13
Feb
10

Katy bar the door

I was pretty surprised to see that Kym’s perfectly-reasonable objection to the cynical homegrown campaign that’s sprung up in the local grower-community opposing legalization was met with such vitriol.  Greed is a powerful motivator, after all, but it’s worth remembering that there are still very real consequences to growing and selling marijuana – real people continue to suffer with real consequences every day as a result of prohibition.  Stupid, stupid prohibition.

Just in case any among us have been too-quickly lulled into complacency by the reassuring words coming from President Obama or his Attorney General, the recent activities by federal agents in Colorado should give us pause.  While Betty Aldworth, the director of outreach for Full Spectrum Labs was getting ready to testify in support of Colorado Sen. Chris Romer’s doctor-patient bill, DEA agents were busy raiding her lab.    Read the full story here.

Apparently, the agents were on a procedural visit and claimed that they raided the place because they “smelled marijuana, which prompted them to request a warrant” – not surprising since Full Spectrum Labs tests marijuana.   Yesterday, DEA agents raided a second testing facility in the state, Colorado Springs-based Genovations.  In both cases, the raids came in response to well-intentioned requests for federal licensing.   Bad move there, trying to follow procedural guidelines.  As long as marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, there’ll be no coming out of the shadows.

Closer to home, plenty of people are still being busted by state and city law enforcement for home grows, large and small.    In one of the opposing comments on Kym’s blog, Ted Kemp wrote:

If you looked at california MJ laws, you would know that for serious non medical offences the most time most people are looking at is 6-18 months in state prison or less and thats only if your growing 100’s of pounds!

Maybe these folks in Arcadia were too dumb to apply for the necessary paperwork, but they just got busted yesterday for growing 15 plants.  That doesn’t sound like much of a large-scale op to me.  Oh well, how bad could 6-18 months in state prison be, anyway?

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4 Responses to “Katy bar the door”


  1. 1 Kym
    February 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I’m constantly amazed by people telling me that “its legal now.” Things are indeed easier but weed is illegal and people go to jail for possessing relatively small amounts. And even if you get just community service that can be a strenuous addition to your life.

  2. February 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    The culture is so very, very supportive of openly growing, using, selling, advocating for marijuana here – and has been for such a long time – that I think people up here forget that the Emerald Triangle is the exception, not the rule. I’m a fish out of water, something that I become acutely reminded of every time I see someone casually smoking weed out in the open. My paranoia makes me look odd up here, but the reality is that prop 215 has changed very little when it comes to the attitudes in the rest of the state. When my partner would visit her dispensaries in Southern California, she was constantly reminded to put her medicine out of sight, because the police in Southern California are notorious for ignoring prescriptions. Yes, it is still illegal, and though that’s the worst part, that’s not the only bad part.

    From my experience, the legal realities are entirely lost on the culture at large. As you pointed out in your article on the children of growers, secrecy weighs heavily upon the psyche; so, even when the police aren’t busting down doors, the fear of discovery remains and the social penalties upon discovery remain powerful. My partner has had to keep her use secret – from those she works with, from family, from neighbors (well, not up here) – and that produces its own harmful effects.

  3. 3 Kym
    February 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Part of growing pot is the secrecy involved. I remember a medical person telling me how odd people would look at her when she would ask their occupation. Up here that is a rudeness because you are “forcing” them to lie. These little inconsistencies hurt us in ways we can’t yet measure. As pot grows more legal, the inconsistencies are different but they are still there.


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