Pot farms in California forest raided, dozens arrested
About 292,000 marijuana plants were found in the raid.
July 26th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

Pot farms in California forest raided, dozens arrested

Nearly 80 people have been arrested in the largest marijuana-eradication law enforcement operation in California history, several local reports say. About 292,000 plants have been discovered, Justice Department spokeswoman Michelle Gregory told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

Raids involving local, state and federal authorities have been going on for days in the Mendocino National Forest in remote, mountainous areas in Glenn, Colusa, Tehama, Mendocino, Lake and Trinity counties, according to the Tehama County Daily News.

Officials are beginning the massive cleanup of the sites, which have suffered environmental damage, the Daily News and Press-Democrat report.

The idea for the operation reportedly came after a public meeting in Covelo in north Mendocino County in 2010. Residents said that armed people had confronted them in and around the forest. Hikers and ranchers also said they had been shot at when they mistakenly walked into areas where marijuana was being grown, the Press-Democrat reports.

It's unclear who the growers might be.

Pot farms on national forests have been a problem in California and across the country for years.

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  1. QuietStormX

    Wow, with all the money and resourses being spent it took complaints from the public to instances of people getting accosted or shot at in that area. Not the police or Federal officials finding this production farm. All the money being spent on pot that you can't OD on and just gives you a nice buzz. I just think this is a waste of money and time! And if the police were doing their jobs there wou;d be no chance to start a farm on Federal or State land.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Annunaki

    we live in a salved society,this whole system is corupted, your life is in there little box the systems will take and own everything you think is yours, hope the new age detroy this beast and all that worship it.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duh

      A.) Learn how to spell.
      B.) Shut up.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |

      DIGG THAT!!!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ape Lincoln

      Man what a waste, I would love some of that.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. weewee

    l Legalize!! (duuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)

    July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • twinkies!

      If they legalized it the price would drop and too many people would lose money on both sides. I think the powers that be know that they can make more money maintaining a black market for weed and throwing money at a fuitile war on drugs! But hey, if they cant pass a budget or raise the debt limit were all gonna have to do something! I think you know what I'll do...........

      July 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shinzakura

      News flash: legalizing is not going to stop this. Law enforcement will. Legalizing will only mitigate the problem, but not stop it.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TheManInSanFran

    What a waste... of tax dollars and good bud.... when will the insanity stop?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Displeased

      Well, in this case, when the growers who are using public parks stop shooting at hikers.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaci

      I agree whole heartedly!!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Janet Reno


    There was also a study done by the U.S. government showing the same thing form as far back as 1975. You are the stupid, uneducated one if you didn't already know that THC killed cancer. Educated yourself, "stupid" to quote you.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Byrd

    Yeah, I guess the last thing we'd ever want to do is green our deserts, and spend $20 billion annually to keep them that way.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hippypoet

    o look at the amount of people saying it does infact kill cancer type cells... and they post the site where some more info can be found... yet people who post say'n it doesn't... anyone else confused! maybe i'll just go toke one..make my head feel better!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      And how many of these people saying this stuff actually work in cancer research? I'd be willing to guess not many if not none. And, all the links and info on the web are a lot of "if's" and "possibly's". There is no solid definitive proof that it would in fact be a viable cancer treatment. THC binds to receptors on the cell and sometimes signals a process call "autophagy". Autophagy can lead to apoptosis (sudden cell death) but as often as it causes cell death, it also equally promotes cell survival. The process is very indiscriminate, and uncontrollable. But, by all means, please listen to the comment board expert (janet reno). LOL.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      I am a PhD in GPCR research with a masters in neuroscience. extracellular is correct the only problem is that the research is indeed in its infancy and has been held back for soooooooooooo long.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. larry

    what a world, what a world, what a world

    July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cb

    Good for them. It should be legal, but Until it's legal, the government should protect the citizens from being shot at and confronted. If the drug thugs are going to grow illegally in a state that it's basically legal, then they deserve what they get.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Thank you for some common sense and some rationality. Not a lot of it on these message boards these days.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean


      July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donnie

      Agreed CB. Those pot growers don't have a lot of common sense.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Great

    Yeah, let's legalize it! Because, we seriously don't have enough paranoid, lazy people in this country.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Displeased

      Remove the criminal aspect of pot, and the paranoia goes away. As far as laziness, that's a personality issue.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Deric G

    "Janet" says that "Everyone should know by now that THC kills cancer cells" Really?! Where is your proof?? Millions and millions of dollars are being spent and donated for the cure of cancer. If POT was the cure why have friends and loved ones died from cancer? Oh, because they didn't know POT cured it all? Come on!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet Reno

      Deric G – the feds uncovered this fact back in 1975. I already posted a link to a study proving that THC causes cancer cells to undergo autophagy (killing the cancer while keeping the healthy cells in tact). I am not making anything up.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JGex

      Actually, there is some evidence that it does both have a primary effect and a secondary role in fighting cancer. Maybe you should try researching it before poppying off at the mouth. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400761/Marijuana-for-Cancer.html

      July 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      Janet- Why are you neglecting to mention that THC promoted autophagy just as equally promotes cell survival, as it does cell death? Or have you not read enough of the studies to see that information?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      maybe because the governments been destroying it every chance theyve had for the past 80 years? i used to sell weed in california, til the lapd decided to ignore their own laws and raid us and shut us down, and if you think it has no benefits towards cancer then say that to my patients (customers) who actually smoked it so they wouldnt have to put up with all the pain and misery associated with chemo.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jaci

    Yup, now the cops have free pot whenever they want it and don't even try to dispute this. . When are we going to evolve and allow us to make our own choices! I'm sick of government telling me how I should live my life. I don't drink...seen it destroy too many. I do use marijuana, and have NEVER seen anyone die by using it. The only ones who die in associaltion with pot are the cartels and drug dealers, innocent bystanders, etc. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hippypoet


    July 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Extracellular

    All, as one of the 2010 articles reviewing cannabanoids and cancer states, such research is in its infancy. But pot has been used for nausea long before now. So it is not too surprising that people are not necessarily aware (and not necessarily morons).

    July 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Its also hard to undo government childhood brainwashing.. I mean health class

      July 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Janet Reno


    July 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
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