News Speaking of Pot Reports
posted by July 5 at 15:43 PMon
There’s a beautiful picture of a grow operation on the cover of today’s Seattle Times. And you gotta love the caption…
A bud bonanza in Seattle: More than 950 marijuana plants were found in this South Seattle home in October 2005. Grow lights were powered by pirated electricity tapped from an electrical mainline and fed through a power panel shown at right rear. The panel was specially created to bypass the home’s electrical meter. The home’s occupant was convicted in federal court for growing marijuana and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Apparently it’s big news that people are growing pot indoors around here—which people do because growing pot outdoors is a hell of a lot riskier—and the Seattle Times lets us know that B.C. Bud has “a new cousin”: King County Bud. And the Seattle Times wants us to rest assured, of course, that the feds are on the case…
Since 2005, federal and state agents have raided more than 100 large-scale grow houses in the Seattle area, yielding a bumper crop of more than 41,000 plants, according to the White House drug czar’s office. Police last month found the biggest yet, a 1,500-plant grow that consumed most of a 3,800-square-foot house.
The story in today’s Seattle Times details—no, it glorifies—the work being done to root out grow operations in our area. The busts, the people going to jail, what we’ve learned, how we can fight this scourge. The effort has, of course, eaten up massive amounts of local and federal law enforcement time, landed a bunch of poor motherfuckers in jail, and cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. And no where in the piece does the Seattle Times mention, oh, the sheer ridiculous futility of all of this.
Oooh! The police busted a 1,500-plant grow! And sent some poor bastard to jail for three years! Guess that means no one’s gonna be smoking any of that marijuana ‘round these parts for a long, long time, huh?
How many times can daily paper run the same fucking credulous piece of shit story about brave DEA agents busting pot grows? Hello, Seattle Times? Are you in the business of informing your readers or are you in the business of disseminating anti-pot propaganda for the White House Drug Policy Office? We’ve wasted decades and billions of dollars busting pot farmers, dealers, and users, and what do we have to show for it? Marijuana is the most widely available drug in the country. It’s fucking everywhere—and it’s cheap and it’s potent and we will never “successfully” eradicate it. Never.
Credit where credit is due, Seattle Times: You do mention, late in the piece, that pot is $1 billion per-year crop in Washington state, worth more annually “more than wheat and potatoes combined.” But you sandwich that happy fact between quotes from brave DEA agents, leaving it to the reader to infer that their efforts are a waste of time.
Where are the quotes from a pro-decriminalization organizations? Local pot smokers? The large and growing number of Americans who, despite decades of slanted and biased coverage like this, have concluded that the war on drugs is a waste of time, money, and lives? If I wanted to read White House Drug Policy Office press releases I could go to their fucking website. Do I really need to read them on yours?