Texas outdoor marijuana grow operation busted by smartphone app | Marijuana and Cannabis News | Toke of the Town
A $125,000 marijuana grow south of Houston has been uprooted thanks to a tip from an anonymous narc citizen who used an app created by the sheriff’s department that allows people to send in photos as well as coordinates to crimes – or things that citizens perceive to be crimes.
All of the plants have been destroyed, but thankfully nobody has been arrested. We think the senseless destruction of such a healthy, natural and domestic garden should be punishment enough and the cops should hopefully just let the case die (they won’t, but a marijuana writer can dream can’t he?).
The phone app is part of the “If You See Something, Say Something” public awareness campaign started by the Department of Homeland Security in 2010 that basically asks citizens to spy on one another. It was the first of it’s kind when it was put into operation in 2011. The program also has a 1-800 tipline and website, iWatchHarrisCounty.com.
And while our colleagues at our Voice Media sister blog, The Houston Press (which broke the story), seem to think this new app is a neato new way for government to be “ahead of the curve,” we think it’s a sign of how lazy our police force has become and how nosy people are about other people’s business.
This grow bust is a prime example of that. It’s just a few marijuana plants growing in a forest, and yet someone felt compelled to report it via the app. The really sad part is that this Johnny-do-gooder likely already had the app installed on his phone and probably uses it to play civilian vigilante more than just this one time.
Colorado Springs councilmember will ban cannabis, despite voter approval for legalization measure | Marijuana and Cannabis News | Toke of the Town
Colorado Springs, Colorado is one of the state’s largest medical marijuana markets. And El Paso County, where it’s located, voted in favor of Amendment 64 which legalized personal use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis, albeit by just ten votes.Nevertheless, the Springs city council is likely to issue a de facto ban on recreational pot sales later today, with the deciding vote against allowing them likely to be cast by council member Don Knight. Denver
DEA tells eleven Seattle medical marijuana stores to shut their doors | Marijuana and Cannabis News | Toke of the Town
Eleven Seattle-area medical marijuana shops were told to shut down by the Drug Enforcement Administration for being within 1,000 feet of schools. The letters take a similar tactic to one federal agents used in 2011 and 2012 in Washington and other states.
Kansas family growing hydro tomatoes raided in failed marijuana bust | Marijuana and Cannabis News | Toke of the Town
Apparently growing vegetables in your basement in Leawood, Kansas is reason enough for the local police to raid your house, hold you and your family at gunpoint and accuse your 13-year-old son of using marijuana. At least, that’s the message sent after Johnson County Sheriff deputies blew in the door of the Harte family home last year looking for marijuana.
Three Years, Man! Toke Of The Town Born On This Day In 2009
~ alapoet ~Toke of the Town editor Steve Elliott celebrating three years of high points and big hitsThree years ago today — actually, three years ago tonight, at 7:08 p.m. Pacific time — my THC-stai