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August 18, 2005

National Marijuana Parks

An Associated Press story from Phoenix Tuesday reported that Gila County narcs had spotted their sixth marijuana farm in Coconino National Forest this year. Task Force Commander Steve Craig commented that they "seem to be the marijuana growing capitol of Arizona." Defendants busted from the previous five grows are all Mexicans in the country illegally, and are facing sentences up to ten years. If US Attorney Paul Charlton is to be believed, some of them were using assault weapons to guard their crops. All in all, the grows so far this year have had more than 83,800 plants. And the latest one is in a heavily forested canyon that is so steep that Craig's task force is having to airlift the plants out, an operation which they expect to take at least a week. Robin Poague, Forest Service law enforcement chief for Arizona and New Mexico, says the cultivation hurts the environment too, because the growers use pesticides and other chemicals that are harmful to forest vegetation.

No on quoted in the story pointed out that the Parks don't have a problem with assault weapon toting, pesticide-using growers planting hidden fields of strawberries or corn or wheat -- crops which are legal. If marijuana were legal then this sort of thing wouldn't happen with that crop either.

KPHO Phoenix, a CBS affiliate, is one outlet that ran the story. (The link points to a text article, but with at least two video links at the bottom right that I haven't checked out.) If you know of any other outlets running this or related stories, please post that information back here. I wasn't able to find any e-mail addresses or feedback forms, but that doesn't mean they aren't there -- please post that info too if you find it. I have initiated a thread on KPHO's online forums, in the Valley News section.

- Dave Borden, DRCNet

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National Marijuana Parks

An Associated Press story from Phoenix Tuesday reported that Gila County narcs had spotted their sixth marijuana farm in Coconino National Forest this year. Task Force Commander Steve Craig commented that they "seem to be the marijuana growing capitol of Arizona." Defendants busted from the previous five grows are all Mexicans in the country illegally, and are facing sentences up to ten years. If US Attorney Paul Charlton is to be believed, some of them were using assault weapons to guard their crops. All in all, the grows so far this year have had more than 83,800 plants. And the latest one is in a heavily forested canyon that is so steep that Craig's task force is having to airlift the plants out, an operation which they expect to take at least a week. Robin Poague, Forest Service law enforcement chief for Arizona and New Mexico, says the cultivation hurts the environment too, because the growers use pesticides and other chemicals that are harmful to forest vegetation.

No on quoted in the story pointed out that the Parks don't have a problem with assault weapon toting, pesticide-using growers planting hidden fields of strawberries or corn or wheat -- crops which are legal. If marijuana were legal then this sort of thing wouldn't happen with that crop either.

KPHO Phoenix, a CBS affiliate, is one outlet that ran the story. (The link points to a text article, but with at least two video links at the bottom right that I haven't checked out.) If you know of any other outlets running this or related stories, please post that information back here. I wasn't able to find any e-mail addresses or feedback forms, but that doesn't mean they aren't there -- please post that info too if you find it. I have initiated a thread on KPHO's online forums, in the Valley News section.

- Dave Borden, DRCNet

Posted by dborden725 at 07:25 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack