Friday, December 02, 2005

Plan America

Today's Boston Globe featured an article about the rise in dangerous marijuana grow operations taking place in California's national parks.

These illegal plantations, National Park Service officials say, are the product of sophisticated Latin American drug organizations, which have turned to remote sites in the West to avoid increased attention to cross-border traffic since the Sept. 11 attacks. Several national parks, including Yosemite, have discovered marijuana within their boundaries, but few have been as heavily infiltrated as Sequoia.

Last month, officials from Tulare County, gateway to Sequoia, pleaded with a House national parks subcommittee to create a $5.5 million task force to fight marijuana cultivation on park land and lobbied for the increased use of helicopters to find the fields. The National Park Service has budgeted $764,000 to fight the drug cultivation in its parks, which was discovered in 2001 and has been increasing since.

Good Article. But I wish it had just briefly mentioned one of the safest and cheapest ways to solve this problem. Legalizing Marijuana or even decriminalizing the cultivation of a small marijuana grow for personal use would help to eradicate these grow ops in a way that promotes common sense and avoids violent conflict. Americans want to grow and use marijuana and hemp for industrial, medicinal, nutritional and recreational purposes. Americans are buying this marijuana, illegal or not. So why deprive Americans the right of growing an organic plant right next to their tomatoes in a safe environment?

It really does amaze me every day that marijuana laws are enforced with such ludicrous ferocity. People need to understand and speak up about the fact that this plant was made illegal based on lies and racism. And that is what people are afraid of, irrationally afraid of an organic plant because they were lied to about it. Billions of dollars wasted, millions of lives ruined, and to top it all off, Latin American Drug Cartels armed with Ak-47's are growing ganja in the United States National Parks. Applause to the ONDCP, DEA, and John Walters for doing such a great job keeping marijuana out of America. And lets not forget good old Harry for being such a racist liar.

  • There are 100,000 marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.
- Harry Anslinger, testifying to Congress, 1937

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