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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

ONDCP Endorses Outdoor Bud

They might not go that far, but let's see if you get as big of a laugh out of this post title from the Drug Czar's blog as I did.

Marijuana Growers = Energy Thieves
On Monday, the Press-Enterprise newspaper ran a story on how indoor pot growers are hijacking energy from their unsuspecting neighbors.
Well, as long as we have good reasons to continue our Drug War. Like chasing down thieves who are stealing the energy because it is illegal to grow marijuana. What a joke. More from the article. [emphasis mine]

However, the suspects -- seven arrested so far -- allegedly stole more than $30,000 worth of electricity per home over several months.

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Gordon Taylor, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Sacramento, said his agency has raided 50 indoor marijuana-growing sites in Northern California in the last year or so.

In every instance, the suspects had tapped into the power lines and bypassed the meters, stealing $3,000 to $4,000 worth of electricity per month per home, Taylor said.

"There are a number of people in California who don't view marijuana as a very serious drug, but you have to look at the big picture," he said. "It's not just about use."
God forbid journalist actually ever call these folks out on their lies. Of course it is about use. It is completely about use according to drug warriors. We have laws in place to prevent use, for the explicit reason given that drug use causes all sorts of societal problems. Those of us who have eyes and the ability to reason can see that this isn't the case, rather it's the exact opposite, but the prohibitionist case depends completely on reducing use through coercive means. You can't argue with that, and for a DEA official to claim otherwise is stunning in my opinion. Sounds like someone from above is trying out a new argument on the public. I wouldn't be surprised if this effort is especially prevalent in states like California with lax marijuana laws, medicinal marijuana laws, etc.

To repeat myself--It isn't the marijuana that causes people to steal electricity, it's the illegal nature of the drug that forces the production underground. Full article here.

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