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Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Dec 28, 2012 - 06:15pm PT
Enjomix, good point

Legalization would also relinquish some of the stigma surrounding weed, stigma that ironically makes it attractive to some people. I think, for all the people worried about possible negative social effects of legalized pot, its very possible that legalization would decrease the attractiveness of the drug, much like what is going on now with cigarettes and alcohol, both being demonized for their negative health effects.

Sport climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 28, 2012 - 08:50pm PT
You will never manage to find all the major water sources and growing spots in a state the size of Cali, its flat impossible, there aren't enough helicopters, patrol officers and other resources in the WORLD to cover Cali alone. A man can actually cover only a few acres a day at most. How many people would it take to cover 100,000 square miles, at what, 640 acres per square mile, assuming visits twice a year in the growth season, a ten hour day and a budget of lets say 10 trillion dollars?

High res satellite imagery with near-infrared band(s) covering the exttent of California forests would do the trick for advanced detection of outdoor grow ops. Collect early summer imagery, look for landcover veg features in the forest that are anomalous, send in armed airborne drones to have a closer look, followed by narco agents for the pre-harvest crop tear down and bust.

Problem solved!

Social climber
So Cal
Dec 28, 2012 - 08:54pm PT

Trad climber
Dec 28, 2012 - 09:54pm PT
Last summer while hiking out of the Sierras over Sawmill Pass I came across what looked to be the remnants of a grow operation. It was several miles from the trailhead and kinda creepy being that far in not knowing if there were booby traps or guys lurking about. We saw drip lines, buckets, cooking stuff and propane tanks. They picked a good canyon, Sawmill sees very little traffic now that it's unmaintained.

A few years back while crawling through old mines north of the Saline Valley we crawled into a large chamber accessed by a vertical shaft that was a meth lab, totally freaky coming upon what looked like a mad scientists lab 100 feet underground. When we climbed out of the mine we kept our heads on a swivel looking and waiting for the cooks to return. We beat feet and after a long soak in the hot springs I told a LEO about our discovery and he said the Inyos have become a popular place for clandestine labs. That was probably 6-7 years ago, maybe it's gotten better by now.
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