Prohibition Wrecks Families

Here is (another) very sad illustration of prohibition laws actually harming the public more than the substances prohibited.

Police in the Greater Vancouver area have been on a grow-op busting bonanza, moving in on several suspected houses and a warehouse, and even shutting down part of a street for emergency services.

Cops across the province have been stepping up grow-op busts, with officers telling newspapers that they hope peoples homes will be forfeited to the Crown.

Many homes are being seized as the busts continue, which undoubtedly causes serious hardship for the families who once lived in them.

But if you think losing your home will disrupt family life, how about losing your children?

Though details are shaky, the Vancouver Province is reporting that two children, a 12-year-old and a 21-month-old were seized from their parents and placed in the care of the province’s Ministry of Children and Families after police discovered an “active” marijuana grow-op in the house.

This is just one of many horror stories.

Lisa Kirkman, a Canadian cannabis activist, was shocked when American authorities abducted her 11-year-old son, Noah, while he was visiting his father in Oregon. Oregon’s Department of Human Services refuses to return him to his mother in Canada because she was, years ago, busted for growing medical pot without a permit.

It is truly scary that authorities can rip families apart just for growing pot, and it makes me shudder when I think of the words of my friend David Malmo-Levine, who calls the drug war a Gentle Genocide.

Marijuana doesn’t destroy families, but marijuana prohibition does.

Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

Jeremiah Vandermeer is Cannabis Culture Chief of Operations and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.

Comments

24 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    “the kids would find it way easier grab some bud and become grade three stoners”

    your logic doesnt make any sense, by your logic BEER and TOBACCO shouldnt be in the house either.

    ITS THE PARENTS JOBS TO BE HYPOCRITES AND TELL THERE KIDS NOT TO DO ANYTHING UNTIL THEY GET OLDER.

    MARIJUANA PROHIBITION IS NOT HELPING ANYBODY EXCEPT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO OWN THE JAILS!

  2. Anonymous on

    Cannabis should be legalized now. The prerequisite for politicians to get my vote: They must be pro legalization or close to it as possible.

    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    There are many politicians out there and you only get one vote and they don;t care about bong fodder idiots like you who don’t even wake up in time to vote. Your one vote is never going to be put towards any politician who will work to change the pot laws,.. stay home and wait for democracy to come to you

  3. Anonymous on

    KEEP SMOKING, dick pimple, and it will all go away

    just like your employment opportunities and your love life

  4. Anonymous on

    You sit down on the toilet of activism and fail to see that people risk their homes and their families by growing party weed for cash.DUH.. it6s a fact the cops will tear you down and take your toys and kids away. Ask Marc Emery if these guys mean business or not.

    You think you are so alternative Mr Empire Resistance when in fact you are a facecloth putz who can’t do social math. Marc is going to jail for years because he grossly underestimated the gravity of the law, I guess you can join him and his idiot friends behind bars.

  5. Brian Kerr on

    I use my full name. I assumed your handle was a nick name.

    Why don’t we all come out of the closet.

    Regards:

    Brian William Kerr (pee pee toucher)

  6. CannaMan on

    As far as I am concerned, you are completely correct. Grow houses can be very dangerous for children and others living inside due to the possibility of fire, home invasion, etc.

    BUT YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE FOR SO LONG!!!

    If there was no prohibition, there would be no need to grow cannabis indoors, and hence no requirements to deal with the issues of having an indoor garden. Outdoor grow-ops used to be a substantial contributor in Metro Vancouver before it started getting so populated, with bush/grassy and marsh areas being ripped out to put up more houses and condos.
    Regardless, prohibition does nothing but wreck families, throw people out of their homes, and take their possessions. If cannabis was legalized, criminals would have to look elsewhere to make their money. You would probably see a decline in the number of grow houses run by dangerous organized crime groups, as growing cannabis would not be a lucrative cash crop any more due to regulation by the government. They would have to turn to hard drugs and weapons to make money, but being a gangster, thats what you do best.
    If cannabis prohibition were to end, I believe we would see the dawn of a new era, one where there is less crime, less danger on the streets, no jail time for cannabis growers and users, and no destroyed families, which are the most tragic victims of this “Gentle Genocide”.

  7. Anonymous on

    if you live in a 420 ghetto, you would probably think that pot is mainstream, like it sure isn’t unless you are an old vaguedoped up dry rotted hippy teenager, lost in time.

  8. Anonymous on

    Actually I don’t use cannabis or any so called illegal drugs what so ever (because it’s the way I was brought up), but I drink often and smoke cigarettes occasionally. I know that pot is less harmful then either of the two drugs I mentioned above and you can’t get addicted to it. It’s all up to the people who make money selling alcohol and tobacco, it’s almost the same as the oil wars. Drugs like pot shouldn’t be illegal, Amsterdam is proof enough to say that we could make it legal!! Think about all that money the public (your tax dollars) is spending to fight it and lock up people for something so minor is absurd. I heard pot is supposed to be an entry level drug,whatever!! I see more pissed of suckers in bars smoking and drinking away every week and I hardly ever met a mad pothead in my life.

