Theft of water during a drought. The exploitation of immigrant laborers. Intimidation of residents by armed criminals.
A Democratic state senator from southern Oregon said his region, awash in illegal marijuana farms that are protected by gunmen, is starting to look more like a failed state.
After hearing him and others testify this week, the Oregon Legislature dedicated $25 million to help police, sheriff’s offices and community organizations pay for the ballooning costs of cracking down on the thousands of industrial-scale, illegal cannabis farms. Residents said the assistance is welcome but not enough.
Damn it! This si what the War on drugs has brought us. If we would only legalize pot and allow for the farming of it under government control, we would not be seeing stuff like this happening.
Seven years after Oregon voters passed a ballot measure legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and its regulated cultivation and sale, the state is grappling with an explosion of illegal marijuana farms that have brazenly cropped up, primarily in Josephine and Jackson counties in the south.
How’s that possible? /end sarcasm>
I am still amazed that government and potheads in general thought crime cartels would just go away with their heads bowed in defeat. You go ahead and allow a demand to be increased tenfold by legalizing a drug habit and you thought only those you allowed because you make them pay “legal” extortion money will produce the Devil’s oregano? And the farmers rather than point out the idiocy, go after other farmers.
The farmer also blames landowners for selling or leasing property to bad actors.
“If somebody walks onto your property with a suitcase with $100,000 in $20 bills, you kind of know they’re not on the up and up. And if you take that money and allow them to do something on your land, you should probably anticipate that they’re there to break the law,” he said.
Dude, if some Mexican enforcer show up with a shitload of cash for my land (rental or buy) I’d take the money too. They still run under the directive of “Plomo o Plata” (Lead or Cash) and I enjoy breathing pretty much to risk it because you were dumb enough to buy in the Legalization fairy tale and now you are butthurt and soaked with debt.
The Law of Unintended Consequences never fails to impress me.