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. INDSIDE JoB119

    Dont they realize that plants are able grow again again and again. This is a pure waste of american tax dollars. I have a idea, lets report on how much water evaporated today, and then call it a victory.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    These people are smoking weed then going in there house and relaxing, what criminals, arrest them, they're a danger to society.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sense

      The users are smoking and going into their homes, yes. But the growers and dealers who shoot at hikers and ranchers that wander into their fields sure are criminals. The growers and dealers that make money and don't report it as taxable income are criminals. The growers and dealers that use federal/state land for their operation are criminals. I agree that the war on weed is a waste, however, I don't see the federal government legalizing it anytime soon.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      @sense – And i think the fact it wont be legalized anytime soon is a shame, it could raise money while stopping the stupid amount of money being wasted on trying to police it. Not to mention if it was legal people wouldnt need to support Mexican drug cartels by buying from them, they could buy it at a licensed taxed business.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DC-JD

    One more time for the people in the cheap seats...WHY ARE WE WASTING TAX DOLLARS ON THIS?!?!?!? Please stop going after a drug that does less harm to the human body than alcohol! This is absurd!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • LadyBizOwner

      I could not agree more.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      ONE MORE TIME FOR THOSE WHO MISSED A KEY POINT OF THE ARTICLE. This was being grown on public land in a national forest. Even if mj were legal, this operation would have still been run because it was being grown on public land.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC-JD

      frmrma, or whatever your idiotic name is, the point is that, if it were legal, there would be NO NEED to grow it on National Park land. Wake up and smell what you are shoveling!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      DC-BJ, or whatever your idiotic name is, please presents facts to support that Mexican drug cartels would spend money to buy there own land as opposed to trying to increase their profits by using "free" land to grow their product. Or are you under the erroneous assumption that they will stop growing and distributing weed once it is illegal? They will just set up legal shops.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC-JD

      hey a55 hat...here are the 'facts' you requested. Legalization will drop the value of the substance in question by somewhere between 50- and 75%, even if you add a substantial tax to it. The only reason the Mexican cartels are interested in the first place is because of the profit margins. Do you really think the kingpins on the other side of the river will be interested in growing or selling it anywhere when they can only get about $50-100 an ounce for it (compared to the $400-600 they are getting now)? You sound like an right wing blow-hard. Why don't you go back to cheerleading the Teabaggers to take our economy off a cliff and leave those of us who are able to think critically alone. Peace...

      July 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      I'm actually a liberal, but thanks for making assumptions (you know what they say about the word "assume") based upon my beliefs on one issue. And judging from your intelligent, insult ridden replies, we can all see that you are either a 16 year old, a ginormous pothead or a mental midget.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC-JD

      Great. You might be the only liberal alive who is not pro-legalization. Point made. Now, refute my last statement, if you can. Oh, and you seem to have a lot of time to troll the blogosphere. I'm a desk jockey chained to my computer. What's your excuse?

      July 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Z Wanderer

    This is absolute bullshi–. LEGALIZE IT!! Its a plant. Christ, people can drink themselves to death and smoke themselves to death legally, why not pot??? Give US the choice.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Not to mention you cant O.D on weed.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • davec

      Because your brain will be screwed up more than you are already demonstrating.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Dave, I think you paid a little too much attention to your government made health class. Cannabis is a neuroprotectant, please actually do some research that does not come from the dea website.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colby

      Actually, theres no scientific evidence that THC or CBN can screw up your brain. Not to mention the fact that many of our founding fathers were fans of marijuana.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ray

    what a waste of our money!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dragon8me

    No, not my winter stash. you guysuck.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pragmatist

    Legalize pot, destroy the cocaine plantations in Colombia, destroy poppy fields in asia, and watch American/Mexican drug activity slow down to a crawl. It's far cheaper to do that then what's going on now.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Or just allow people to grow coca and poppy legal in the US. If people could have coca tea and fresh opium they would not be snorting and shooting anything.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey89

      I'm down with that...

      July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack johnson

      Yes distory Americian pot, it's the only way people will payed off so more can be shipped in from Mexico

      July 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. narfzort

    BOO! HISS!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brahm

    NOOOOooooo!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JIM

    LEGALIZE IT AND THE COUNTRY WILL BE OUT OF DEBT IN 1 YEAR FROM TAXES IT COULD COLLECT

    July 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      AND SAVE BILLIONS ON LAW INFORCEMENT

      July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • davec

      So you think if it's legalized and you have to pay for it, more people won't just grow their own?

      July 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Dave, do people grow their own tobacco??

      July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC-JD

      I find it telling that not a SINGLE PERSON on this page has defended the actions in this article. Does anyone else see a pattern here? Does anyone else see parallels with prohibition? I mean, this isn't rocket science!

      July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • smrtaz

      Alcohol and tobacco are legal. You can make/grow your own but few people do. Marijuana would likely follow a similar pattern. You would have people grow their own, but if you can just buy it most people wouldn't bother.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sense

      Jim, while that is a novel thought, legalizing pot and taxing it would not create $14,000,000,000,000 in 1 year. A few billion, probably, but not even close to what this country needs to bring itself out of debt.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      DAVE
      YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT NOW
      GROWING GOOD BUD IS HARDER THAN YOU THINK
      COME TO CANADA AND TRY SOME GOOD STUFF

      July 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack johnson

      If they do leaglize it the Repubs. will figure out how the big business can run it and pay no taxes SO IT WOULD NOT HELP THE BUDGET.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      Sense
      ITS A START
      THERE IS A LOT MORE POT SMOKERS THAN YOU THINK

      July 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. smrtaz

    In related news, Taco Bell earnings dropped by 10% in the state of California this week.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      ROFL!!! 😀

      July 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Thank you! Many of these comments are so angry, thanks for the comic relief. 🙂

      July 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • person of interest

      They sell Refer at the Taco Bell drive-thru in calif?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marijobama

    Obama could not reign in the dea if he wanted to. In fact they changed his point of view on drug laws right after he took office! The dea has implemented and controlled much of our foreign policy for years, and now they are trying to control this country's social policies by doing all they can to keep marijuana illegal, even in the face of rapidly growing public support for the end of prohibition. There is noone in congress or the whitehouse that will even try to stand up to the dea, so we need to vote them all out and try to find candidates for office that will at least try to give the american public what we want.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      In fact, Obama even stated on his pre-election campaign tour that he would not use Federal resources to enforce Federal Laws that conflict with state laws. The reality has been much different because the DEA and FBI are still making raids on legal cannibus dispensaries all over California even though they are legal under California State Law.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ben

    If it were legal it would not be a problem.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • davec

      See, your brain's already shot....

      July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tommas

    How about we legalize it and make a black market selling it to other countries. It wont be taxed but the money would go into our economy one way or another 🙂

    July 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fast Eddie

    I think the problem isn't necessarily the agricultural issues or the questionable legality of growing weed, but rather the idea of heavily-armed 'farmers' taking shots at people in national forests. I doubt Uncle Sam would have taken any action if not for the threats of shooting, and occasionally ACTUAL shooting, of civilians on public land.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      Shh...the potheads don't care about facts. They are just angry and mourning the loss of almost 300,000 plants.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • smrtaz

      That's really not the case. It is not just a matter of heavily armed farmers. These raids happen all the time whether it is grown in a public place, on private land, or inside a person's home. I've heard of search warrants being issued just due to the glow of fluorescent lights in a window. It was a little embarrassing to find that they were only raising tropical fish.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
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