Two northern California high schools, Yreka and Mt. Shasta, were invaded in mid-January by 100 cops, many dressed up in their jack-boot thug costumes, culminating an undercover snitch operation targeting marijuana. Thirty three people, including a Mt. Shasta councilwoman, will now have their lives destroyed by the “justice system.”
The Yreka Siskiyou Daily News reports that “Agencies that took part in Wednesday’s operations include the California Department of Justice-Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement Redding Office, Glenn Interagency Narcotic Task Force, Tehama Interagency Drug Enforcement, Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force, Modoc County Narcotic Task Force, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control, Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office, Weed Police Department, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department (SCSO), Mt. Shasta Police Department (MSPD), Yreka Police Department (YPD), Siskiyou County Probation Department, Siskiyou County Child Protective Services and the Siskiyou County Interagency Task Force (SCINTF).”
Somehow, three cops were required for each arrest. The processing of the 33 arrested now moves to District Attorneys for prosecution and will continue, years hence, with their imprisonment. The war against cannabis is essentially a massive public works program funding cops, prosecutors and jailers. The program’s end product is humans in cages, adding only to California’s massive deficit. A real public works program should result in things being built, students being educated, value being created. California may soon have to lay off 100,000 teachers, and begin issuing IOUs. Perhaps the newly unemployed teachers can get jobs arresting, prosecuting and jailing their former students instead.
The drugs involved were the softest of all, marijuana, concentrated marijuana (hashish?) and ecstasy. Cannabis, of course, lacks the addictiveness and lethality of tobacco cigarettes. Ecstasy was a promising new therapeutic tool for increasing empathy and reducing neurosis until stricken illegal by drug warriors in congress.
Had the 100 cops really wanted to achieve safety and public service, they should have swooped down on corner stores selling to minors the addictive and lethal drug, cigarettes. About 3,000 American teenagers begin smoking cigarettes each day, nearly one million new addicts each year. Around one third will die from their new cigarette habit. By contrast, zero people die from using cannabis, except those killed in paramilitary police raids.