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Florida Growers watch out!
Not From Florida but i wanted all who do live in Florida see this just for a heads up.
This is a new post on NORML.org i saw when i was doing my daily reading.
TALLAHASSEE - Southwest Florida has had a long history in the battle against marijuana trafficking and production. Its history is replete with tales of abandoned airplanes, bales washing ashore and remote fields scattered about.
But times have changed. Just as biological engineering has improved the quality of such crops as corn, soybeans and rice, science has also had a hand in this cash crop.
Refined growing techniques and enhanced strands of marijuana have made the plant up to 15 times more potent than crops grown 20 years ago.
While techniques have changed law enforcement has not. Enter Rep. Nick Thompson, R-Fort Myers, who is trying to update state laws to adapt to a changing illegal business.
Growers now don't need to find remote strands of countryside to profitably cultivate their crops for commercial sale. Armed with new technology, they can as easily and more profitably set up in a house.
Grow lights, climate control and a caretaker to tend to the plants in exchange for room board and a little income becomes an increasingly attractive option. With potent marijuana selling at $4,000 a pound and up, many growers have learned that quality trumps quantity.
The use of such grow houses have been on the rise in recent years.
Florida is only outnumbered by California in the amount of grow houses.
As of 2006, law enforcement uncovered marijuana grow houses in 41 of Florida's 67 counties, according to House estimates.
Under current law, investigators must find 300 plants to determine that a defendant was growing the crop to sell.
Thompson's bill would change that by reducing the number of plants needed to be considered a commercial crop. The measure is scheduled to make its last committee stop Tuesday before going to the House floor. A similar bill is traveling in the Senate.
Thompson'- bill reduces the threshold to 25 plants. It would also make it a third degree felony to own, rent or lease a house mobile home or other structure for the purposes of establishing a grow house.
The proposal would also bump the penalties up to first degree felony if their was a child living at the house and allow law enforcement officials to destroy growing equipment once their investigation is complete.
"In Florida, those who use grow houses to traffic drugs belong in prison," Thompson said recently. "Under this legislation we are clearly telling drug dealers, 'if you grow, you go.' "
This is complete bullshit! What a waste of taxpayer dollars!
It's time for Florida to come up to speed and Decriminalize marijuana and allow for Medical marijuana! In a time where our State is hurting financially from the hurricane damages of recent years, the taxes paid by Legal Medical marijuana dispensaries would be a huge benefit!
We have a large population of Senior Citizens who could benefit from the use of Medical marijuana. Perhaps they could actually not spend their entire Medicare / SS checks on 20 different medications. Imagine if they only had to purchase 1 or 2 prescriptions from the pharmacy and were able to manage their other symptoms ....with the use of Medical marijuana.... which they could grow themselves..... but ohhhh nooooo ... can't have that... gawwwwd forbid we cut into the pharmaceutical companies chunk of the pie!
Come on Floridians... it's time to let our legislators KNOW the will of the people! If we are only surpassed by California in the number of grow houses, then it means we have a market here for the product! The PEOPLE WANT and NEED to smoke marijuana! It's time for Big Brother to back-the-fuck off and change our laws!
(¸.·´ (¸.·´ FL Girl
Yeah, ok Thompson, why dont you go take off your costume and be who you really are... Dr Zhivago.. Yeah, you suck!
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Able to roll a joint
im tired of seeing inocent pple go to jail for marijuanna possesion n other stupid shit like dat its time for a change n we want change now.. cuz damit y the pple of this country as a majority cant choose wat lawz to live by ?.. then to be obligated to live our own lifes the way they want us to so they can control our every moves n have the upper hand on everything . fukin scumbagz
***LEGALIZE MARYJANE U ASS HOLES****
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