, we know what will be ‘good as gold’ to trade with now don’t we?!

      Damn crazies…taking away the ONE thing out there that makes people happy, what are they thinkin?

    7. Kim says:

      I don’t understand. Just legalize pot. If people want to smoke it at home, fine. Let them grow their own in their own back yard. People have been using drugs and hallucinogenics since the beginning of time and it’s not going to ever stop.

    8. Frank says:

      FACT? The federal government doesn’t have the right to regulate alcohol, tobacco, and argably firearms either. The 9th and 10th amendments leave those duties to the States, not the fed. After this long and painful and costly prohibition, do you really want to give the federal leviathan, which employs the same inept bureaucrats as the DEA, the power to regulate this issue?

    9. warren says:

      redneck juicer or pothead.Who would you want for a neighbor?

    10. Giordano says:

      Maybe someone could donate twenty pot plants to these guys so next time they won’t need to waste our tax money by flying noisy helicopters over otherwise peaceful neighborhoods.

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