No one disputes that marijuana grows in national forests and in remote areas cause problems. Not only environmentally, but anyone who happens to come across these grows becomes a witness and whoever is guarding/running the grow has every incentive to make sure that unfortunate soul isn’t able to tell anyone about the grow.
There are only two ways to eliminate these grows: 1) A continuous series a full military invasions of every forest in this country to sweep out the constant supply of criminals or 2) legalize marijuana.
Under marijuana legalization cartels and gangs will have no reason to run these grows since the price drop that will come with legalization will force them out of the cannabis business ( just as the end of alcohol prohibition ended bootlegging for all intents and purposes). And regular cannabis users will be able to grow in their own home or yard, so they won’t need to trek into the forest to grow plants.
Under marijuana legalization, Fort Bragg, CA city councilman Jere Melo would still be alive. It seems councilman Melo had a degree and a lot of experience in forestry, which led to his job as a security contractor for a timber company. He was on the job yesterday when he heard about a marijuana growing operation nearby.
When Melo and another man came upon the grow, the person guarding it opened fire, killing Jere Melo, leaving his widow and two children without him.
Authorities are searching for Aaron Bassler as their suspect for the murder. When will the madness of prohibition end? How many people have to die before we realize our approach has simply failed?
People are dying, the environment is ravaged, untold millions have been run through the criminal justice system, tax coffers are empty and drug dealers and cartel leaders are rolling in cash.
And above all, drug use continues to go up. So what is the point of all this?