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. AGreedwith Yak

    YAK – You are 100% dead on . People would be wise to learn from you .

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

    Legalize it and spend our time and money on more useful things. Is there nothing else we need to be worried about right now other than pot?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Science?

      nothing else at all ~
      hate and fear ~ that is all the amerikan government has for sale.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hades

      Oh... clever use of Amerikan rather than American /sarcasim off

      July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      legalize it? i felt that way 40 -20 yrs ago but don't kid yourself. after smoking in abundance from am to pm from 63 to 86, i know how much is "wasted" in more ways than one. please, all you "cool" knowitalls rethink what you are doing and get out and be more productive and quit wasting your lives.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Erik

    It is not legal? Why is it everywhere then?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • WENDYINCALIF

      REquires a prescription to use it. The doctor does not hand out prescriptions unless you have symptoms in my town.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Leon

    Legalize it. Tax it. then what economic depression??? Darn you politicians for not jumping in on the green train.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kana

      Do you really think those that buy unregulated pot now would be willing to pay a usurious tax increase. Consider the amount of tax currently on a pack of cigarettes. If pot were to become legal you could expect a significant price increase.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    If the government had any sense they would harvest and sell the crop to legitimate marijuana dispensaries instead of burning it all like barbarians.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • RachelM

      Now that wold be something– the US government making sense.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. whatajoke

    Legalize it and there would be no problem and we could go back to mourning Amy Winehouse

    July 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MICHAEL WHITE

    Outlaw this stuff forever!! America don't need drugs. Our future depends on a drug-free, clean and sober society. A progressive society looks down on petty activities like getting high and using illicit substances to get mind blowing sensations. People need to start looking at healthy, wholesome activities to fulfill their excitement needs like running, going to an amusement park, swimming in the ocean, skydiving and such instead. America's future requires a mass of citizens not impaired by such substances who can develop the innovation and technologies to move America and the world forward!!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      michael: like the potheads that founded microsoft?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      do more people die swimming and skydiving or smoking pot?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • wisdom

      yeh, just like PROHIBITION..... Mike, yer a genius.....

      July 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • wompas

      How about we web programmers who create all these awesome internet technologies you use? You try sitting in front of a computer 40 hours non stop in the middle of july on beautiful days much better spent on the beach. Gets depressing!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • RIP PIMP C

      Hey Michael, are you a drone?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey jay

      10.5 billion is spent on the war of drugs! Losin the battle and wasting precious dollars. Hiking? Wake up health nut. When you leave in NYC you hike the street ans stair ways. 29 million in the USA smoke it. TAX IT and MAKE MONEY FROM IT. Hiking> now that's funny.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpecialPlace

      What a bogus argument!
      I'm a chemist, and I smoke marijuana every now and then. The point is that there are MANY productive people in our society who engage in healthy activity AND smoke marijuana (which, by the way, CAN BE a healthy activity of relieving stress). I play racquetball on a regular basis, and I am healthy in nearly every way (minus the fact that I am a cigarette smoker). I suppose you'd prefer that American keep drinking and beating their wives, drinking and harming children. The fact is that alcohol is the number 1 factor in MANY crimes that take place, in and out of the home.
      Marijuana needs to be legalized. It's ridiculous that MY tax dollars go to fund the DEA. I HATE THE DEA.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Where do you get off telling me how I need to live MY life?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet Reno

      tons and tons of techies smoke cannabis mr. white.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • pop1

      Clear ignorance, anyone that thinks that making a drug illegal will get rid of it is clearly to uneducated to understand what drives a black market. I like the idea of a drug free world but the facts are that anyone that thinks that had better look at thier medicine cabinet, not drink alcohol, use tobacco, don't put Anti perspirant on, don't use asprin or cough suppresant or caffine or any of the MANY INSANELY powerful anti depresants that are everywhere in america.
      If someone truely believes in a persons freedom of choice and freedom of expression and freedom to practice thier own religion openly and without government interference needs to look at how they feel about marajuana.
      Facts are facts – America was founded by drug addicts and drug dealers, Washington himself grew tobacco and made alcohol, Grow up and learn that the racist laws that put marajuana as a schedule 1 drug are outdated and foolish.
      wake up and learn that drugs in all forms are drugs and trying to justify some over others is simply turning a blind eye to the truth that some drugs have really meaningful uses and some are not as bad as the propaganda woudl lead you to believe.
      Freedom for all not freedom for some while restricting freedom for others

      July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • pop1

      BTW how many of the last presidents openly admit to using marajuana? Obama, bush JR, clinton, man that drug must have really limited thier chances of leading a productive life??;P

      July 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • WENDYINCALIF

      Cannibus is used by many, many successful people – it is a 2 hour medication for cancer patients who have lost their ability to intake food/water.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Joker

      Michael White = putz

      July 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • imwrong

      Michael, Michael...you telling people what they can and cannot do is a bit dictatorial, isn't it?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stejo

    sooo much better to destroy it than to legalize it and tax it...after all, Cali is flush with $$ and marijuana is soooo dangerous!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. L. Magin

    What we need to get rid of is all the dope smokers who buy the dope that's produced in the
    grows. They're the ones supporting the mexican cartels who're growing the dope and murdering people in the street in Mexico.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      that's nice, except that this crop was grown in Cali.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • wisdom

      yeh, lets add another 30 million folks to the prison system..... i'll be the first in line........ L. Magin, i hope you never father any children.....

      July 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      So you're willing to get rid of the 98,000,000 Americans who have smoked pot?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      And by the way...what exactly do you mean by "get rid of"? Pot smokers aren't dirty diapers you can just throw away in the garbage. We are people just like you. As a matter of fact, judging by the content of your post, many of us are much more highly educated than you.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Wrong. What we need to do is legalize it so that it can be grown locally without fear of government reprisal, thus putting the Mexican cartels out of business.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ygbfsm

    Religions kill, marijuana doesn't... religions are the absolute worst 'mind altering drugs' mankind has ever faced.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sameeker

    Our tax dollers at work.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hippypoet

    did you know there have been cultures in the past that have worshipped the ganji! oh yes, no joke...

    July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bibi5

    Brings tears to my eyes.......at least we still have Oreos...

    July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. juicey

    OMG!!! THC kills cancer sells.... ABSOLUTELY unbelievable.... also, the word HEAR means to listen, HERE indicates location einstein

    July 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robert Platt Bell

    Do you know of any happy pot users? No, really. Think about it. They are usually underemployed or unemployed, have emotional issues, are on prescription medication (for depression, natch) and are either angry or depressed all the time. Think Charley Sheen.

    There is no "happily every after" with drug use. Harder drugs kill more quickly. Marijuana just sucks the life out of you, slowly, over decades.

    And save the flames, that just proves my point – angry depressed pot smokers.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • pop1

      LOL I agree pot users like President Obama, or President Bush or President Clinton clearly were underemployed, and have emotional issues, and use prescription medication and are angry.........Mr. Bell let me ask you how does ignorance of epic proprtion feel like? seems like the anger is in one area, your computer chair. educate yourself on what really are drugs then ask yourself the next time you drink anything with caffine or if you ever put on antiperspirant, or god forbid you have a headache and take an asprin.......must be hard to be that scared of something you do not understand.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • imwrong

      Robert, ... Robert,... really? You too? I know many a pot user. Not all happy, and not all sad. But i know a lot of non-tokers, not all happy, not all sad. If I come home from a hard day flying for Jet Blue, I like to relax and roll a spliff. Just kidding, I don't fly, except when I smoke 😉

      July 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
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