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. Shawn

    The economy is trillions in debt and the government is worried about weed farms...ridiculous. I say let them grow more weed, an oversupply will drive prices down and make it so unprofitable people won't bother. You'll be able to by a brick for like $10. It will also stop a lot of smuggling operations that cost billions to enforce. Ask anyone that smokes weed how hard it is to find it – it's already easy to access anyways.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • hippypoet

      Your assuming that the growers would flood the market with pot because they have alot... WRONG... same thing as diamonds, do you have any idea how many diamonds there are... huge amounts beyond reasoning, if released the price on diamonds would be less then 200 for a 1 ct. cut stone. same thing with pot. why would they flood the market when all they have to do is not sell alot, just enough to keep the prices at an ok price, a price where people still buy, but not too low or too high, or else sells will drop out!

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

      If the farmers where cultivating a legal commodity, like cattle or corn, on public land and they were keeping innocent citizens away at gun point, would you still support these farmers?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      LOL at comparing weed to diamonds. If diamonds could be found in as many places as weed will grow maybe this would be valid. Eventually when there is an oversupply growers would be forced into selling at a discount. Look at the strawberry farmers down in Florida – strawberries were so cheap they started destroying their own crops, and it didn't matter what they did cause they were still going to be cheap regardless.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Janet Reno

    Pot has been researched FAR more even over the past 20 or 20 years than 99% of the prescription pills that the doctors keep pushing on all of you.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • butteryak

      Sure I may shoot at someone to protect my own property, the point being, is that this is public land, this is not their property, this is national forest land, public park land...etc....

      July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RLR

    What a loss! Nothing else for law enforcement to do; they should out trying to capture all the murders, rapists and child molesters. Legalize weed.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • qanerd

      I see. Shooting at people should not require a law enforcement response, is that it?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • butteryak

      not a loss, if you really were a pot advocate, you'd know these large illegal grows, do nothing but pump out crappy pot, damage the environement, and effect public saftey. you should be happy these large illegal grows are being "weeded" out. let the local farmers who have been doing it for decades and do it ethically, and grow good outdoor organic weed keep their homes and businesses....grows like this give pot a bad name....

      July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • smokey

      You wouldn't shoot at someone to protect your property? Now, if they were legal professional guards and not hired guns, then they would probably not be shooting at anyone who wanders by. You know, because they don't need to fear rival gangs and who have no qualms about shooting them.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • GooldOldDays

      Legalization would eliminate this problem, save money, free up law enforcement for real crimes. Who's not in support of all that?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seeker of the truth

      shooting at people is indeed bad however if it was legal then people could put up fences and not have to hide the operations, because of the governments unwillingness to change the people who are growing pot have been pushed to desperate measures. not to mention all of the money drug dealers are making off of the fact it is illegal why would they not protect it. if you legalize it there is no need for the brutality, that can be reserved for coke and other hard drugs

      July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jordan

    This government is really making me sick.We need to get rid of these dems and reps and get some real folk in who will make this legal and help to fix the errors of the two parties who are both screwing this country over.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mork

    what the big deal about smoking pot anyhow.. I get the munchies and want to sit around on the couch after a few pints of beer too!

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

      and your grower gets to shoot at anyone who happens to take a hike in a Nat'l Park?
      You are the poster child of stupid stoner that is a leach on the public. Dude

      July 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • GooldOldDays

      Nixon's politics follow this society. When alcohol was re-legalized poor Al Capone went out of business !

      July 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. butteryak

    I'm reading alot of posts that refer to this bust being a bad thing, obviously most of these people have no idea whats really happening here. Certainly if it was legal, it's possible that there would be no reason to grow illegally on public land, that said, to certain extent in the state of california, it is legal, and there are many who grow according to the law. Not to generalize, but from my experience, from what I've seen, the majority of these large illegal grows are run by large mexican cartels. perhaps removing the illegal profit motive would remove the incentive. Reading alot of these posts, I see a lot of posts about people being bummed out about this bust, like i said, they dont really get the big picture. Most likely the impetus for these busts came from local ethical "farmers" who stay within california regulations, and were tired of being shot at on public land, as well, as loosing business to large illegal grows. Most of these large grows like this are being done on public lands, and yes, there are signifigant environmental damages, as well as a signifigant increase in violent crimes associated with these grows. I live in the area, I've seen the effect these grows have on the community. I have no sympathy for them at all.

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

      if you really are a pot advocate, you would appose these large grows as well, they grow crappy cheap pot, destroy the environment, and give marijuanna a bad name.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. frmrma

    As far as those that are saying that THC actually cures cancer, I just have this to say. I'd be willing to guess not many if not none at all are actually from a scientific background. And, all the links and info on the web are a lot of "if's" and "possibly's" and many are from pro-marijuana sites. 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 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe Lopez

    Drugs kill more americans than Osama. It takes less budget and less time to to reduce drug consumption.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • marik7

      I don't think that's true of marijuana.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • butteryak

      According to the FDA, there are 0 reported deaths yearly, with marijunna being the primary cause.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jason

    Again,what a waste of taxpayers money.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Single Again

    Whenever Im so depressed I want to die because my woman dumped me and my job sucks and mydog died, I smoke a bowl and realize none of it really matters (except the dog of course.. still miss her )

    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ToeKnee

    Just think about how many cloth items this pot could have produced to put clothes on the backs of the poor, for example.

    Yeah right....light it on fire!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. killallthewhiteman

    I agree that pot should be made legal, But if these people are damaging the environment, and shooting at hikes then they need to be arrested. There are plenty of legal ways to grow pot in California.

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

      last time I checked growing plants did good for the environment, dang treehuggers

      July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SDG01

    This isn't about weed, it's about the bums shacking up in the woods with guns harassing woodland patrons. If it weren't' for those ignorant walnuts, these plants would probably still be thriving.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jms

    doctors = legal drug dealers peddling crap in cool TV commercials

    drug dealers = selling you a little bit of pot (no worse than cigs or beer etc) and get locked up for decades

    while Casey Anthony types roam free

    gotta love it...

    in bad economic times there is no better an opportunity for idiots to wise up and legalize it, we are stuck in the prohibition mind set, humans are mindless drones following the pack, religions etc its all the same = ignorance

    July 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • hippypoet

      i agree almost completely, your wrong when you say pot is like cigs.. they have been prooven to be as addictive or more so for some people then crack – cocain and cigs cause cancer.... besides that, your on target goose

      July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kev

    US Patent 6630507 = Cannabinoids are classified as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. THC = one of 66 cannabinoids in "pot" – If you think that there is no medical value in marijuana then why did our government register this patent? If you think I am just a pot head, then you are an ignorant fool who is dumb enough to actually trust tyhe government. – Your ignorance is the biggest threat to our democracy than any terror cell.

    If you cannot trust the government about a plant, then can you trust them about anything else?

    More info about how the government knew in 74 that THC shrinks tumors: http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/

    July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
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