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    A recent article reports that marijuana has surpassed cherries to become Washington state's number eight agricultural commodity. If you needed an example of the failure of marijuana prohibition, there it is: An illegal product ranks in the top 10 of agricultural moneymakers.

    In the article, state law enforcement officials offered some key insights on their efforts to wipe out this cash crop. We couldn't help but imagine the following Q&A:

    Why is marijuana such a huge crop in Washington if growers are at risk of criminal penalties?

    The net results are worth the effort, said [head of Washington State Patrol narcotics program Rich] Wiley, who coordinates pot busts with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement agencies. A single plant can produce as much as a pound of processed marijuana, worth an estimated $2,000, he said.

    But surely marijuana prohibition is diminishing these illegal growing operations?

    In recent years, marijuana grows have been larger and more sophisticated than in the past, law enforcement spokesmen said.
    Douglas County sheriff's Chief Criminal Deputy Robbin Wagg said while some “mom and pop” grows of 500 or fewer plants are still being found, most are larger and more sophisticated, with as many as 10,000 plants being irrigated and tended.

    (Yes, that's right. Farms of fewer than 500 plants qualify as "mom and pop" operations.)

    But surely law enforcement has lots of resources to help them in their work against these illegal activities?
    Marijuana eradication efforts have been hampered by cutbacks in Air National Guard budgets and personnel have been assigned to tasks related to the Iraq war, Wagg said. National Guard helicopters are "the most productive way" to spot marijuana patches in the county's remote fields and draws, he said.
    And these efforts to eradicate marijuana farms are successful?
    "We get half if we're lucky and good," Wagg said.
    But half is pretty good, right?
    "They're very innovative," Wiley said of the growers. "Our informants tell us they overplant, knowing we are going to get a percentage of it."

    OK, we give up. Marijuana prohibition in Washington has failed like it has everywhere else. Fortunately, we Nevadans have a chance to stop pursuing this failed policy by voting for the marijuana initiative this November.
    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

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    Originally posted by LadyOfWhite
    We couldn't help but imagine the following Q&A:
    So the Q&A didnt even take place?

    Nice news anyway.
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