Police raid home by helicopter to cut down 81-year-old’s single medical marijuana plant

JD Thu, 10/06/2016 - 09:44
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If you were trying to come up with a headline that perfectly demonstrated why so many people have turned against keeping marijuana illegal, you probably couldn’t do better than this real headline from the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Massachusetts: “Raid! National Guard, State Police descend on 81-year-old’s property to seize single pot plant.”

The story is just as absurd as it sounds. On September 21, the Massachusetts National Guard and State Police descended on 81-year-old Margaret Holcomb's home in Amherst using a military-style helicopter to chop down a single marijuana plant that they claim was in “plain view.” The raid was part of a broader operation in which police seized 44 plants in Massachusetts homes, with none of the property owners charged with anything — just their plants taken and destroyed.

Holcomb said she was growing the plant for medical purposes — to ease her arthritis and glaucoma and help her sleep at night. She does not, however, have a medical marijuana card authorizing her to grow pot, because she reportedly worries about the hurdles involved in getting a doctor to sign off on it.

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/10/5/13172898/massachusetts-...

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Where there's none. Create one. Problem, reaction, solution -- I told you. You have a problem you just didn't know it. There you have it.

Everyone needs a $. Perhaps, there's a surge of unemployed humans that would have loved to have been deployed to the big "action war zones" as seen on the movies. But perhaps they got chickened out seeing so many disabled kids and flag draped coffins coming back from real war zones.

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After all, these taxes, tools and services were necessary because they were needed to keep all those drugs off the streets, backyards and bodies of disobedient citizens that do not know what's good for themselves. Citizens may not be trusted to make decisions. Shoot, I forgot jails, courtrooms, attorneys, bondsmen, etc. Sorry, the industry is so diverse it is hard to keep up with the inventory or related services. But, you get the idea right?

Humans like to validate their efforts on how they can perform on any given activity. Perhaps, with all those toyz some statistics report has to be shot up the line to justify sales commissions. Perhaps these statistics are going to be used to increase sales targets for manufacturer. Which in turn supplies more pennies on campaign contributions from lobbyist for manufacturers. So, the target/victim/ violator/law breaker may appear to offer "0" resistance or problems. This target would deliver the desired outcome. Headlines! Of course, this target would be chosen. Target=Example to the population. Result=FEAR?

Did the activity produce the desired publicity? Well, here we are talking about it right? Every penny spent on this activity is proof. Every plant must be collected for the common good and everyone must participate their fair share. After all, all we want is a compliant populace. Do you feel safer now? Of course you................

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