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Friday, July 11, 2008

Winning the War on Drugs

posted by on July 11 at 11:01 AM

In the deepest, darkest woods of California.

One armed man was shot and killed and two others escaped on foot into the brush during a raid this morning on a marijuana patch in the hills south of Saratoga, a Santa Clara County sheriff’s lieutenant said.

The shooting happened when five deputies and 15 other officers confronted the men at the patch around 7:30 a.m., Lt. Ed Wise said.

It was not immediately known if the men fired at officers or how many shots were fired, or by whom, Wise said.

“The deputies started to enter a large marijuana garden and encountered three subjects armed with guns,” Wise said. “During the encounter, shots were fired. One subject was shot and fatally wounded and two others fled on foot.”

To point out something obvious to everyone but agents who killed this guy, pot growers like these ones are armed so they can defend themselves from agents who shoot first and face a press that doesn’t ask questions later. That and the black market for pot creates 1920s style turf wars, which drives gangs to grow it in secluded woods instead of the fields of the Napa Valley, where the pot should be grown, next to the grape vines. Then we could have wine and pot tours…

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Hey Dominic, have you read the current Harper's? Specifically, the story about the Daniel Boone Nat'l Forest? There's some very interesting drug-war-related stuff in there.

Posted by Levislade | July 11, 2008 11:07 AM

No, no fucking potheads messing up my fucking Napa Wine Tour!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 11, 2008 11:22 AM

They shot a one armed man?

Posted by Jerod | July 11, 2008 11:28 AM

Then we could have wine and pot tours

Dare to dream, you silly, brilliant man...

Posted by Mike in MO | July 11, 2008 11:36 AM

Why did they shoot and kill the One armed man?

I thought he was found innocent of killing the doctor's wife ..

Are you saying Harrison Ford isn't guilty?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 11, 2008 12:15 PM

....or you could just stop smoking pot. I mean, if the idea of people getting shot so that you can get high is so offensive, maybe you could do something legal instead. Just a wacky idea.

Posted by Y.F. | July 11, 2008 12:21 PM

@6 - I buy mine from a jPod member's mom. BC Bud, grown within a mile of my alma mater.

Any drug traffickers killed died by accident.


She's a nice lady.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 11, 2008 12:53 PM

GOD, wine and pot tours!! you have my vote for senate, Dominic!

Posted by josh b | July 11, 2008 2:52 PM

Um... "Pot growers are armed so they can defend themselves against agents who shoot first"

Agents who shoot first at the armed pot growers? Is this surprising?

Posted by balloonman | July 11, 2008 9:00 PM

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