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Sheriff's Department Receives Grant To Eradicate Marijuana

The "Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program" grant was awarded to the sheriff's office.

A $175,000 federal grant to support the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's drug interdiction efforts was formally accepted today by the Board of Supervisors.

The Drug Enforcement Administration "Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program" grant was awarded to the sheriff's office to offset its costs for investigating, locating, seizing and destroying marijuana grows.

Most of the funds will be dedicated to cover overtime expenses for personnel in the sheriff's Special Investigations Bureau.

"The sheriff's department and the DEA have been working together for more than 20 years in their efforts to eliminate operations where cannabis is grown in Riverside County," sheriff's documents state. "The department works to eradicate illicit marijuana cultivation and to arrest and bring to prosecution individuals charged with violating controlled substance laws."

Jeannie Herer June 06, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Clearing the Smoke- The Science of Cannabis- Full Documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y-QoP0DlKQ
terry June 06, 2012 at 01:08 PM
How stupid, they should do something better with money like pay potheads to repave our streets.
LBV Collins June 06, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Our tax dollars... wasted again. This is the STUPIDEST use of our $175,000.
LBV Collins June 06, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I agree, Terry. Why are we paying deputies overtime to cut down weeds when we could use that money so much more productively... and in a way that will be more beneficial to citizens... like repaving bad roads? Or helping small businesses grow?
dan zeller June 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Major Corporations, Big Food, Big Pharma and your Federal Government going to work for you, the taxpayer. If they can't have it, no one else will and they surely will not let the public have it if they can't make any money . It's always all about the money. Greed at it's finest here...
JOHN ATKINSON June 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
More grant money going to waste. What a shame, these are funds that could be put to way better use. How about fixing all the pot holes on Riverside Dr and Lakeshore Dr where the traffic is the heaviest and we are about to bring new tourism into the city with a new boat launch and campground, come on folks, let's get real here.
Tonto June 06, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Its so nice they are helping the Mexican drug cartels keep their hold on the weed sales. Heaven forbid if Americanos get to sell some of the thousands of tons of pot flowing in here :)
Maryjane Cannabliss June 06, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Well, you may ruin some grows but ERADICATE...LOL, never. How many recent busts did not generate any arrests, because in fact, they were legal grows. Leave us alone, you will never win this. Go after the Riverside tweekers, the gangs, and spend more money screening your loose cannon officers.
Steve June 06, 2012 at 05:37 PM
What probably turned the tide was the mother leaving her infant on the roof of the car and driving off after smoking weed...
LBV Collins June 06, 2012 at 06:09 PM
What?!! I never heard that story, Steve. (Not saying it's not true... I've just never heard of it.) And I'm not sure what you mean when you say it "probably turned the tide."
LBV Collins June 06, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I agree, LER... Legalize it, regulate it, tax it. (Oh! And here's a suggestion for what we can use the $175,000 of taxpayer's money for: Expediting the CEQA process for microbreweries...)
Mark June 06, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Absolute stupidity on the use of public funds for something that is virtually within a years time going to be decriminalized and then taxed rightfully so by the states and federal government. See Barney Franks/Ron Paul bill (bi-partisan) that is before Congress and should pass later this year or early next year. When you have bi-partisan proposed legislation, it is usually a slam dunk, because BOTH parties are behind the bill up for vote. Total waste of much needed money elsewhere. Notice that I use the proposed federal legislation, which trumps all the state legislation that seems to be ignored by what the people want and have already voted on and is law within the state. When the proposed federal legislation becomes law, all these wasted funds are going to look a bit ridiculous don't you think?
Thunder June 06, 2012 at 10:07 PM
it did happen Collins and much worse has happened without weed being involved such as babies being left in hot cars. another recent story involved a man eating another mans face off while on a cocktail of over the counter chemicals
LBV Collins June 07, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Hi Mark. I'm not sure you're correct regarding Reps. Barney Frank and Ron Paul's HR 2306. Last I read, the bill sits in committee where “Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said his panel will not take up the bipartisan legislation, which would effectively kill it for lack of action. ‘Instead of encouraging the use of marijuana, we should strengthen enforcement of federal drug laws to protect Americans from the devastating effects of drug use,’ said Smith, R-San Antonio.” [1] And Smith wasn’t joking when he said he wants to strengthen federal drug laws “to protect Americans.” He sponsored (and his House Judiciary Committee passed on October 6, 2011) HR 313, the Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor Elimination Act, on a 20-7 vote. According to opponents, “Under this bill, if a young couple plans a wedding in Amsterdam, and as part of the wedding, they plan to buy the bridal party some marijuana, they would be subject to prosecution..." even though smoking marijuana is legal in Amsterdam. [2] Rep. Lamar Smith is an ignoramus, in my opinion. A politician who forces his own biases upon American citizens while completely ignoring scientific facts that contradict his firmly held beliefs that marijuana has “devastating effects” on the population. 1. http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/article/Pot-advocates-hound-Rep-Smith-1453392.php#ixzz1SczSng62 2. http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2011/oct/09/house_moves_bill_extend_us_drug
Mark June 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Hi LBV, HR 2306 is a first bullet-proof volley on this issue. Being well-educated, well-read, and well-traveled in my many years as a political observer, it is my opinion that HR 2306 will become law in close to its original form. Knowing how the wheels of Congress run at a snails pace is exactly why I stated that it may take yet a years time to come to pass as a viable law. I found it extremely enlightening that over 51% of American people polled in a recent Gallup survey (and I consider Gallup poles as legitimate as they come) are in favor of the legalization of marijuana in these United States of America. Whether people's politics differ, we must all face the fact that marijuana will be legalized and taxed at some time in the relatively near future. It is because of this fact, that I think that it is a total waste of taxpayer's money that could be used in so many other worthwhile programs such as education, jobs, etc. Spending these monies so frivolously is not going to "protect Americans" from something that is here to stay and is proven to provide the medical benefits already passed by legislation in this great state and others who truly understand its benefits and the wants of the majority of the citizens within our country. Enjoy your posts, great humor and well put on all points.
Wayne Williams June 15, 2012 at 02:32 AM
We are hosting a medical marijuana town hall meeting Thursday June 28 from 6-9pm at the Storm Stadium and would like to invite you. Our confirmed speakers include Major Neill Franklin, a 33 year veteran of the Maryland State Police and Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Please go to http://www.facebook.com/events/451780151516619/ or send email to senatebill420@gmail.com to RSVP.
Wayne Williams June 15, 2012 at 02:32 AM
We are hosting a medical marijuana town hall meeting Thursday June 28 from 6-9pm at the Storm Stadium and would like to invite you. Our confirmed speakers include Major Neill Franklin, a 33 year veteran of the Maryland State Police and Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Please go to http://www.facebook.com/events/451780151516619/ or send email to senatebill420@gmail.com to RSVP.
Wayne Williams June 15, 2012 at 02:33 AM
We are hosting a medical marijuana town hall meeting Thursday June 28 from 6-9pm at the Storm Stadium and would like to invite you. Our confirmed speakers include Major Neill Franklin, a 33 year veteran of the Maryland State Police and Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Please go to http://www.facebook.com/events/451780151516619/ or send email to senatebill420@gmail.com to RSVP.
Wayne Williams June 15, 2012 at 02:33 AM
We are hosting a medical marijuana town hall meeting Thursday June 28 from 6-9pm at the Storm Stadium and would like to invite you. Our confirmed speakers include Major Neill Franklin, a 33 year veteran of the Maryland State Police and Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Please go to http://www.facebook.com/events/451780151516619/ or send email to senatebill420@gmail.com to RSVP.

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