The War on Marijuana = Federal $$$ for Local Cops

If you've ever wondered how police departments can afford to send so many officers off into the woods looking for pot plants, the Wall Street Journal just figured it out:

IGO, Calif.—Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, his budget under pressure in a weak economy, has laid off staff, reduced patrols and even released jail inmates. But there's one mission on which he's spending more than in recent years: pot busts.

The reason is simple: If he steps up his pursuit of marijuana growers, his department is eligible for roughly half a million dollars a year in federal anti-drug funding, helping save some jobs. The majority of the funding would have to be used to fight pot. Marijuana may not be the county's most pressing crime problem, the sheriff says, but "it's where the money is."

Every year, more money is spent and more marijuana is discovered. The growers then respond by planting still more. New records are set every harvest season, keeping growers and the police who pursue them steadily employed. The big losers in this ridiculous cycle of idiocy are the taxpayers, who spend billions on this stupid self-perpetuating escapade while neighborhood crimes go unsolved.

Just because some people think legalizing marijuana might "send the wrong message," we're instead stuck in a massive domestic war that we can't afford, and we're losing worse every year. Meanwhile, cops and criminals just continue cashing in.

For more, check out this interesting exchange between MPP's Mike Meno and a California reporter who's been following the story.

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this story makes me sick

this story makes me sick Sheriff Tom Bosenko is willing to ruin the rest of some ones life just to get Money to keep a few cops on the job this son of a bitch should be fired his priorities are clearly screwed up

Send the wrong message

Whenever anyone uses the phrase "sends the wrong message", it means that they agree with you but believe it would be better to lie to people to try and control their behavior. When is that EVER the better way? Let's start telling people the truth and educating them instead of trying to control them.

Peace and love

Makes you wonder if...

... what if law enforcement hires people to plant said weed in the woods. Then said law enforcement goes and "captures" said weed. Easy-peasy big bucks for the law enforcement units. Would be an easy way to keep themselves paid well, and employed. What's to stop them from doing that?

Terrible choices being made

Choosing to bust peaceful non-violent people and screw up their lives in order to get federal tax dollars is about the worst possible choice any decent caring person could possibly make! It is completely irrelevant that County Sheriff Tom Bosenko is operating within the law since the law is itself wrong. I think our Fed taxes should be drastically reduced if one of the main things they are going to do with our money is to use it enforce bad laws upon us. It's a lot like the mafia forcing people to pay for protection - when they are the ones that people need protection from. Just leave us alone - We're not hurting anyone and that includes ourselves! I enjoy marijuana more than just about anything else in my life. I'd even go so far as to say that in order for me to live a happy and fulfilled life, I need to get that buzz on from time to time. With the exception of smoking marijuana, I am a good law-abiding citizen and should be treated as such - me and the thousands (maybe millions) like me.

Tip of the iceberg

[email protected],Vancouver,B.C.CanadaI wonder if he was asked how much cash his dept. got from seizures they acquired during the drug raids to find this marijuana?I know when I was dealing the cops used to pocket my money and ask me if I had anything to say about it.Then there was the eight ounces of heroin that went "missing".No drug pusher is going to complain that his drugs were stolen or his money taken for obvious reasons.Now they grab homes,cars,boats,property and it's the person who's property is taken who has to make the case that the seized property was obtained legally,without the use of money obtained in the commission of crime.Good luck doing that in the same court that you are appearing on a drug warrant.

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