Raids In Mendocino National Forest Rack Up Big Numbers But CAMP's Funding's Cut For Next Year

 

More than 100 people were arrested and nearly half a million pot plants were eradicated in Operation Full Court Press–a multi agency operation designed to clear Mendocino National Forest of marijuana gardens. The two week series of raids also led to 1500 pounds of processed marijuana being seized as well as “23 tons of trash, 22 miles of irrigation line, 2,171 pounds of fertilizer, and 57 pounds of pesticides.”There were also 27 guns and 11 vehicles were also seized.

But will they continue to rack up these big numbers?  The new budget just signed by Governor Jerry Brown eliminates the Campaign Against Marijuana Production’s funding.  But According to the Bay Citizen, The federal government intends to continue its share but cash strapped California has other uses for its contribution.

CAMP’s 2010 operations cost taxpayers more than $3 million. The state contributed $1 million, and the DEA contributed $1.6 million. The state budget for 2012 cuts $71 million from the Division of Law Enforcement, including the narcotics bureau.

In the program’s early years, CAMP agents were known to buzz backyards in their helicopters and all but lay siege to some North Coast communities. Over the years, though, the focus has shifted to state, county and federal parks, which Mexican drug cartels and other large-scale growers have found to be excellent locations for illicit farms, the authorities say.

With CAMP now functioning more as a tool for protecting public lands from the depredations of large-scale marijuana farms, its potential disappearance, which a decade ago might have been widely celebrated on the North Coast, is instead raising alarms in many quarters.

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Photo from The Bay Citizen’s piece on Camp getting its funding cut.

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  • It’s great how everything goes around…The last time ‘Pot’ was ‘Not’ a big political ‘problem’ was when Jerry the Moonbeam last held the governorship of California. Now in just one quick (?) turn of the zodiac by Saturn it looks like it is proven once again that the only certainties in life are ‘Change & Death’. Everything changes, thank GOD!

    I’m also wondering…If the new ‘Treat Pot Like Wine’ initiative passed why would Cali need to waste money on C.A.M.P.?

  • It’s great how everything goes around…The last time ‘Pot’ was ‘Not’ a big political ‘problem’ was when Jerry the Moonbeam last held the governorship of California. Now in just one quick (?) turn of the zodiac by Saturn it looks like it is proven once again that the only certainties in life are ‘Change & Death’. Everything changes, thank GOD!

    I’m also wondering…If the new ‘Treat Pot Like Wine’ initiative passed why would Cali need to waste money on C.A.M.P.?

  • Wine is way bad hood rats have hood babies because of wine.

    Weed is the anti bey bey kid drug except for the illegal growers who can afford wine.

    Regulate weed like the USA regulates me – zero

  • Wine is way bad hood rats have hood babies because of wine.

    Weed is the anti bey bey kid drug except for the illegal growers who can afford wine.

    Regulate weed like the USA regulates me – zero

  • Just legalize the plant. So much ridiculous phoney energy that people attribute to a plant like Canabis. Money and phoney medical permits to grow a plant. So many people in prison and some dead for a plant? People sure are funny ain’t we?

  • Just legalize the plant. So much ridiculous phoney energy that people attribute to a plant like Canabis. Money and phoney medical permits to grow a plant. So many people in prison and some dead for a plant? People sure are funny ain’t we?

  • ” But According to the Bay Citizen, The federal government intends to continue its share but cash strapped California has other uses for its contribution.”

    …like over ten million dollars to make the freeway bigger through one of our old growth groves. *badoom-tish!*

  • ” But According to the Bay Citizen, The federal government intends to continue its share but cash strapped California has other uses for its contribution.”

    …like over ten million dollars to make the freeway bigger through one of our old growth groves. *badoom-tish!*

  • Mr. Nice! Long time, no see.

  • Mr. Nice! Long time, no see.

  • Well, six episodes into its seventh season and finally the show “Weeds” has worked Humboldt County into its plotline.

    Unfortunately, the episode is a bit heavy on the shotgun-brandishing, booby-trapping stereotype. No actual local scenery (I’m assuming it wasn’t filmed anywhere near here). Nor was there any local “greenery” — the plants were super-fake looking, and even if they were real, I think any actual outdoor grower in Humboldt would be pretty embarassed by those scraggly-looking things! But for a mainstream TV show, I guess it would be silly to expect something a bit more realistic.

    I suppose we’ll have to see where the plotline goes from here (at the end of the episode, several of the main characters remain in “Humboldt,” so presumably we’ll see a lot more of that part of the storyline in the next few episodes). But in general it seems like this pop culture exposure will probably be good publicity for the Humboldt “brand,” for Humboldt’s biggest cash crop — especially the outdoor variety. (The characters have a little talk about how although indoor/hydro is “flawless” outdoor is much more “beautiful.”)

    Wouldn’t it be great if in some of the next few episiodes, the characters discover at least a few of the other wonderful and unique things about Humbolt — the amazing landscapes, beaches, rivers, mountains, our quirky little towns and cities, etc.

  • Well, six episodes into its seventh season and finally the show “Weeds” has worked Humboldt County into its plotline.

    Unfortunately, the episode is a bit heavy on the shotgun-brandishing, booby-trapping stereotype. No actual local scenery (I’m assuming it wasn’t filmed anywhere near here). Nor was there any local “greenery” — the plants were super-fake looking, and even if they were real, I think any actual outdoor grower in Humboldt would be pretty embarassed by those scraggly-looking things! But for a mainstream TV show, I guess it would be silly to expect something a bit more realistic.

    I suppose we’ll have to see where the plotline goes from here (at the end of the episode, several of the main characters remain in “Humboldt,” so presumably we’ll see a lot more of that part of the storyline in the next few episodes). But in general it seems like this pop culture exposure will probably be good publicity for the Humboldt “brand,” for Humboldt’s biggest cash crop — especially the outdoor variety. (The characters have a little talk about how although indoor/hydro is “flawless” outdoor is much more “beautiful.”)

    Wouldn’t it be great if in some of the next few episiodes, the characters discover at least a few of the other wonderful and unique things about Humbolt — the amazing landscapes, beaches, rivers, mountains, our quirky little towns and cities, etc.

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