Police snuff out multi-million dollar marijuana grow on Mt. Diablo Around Town, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Sep 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm
With the help of volunteers and a keen eye, State Parks Police and Contra Costa County sheriffs raided a marijuana growing operation on Mount Diablo last week, netting between $3 million and $5 million in plants. Between 2,000 and 3,000 plants were removed from the northeast quadrant of the park.
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Posted by Alan's Neighbor, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Sep 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm
What a huge waste of taxpayer's money, I would be interested in knowing how much this cost us. I got a kick out of the fact they had "over 100 volunteers" helping to clean things up...hummm, now what would those "volunteers" be doing? I have a feeling more than one of them went home with their pockets stuffed with the devil weed. As for Alan's snarky comment, he fails to realize that each year a growing percentage of Americans favor decriminalization and it is only a matter of time until his generation of voters will be in the minority. I have known "potheads" and "alcoholics" and both have damaged lives, but they are in the minority. Most of us indulge responsibly. Alan wants to make the rules for all of us, unfortunately.
Posted by Derek, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:47 am
As usual on these boards, you folks seem to be straying somewhat from the subject, so let's get some facts straight:
1) The land on which the pot was growing was not the grower's to be using, period. He/she/they were trespassing when they planted their little farm.
2) And this is the more important part, already this year an innocent person was shot by someone running an illegal grow in northern CA. With the money involved, these growers will defend their land with lethal force, something people like Collins and "Alan's neighbor" seem to ignore.
3) Much of the pot grown on these illegal plots is contaminated with herbicides, so by all means smoke up. But you don't want your teenagers doing it.
4) The growers are criminals. This is a separate issue from those smoking pot.
Posted by Sharon, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:19 am
Derek, since you have so successfully re focused this thread back to topic, I thought I would share that the volunteers were Contra Costa County Search and Rescue Volunteers. Dedicated folks who take time out of their lives and commit to rigorous, ongoing training to support the sheriff's department in many aspects involving community safety. All joking aside - this was hard work for them, they take their responsibility seriously and we are so lucky to have them.
Want to join up? Call the Sherriff's Department for info!
Posted by Alan's Neighbor, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Sep 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm
Derek...you are absolutely correct, enterprises of this sort probably have no place on Mt. Diablo but I doubt a grower is going to kill Joe Hiker from Rossmore and think that will save his patch, I believe rather the grower would flee, as these growers obviously did. I think the record will show most fatalities occur in California when the sheriffs shoot the growers while they are fleeing. Most of us in Blackhawk have 2 or 3 pots (no pun intended) growing in our backyard and our gardeners know to leave those plants alone. It's kind of fun because it's the only shrub I get to trim on my whole lot! Oh, and one of our neighbors makes his own beer (which is pretty good) and my other neighbor (a plastic surgeon) owns 5 acres in Napa and grows grapes...we have avoided all regulation and enjoy the freedom from taxation. Lastly, one of my friends recently retired and decided to be a SAR volunteer and he says he always welcomes a call at 2:00 A.M. to help find a lost hiker, but would not tramp around Mt. Diablo picking up sprinkler pipe.
Posted by Alamo Dad, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2011 at 8:44 am
@Alan's Neighbor: So 'most' people in Blackhawk (over half) have pot plants growing in their backyard which they cultivate themselves? Therefore, at least the way the law is written now, 'most' of the people in Blackhawk are felons, and as a pot plant growing in a container in your yard is a felony in progress, a search warrant is not necessary to enter your premises and search. Good to know these things.
Posted by Derek, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Indeed Alamo Dad. Who would have ever thought those clean-living Black-Hawkian's were stoners? It brings a smile to my face!
Seriously, I do think it's way past time to legalize it fully, which might cut down substantially on illegal plots. One other thing the growers of large illicit farms often do is pull water out of small streams, which also harms the adjacent environment - along with runoff from the herbicide use I mentioned before.
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm
Marijuana has been used in various civilizations for thousands of years. So has alcohol, magic mushrooms, chocolate, coffee, tea, and many other substances that alter consciousness. It might be better to focus energy on education, technology, manufacturing and other areas that will help make our people and nation more prosperous and globally competitive.