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Thousands of marijuana plants eradicated in San Mateo County

Original post made on Oct 4, 2011

About $1.5 million of marijuana was eradicated from five grow sites found in isolated spots in San Mateo County through an annual marijuana eradication operation, San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force officials said Monday.

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Posted by Joe Republican
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Legalize it and this will stop. And the tax monies used for funding this operation could go twards something more useful. Come on people... get with it. The right to alcohol and tobbacco consumption is ok but marijuana is not? I call BS.


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Posted by John
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

"Legalize it and this will stop"

True enough. Same thing with opium poppies and use of derived opiates for personal medicinal purposes. Psilocybin mushrooms and peyote are great for spiritual health. The coca plant has many beneficial effects. Of couse, all of the above can become abused, but that is up to the user. If all drugs were legalized, and society demanded personal responsibility, with absolutely no public health interventions for the abusers, then we could avoid all these law enforcement costs, as well as all the money being spent on so-called rehabilitation programs.

I personally know people who are completely hooked on pot, but that is their problem...until they want public welfare, because they cannot get motivated enough to get/keep a job. If we, as a society, would just simply cut them off the public tit, and let them starve, I think the libertarian (legalization) approach would work. However, if we cannot get to that point, then it is better to enforce prohibition.


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Posted by bad idea
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Keep chopping down the plants and it will stop too.

Someone please tell me why the AMA or governing body over the doctors who prescribe marijuana have not been audited. Do they hide behind HIPPA laws? Only after the blatant abuse of handing out "medicinal marijuana" cards to anyone with a pulse (aka 18-25 year olds with knee/back/insomnia etc problems) will I be in favor of allowing its use.


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Posted by @ bad idea
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I was rear ended really bad and messed my leg and my back up pretty bad. Doctor said try vicodin and a few other strong pain relievers which helped with the pain but would make me vomit alot, wouldnt allow me to sleep and I felt myself starting to become dependent on the pain pills. I hate it when people think patients fake pain just to get stoned. Given the alternative medical MJ isnt that bad of an idea plus they have ointments and edibles since I prefer not to smoke. Would you rather give someone vicodin or morphine or marijuana? I choose marijuana.


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Posted by bad idea
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Sounds like you would have nothing to worry about if your Doc is audited, and I do not mind someone in your situation having access to marijuana. But do not be stupid and say that people do not blatantly abuse the "pain" excuse. People DO fake it, plain and simple. My guess would be more than those (like yourself) who actually need it. That is my point.


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I have no problem with legalized dispenseries, with a prescription, as long as we can stop doctors from freely handing out prescriptions to anyone that wants one, and we can strictly monitor the dispensing of pot ONLY to those with prescriptions. From what I have read so far, the controls on existing dispenseries need to be tightened before we start proliferating them.

As for legalizing pot, I refer to what my grandfather used to say, "We already have one legalized drug, and look how much damage it does. Do we REALLY need another?" He was a wise man. I know how I will vote this election on THAT issue.


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Posted by Michelle
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:12 am

I'm 23, graduated from a UC with 2 majors and minor, and am currently working and going to law school. I speak 5 languages. I have not missed one day of work, school, or a homework assignment, and I smoke everyday. Most of my friends are college graduates, professionals, and also smoke everyday. Do you think if we substituted alcohol for marijuana we would even still be alive? Don't let decades of government brainwashing let you equivocate the "dangers" of marijuana with the actual 7.5 million people who die worldwide from tobacco and alcohol each year (source: WHO). Try to find one person who has died from marijuana in its 5000 years of use. If more people like myself "came out," maybe you would see that the 1.6 million people who smoke in California aren't jobless idiots sitting around the house.


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Posted by Prohibition works?
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

"my grandfather used to say, "We already have one legalized drug, and look how much damage it does. Do we REALLY need another?""

Your grandpap was/is a wise man.

He also knows/knew how much DAMAGE was done to our country with the efforts to PROHIBIT that drug (alcohol.)

Prohibition doesn't work. History shows us over and over. Want reduced usage, better control on usage by children, less prisoners to pay for, better respect for the rule of law?

Your homework assignment: Prohibition, by Ken Burns. On several PBS channels this week.

Discuss.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

to Michelle - better start working on curtailing your habit. Almost every law firm in the area will require drug testing as part of the application processs...


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Posted by bad idea
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

.....1.6 million who smoke aren't jobless idiots sitting around the house.....

All that education and this is your argument? Citing your references, in true law school fashion, and then end with your own baseless "fact" characterizing 1.6 million people as hard working and intelligent as you claim to be? Must have smoked half way through your blog.


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Posted by Legalize It
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

As Ken Burns' script in PBS' Prohibition stated, legalize it and you can regulate it. I saw many parallels in the series to the present day situation with marijuana. Sales of supplies--grow lights, filters, fans, irrigation systems just as the former breweries during Prohibition sold malt syrup, hops, and yeast . . . brew your own.
California vineyards sold grapes to home vintners. All illegal, but people did it anyhow, just like today. MJ used to be legal!


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Posted by Prohibition works?
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Oct 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

During prohibition, America imported more cocktail shakers than ever.

Prohibition doesn't work.

""Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits"

Burns and Novick then follow this up with another line by Twain:

"Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky.

It is the prohibition that makes anything precious."


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Posted by prohibitionworks
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Oct 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

The prohibition is good for the great good of all.


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Posted by Prohibition works?
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Oct 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm

"The prohibition is good for the great good of all."

No, it is not.

It doesn't prohibit or restrict access for children, in fact it makes access easier for a child than getting legal alchol. It fills our jails. It's expensive. It lowers respect for the rule of law.

Look at the billions spent on the war on "drugs" and the collapse waste of money and human capital, and failure of that "war."

"Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky.

It is the prohibition that makes anything precious."


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Posted by prohibitionworks
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Oct 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

There are a lot of important things that are of precious to us, if one only thinks this is above all, and when they can not get it, they think as if it is precious, but only it's just their perceived illusions .


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Posted by Prohibition works?
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Oct 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

"There are a lot of important things that are of precious to us, if one only thinks this is above all, and when they can not get it, they think as if it is precious, but only it's just their perceived illusions ."


By chance, did you spark one up before you attempted that thought?


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Posted by prohibitionworks
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Oct 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I have never seen and tasted one before,wondering what is good about it except it would make you dumb when you are old.


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Posted by Prohibition works?
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Oct 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

"I have never seen ... one before..."

Oh, so YOU'RE the one who's never even seen one before. I always wondered who was so sheltered they were the ONE who had never seen.

I've always heard there was one. That clearly makes you special.

thanks for sharing!

just curious: how does one make it through these modern times without ever seeing someone spark up a bowlful outside class, share a doob outside a club or bar? Without walking along at night on your evening constitutional and eventually wondering what that vaguely skunky/sweet smell you sometimes encounter in your neighborhood? Having an extended family reunion and wondering why certain groups of the family or friends disappear for ten minutes, etc..


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Posted by prohibitionworks
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Oct 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm

we were growing up in a country where they punish pot smoker with death penalty.


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Posted by Get It??
a resident of Gunn High School
on Oct 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm

The turf wars, killings and beheadings will still continue in Mexico per our USA consumption...


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Posted by no!!!!!!!!
a resident of Professorville
on Oct 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

No,i don't,i don't,it should not be this way....


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 6, 2011 at 4:49 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

How many beer distributorships have been settled by tommygun fire, no!!!!!!!?
Wouldn't you like controlled strength drugs?
As for Mexico, Del Monte would take over the drug trade down there, and the cartels would move into prostitution and porn where they belong.


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