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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

That's the Sound of the Men Trying to Get More Money

'Pot in state a growing problem':
Seizures of marijuana plants statewide more than doubled to 296,611 last year, a trend that unabated could see Washington rival California as the nation's No. 1 producer of the illicit drug, state and federal drug agents warn.[...]

Since then, it's only gotten worse for the Golden State, where 3 million plants were seized last year, said Duran, who spoke this week to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, which held its annual spring conference at the Yakima Convention Center.

"It's kind of the prediction for our future," Duran said. "It's going to get worse before it gets better."[...]

"And compared to California, we have very limited resources," he added. "They do marijuana eradication for six months straight while we're lucky if we can afford to do it for five weeks."

The top counties for outside marijuana production in 2007 include Klickitat, Yakima, Grant, Franklin and Skamania. Law enforcement said marijuana growers prefer remote tribal areas. Last year, 102,379 plants were seized on tribal lands, much of it from the Yakama reservation.
I'm not sure what problem is growing -- other than the reporter's use of puns -- but I'm assuming from the article that the problem is that more pot is being seized in the state. Humm...I've got an idea. How about news reporters do a little leg work and investigate the allegations of officials. Like, why is the fact that marijuana farming is increasing in the state a problem? Is it costing lives, destroying private property, etc? Or is it just a problem because it's illegal, and everyone knows that doing illegal things is a problem. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

On the other hand we get this out of Hawaii -- Hawaii County Council action ends marijuana eradication program:
HILO, Hawaii (AP) _ The Hawaii County Council has rejected a state and federally funded marijuana eradication program.

The annual ``Green Harvest'' program began 30 years ago on the Big Island.

Many residents have opposed the program, saying the low-flying helicopter missions invade privacy and disrupt rural life.

Critics also say it has done little to eradicate marijuana and has even promoted use of other drugs, such as crystal methamphetamine, or ``ice.''
Now that makes sense.

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