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Sheriff Gets Grant To Eradicate Marijuana

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

Local law enforcement got a grant that aims to smoke out marijuana law violators.

The Tuesday accepted a $175,000 federal grant to support the sheriff's department's drug interdiction efforts.

The Drug Enforcement Administration "Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program" grant was awarded 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.

Law enforcement has been busy in the last few years. After California voters approved a bill legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, numerous storefront marijuana dispensaries opened in Temecula and the surrounding area.

Various law enforcement agencies have shut down each one.

"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."

-- Peter Surowski contributed to this report.

Gustavo Picciuto June 06, 2012 at 04:55 PM
No matter how much money you throw (waste) at eradicating Marijuana it will ALWAYS be here. They will NEVER EVER get rid of it completely so all this money their using to fight this PLANT is just worthless paper basically, instead of putting it to good use it's being used to pay very expensive gardeners with guns. No wonder this country is where it is.
Trevor B June 06, 2012 at 05:05 PM
The 'War on Drugs' as been a failure for the past 30 years. Its time to stop wasting money on it.
Christopher June 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Follow the money, the war on drugs creates government jobs here and in Mexico, it is a partnership or even a dance between two corruptions. Don’t kid yourselves; we both slaughter the innocent for what we believe to be the greater good here and abroad. It is sad when we lose someone to drugs but sadder when someone we are losing has no access to whatever drug helps them feel a bit more comfortable in their final year…
Mimi June 06, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Since the war on drugs began, we have spent a trillion dollars on this charade. What a joke. We should be spending that money on education because stupid seems more prevalent than drugs
Jim bob June 06, 2012 at 10:08 PM
This is EXACTLY why law enforcement will NEVER stop the war against its citizens. Money trumps EVERYTHING!
@legalizepot2012 on twitter June 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM
´╗┐The prohibition of pot has been a scam from the beginning It is a disgrace that should have never occurred because of the pandering to extreme racism & corrupt monopolistic business interests and outright acts of deceit. Pot has been used as medicine for over 4,000 years by nearly every major culture & that cannabis was used as medicine in the USA until 1937. Cannabis was listed in the US Pharmacopeia from 1850 until 1942. The AMA was opposed to prohibition. The decorticator machine received 2 US patents in 1936. It was a machine that processed hemp fiber efficiently & cheaply. This development put hemp in the running against cotton & synthetic fibers. Popular Mechanics did a spread about hemps potential as the nations first billion dollar crop. Andrew Mellon secretary of the treasury had major investments in DuPont chemicals. He wanted to insure DuPonts success with synthetic fibers. He viewed hemp as a competitor. He practiced blatant nepotism when he appointed his nephew in law H. Anlsinger as head of the new Narcotics Bureau. Anslinger was an extreme racist & alcohol prohibitionist who became a hero to his fellow unemployed prohibitionists when he hired them. The Hearsts & Rockafellers both financed the prohibition campaign to bolster their monopolistic business interests & were also extreme racists. If Anslinger and his consorts tried to do today what they did back then they would charged with a wide variety of hate crimes and corrupt business practices.
TVOR June 06, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Indeed the war on drugs is a failure but it is still important for the government to crack down on black market goods. Marijuana is still illegal by federal law and state law does not currently take precedent over federal law. It seems those who don't want to see the law change still have enough power to prevent it.
Christopher June 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Follow the money should be clarified as follow the “color” of money. If the government was serious about the drug issue then make all drugs legal and invest in “rehabilitation”. Then change the color of money and illegal activities are instantly bankrupted. This idea has been around since the 1960’s but avoided as there is a larger plan waiting called the cashless society. The government needs the drug wars and human trafficking to sell society into the smooth transition of the new era. Many technical methods, personal tracking, spy cameras, currency, etc will all merge into a single device cheered by the masses for the problems it solves. It is computer perfection, held in your hand and placed at your forehead. So valuable is it to each individual you will need a personal identity system to protect your device against theft. This is the solution to solving this scourge of society along with the need for social media to bring us all together as children in the loving family of the new world order. For those that missed the point of what I write, I am sad; you have been desensitized and groomed.
TVOR June 07, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Any technology devised by man is subject to misuse. It is supposed to be the job of our leadership to prevent that but there is so little true leadership among our elected officials it is scary.
Bri June 08, 2012 at 07:52 PM
If people want to do drugs they're going to do it no matter what. We need to stop wasting our money on lost causes and start using it towards education for people who will actually amount to something! Plus lets be real here, marijuana has directly caused exactly ZERO deaths! It has far less toxic effects than tobacco and alcohol and has been proven to have numerous medical applications. The primary reason it has been criminalized is because 90% of the major business would go bankrupt due to cannabis's inexpensive source of materials.
TVOR June 09, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Marijuana has been directly responsible for the death of many heavy users' intelects. I have never met a heavy, habitual marijuana smoker who did not have obvious brain damage from it.
Jim Stamm June 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM
´╗┐Perhaps if TVOR could spell correctly I could take his comments more seriously. There is no brain damage from marijuana usage. Marijuana, or more specifically THC, works by imitating a natural lipid protein called anandamide which is produced by the body. In fact ther have been several studies which indicate that pot may lead to neurogenesis or brain growth. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/10/051016083817.htm http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8155-marijuana-might-cause-new-cell-growth-in-the-brain.html http://www.postmodernmoron.com/2011/02/06/marijuana-stimulates-brain-cell-growth-no-bullshit/ http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-food/201007/the-munchies-marijuana-and-happiness There have also been several studies showing intelligence & cognition are unaffected by heavy marijuana use. http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2001/10.11/marijuana.html http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/08/does-marijuana-make-you-stupid/ And one study showed light pot usage may actually increase IQ slightly http://www.cmaj.ca/content/166/7/887.full It may be different when it comes to children though. But kids shouldn’t be getting loaded period. Now alcohol is totally different story. It actually kills & harms brain cellsother body organs. Yet it is legal??
nathan zapata June 12, 2012 at 03:04 PM
if weed is so bad,why is it used for so much good?whats new,all our govt. does is waste money and screw america over!!!

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