  9. Anonymous on

    only people who profit from prohabition will take this view that guy is either a dealer or a corrupt cop ,or dumb prison guared.either way he is a dispicable profiteer in human misery .and deserves to be aborted hes a bad egg

  10. ziegler for life on

    Ziegler is not a pseudonym pee pee toucher, it’s my real name

  11. Old Fogey on

    You don’t get it, do you? And you never will get it. You just open your mouth and out comes the verbal vomit. Over and over again. And when someone tries to challenge you, or reason with you, you just escalate with more name-calling, as if the use of a few more “assholes,” or “fuckheads” is going to reinforce whatever point you think you’re making. You sound like the kind of bully who would totally shit his pants if he had to confront someone honestly and direcly. The fact is that you don’t have any real research support — all the research is on the other side. If you have it, let’s see it. Also, you seem to be caught in some sort of time warp. You keep talking about “late 70’s worldview” and “hippie trash talk” (which, by the way, appears to be much more literate than your spew) as if you are suffering from some sort of acid flashback. Let me clue you in to something, creepo. Marijuana is mainstream — except that no one talks about it because of hysterical idiots like you. Chances are that your mail carrier smokes it, and your doctor, and your lawyer and that nice older couple next door. And they are all functioning quite nicely, thank you. You’ve lost the battle, but you just won’t fucking give up, will you?? You just keep hitting your head against the wall. What a piece of work.

  12. Anonymous on

    Hi Big Mike..great monologue, makes me want to come on down to Big mikes hydroponic warehouse full of carpets..usewd cars..Bar B Q’s or whatever crap you are on about.

    Nice US accent
    nice giant screen TV in that room

    Mike you are sucking the blood out of the grow opp Mom & Pops and pushing us into big time growers pumping out lame weed for giant cash.Whipping up anxiety against the cops,so you can sell fertilizer/ how hippy creepy wallet stuffing that is

  13. Anonymous on

    if cannabis was legal, everything would stay the same except, stoners would be able to shop easier and grow their own buzz, but their the kids would find it way easier grab some bud and become grade three stoners- and the childrens aid would be waiting for them with nets.

  14. Brian Kerr on

    I just love it when posters who use a pseudonym like to call anonymous posters gutless.

    Now back to the story.

    If people grow weed (for the black market) in a house where there are children, they are putting their kids at risk of injury or death for any number of reasons, such as fire if the electrical system is faulty or for home invasion by other criminals trying to steal the weed or overly aggressive cops shooting up the place on a bust or if there is not proper ventilation mold could be causing health problems etc.

    This whole problem really comes down to prohibition. If Cannabis was legal there would be no need to have grow ops in houses and people who want to use Cannabis could simply purchase it in a legal weed shop or plant a bunch of trees in the back yard.

    Cannabis should be legalized now. The prerequisite for politicians to get my vote: They must be pro legalization or close to it as possible.

  15. Anonymous on

    Thats just great, zzzz at least I am not a stoned out old fuckhead like you with a late 70s worldview with zero sence of responsibility. just more hippie trash talk

    YOU BLABBED THIS CRAP FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE
    I sincerely do believe people like yourself, full of narrow views and lack of research/education, compassion and reason, would be of the mindset slavery/genocide opponents fought years before.

  16. Anonymous on

    Ripping peoples lives apart based on draconian laws and ideologies that have used massive propaganda campaigns to achieve their means can most certainly be paralleled with slavery AND genocide.

    Locking people in cages with exceptionally long prison sentences even, when compared to rape murder and child abuse cases, for a plant that has never caused an overdose death in the history of civilization? Barcoded with a prison number and phsycologically destroyed, or worse, depending on how you fare in a cage with violent and mentally unstable individuals.

    I sincerely do believe people like yourself, full of narrow views and lack of research/education, compassion and reason, would be of the mindset slavery/genocide opponents fought years before. You hold the same capacity to overlook suffering and misery for your ideal of right.

    Parallels indeed.

    Never argue with an idiot, they bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

  17. Anonymous on

    no jew was ever hidden for the price of $8 gram
    and no black running away was ever set on fire and smoked honestly, what a pail of piss you weed venders have become

  18. Anonymous on

    I don;t grow grapes, or grain or tobacco
    its probably too late for you to smarten the fuck up
    so stay stupid but stay out or the way grow for cash goon

  19. ziegler on

    Your lack of intelligence is only surpassed by your lack of spine Anonymous. Would you chastise a family for hiding a Jew during the holocaust, or a plantation owner for helping the underground railroad. The analogies may be extreme but the principals are the same. Weed is medicinal and just because an aging moral majority says its bad doesn’t make it so. Don’t worry even if your too afraid to stand up for what’s right, the people that believe will still fight for you. Pots not bad so whats the need to “go straight” you put freedom behind your family that’s when you lose them

  20. Obviously Anonymous on

    Selfish Assholes destroy their Own Famalies
    You grow grapes/grain/tobacco with kids/ babies in the farm house and you get caught- the cops take your kids away to safety. You lose your home, you have nowhere to put your kids so society has to take care of your kids

    They take the kids home0- they take the farmers home,, if that adds up to kids have no place to live then thats the end of your family -til you go straight and get a new place together.. you bring it on yourselves, selfish alcohol&tobacco money worshiping assholes. You put alcohol or tobacco production before family, you lose your family _and your alcohol&tobacco..

    Nobody made you grow grapes or grain or tobacco..smarten the fuck up

  21. Anonymous on

    You grow pot with kids/ babies in the grow house and you get caught- the cops take your kids away to safety. You lose your home, you have nowhere to put your kids so society has to take care of your kids

    They take the kids home0- they take the growers home,, if that adds up to kids have no place to live then thats the end of your family -til you go straight and get a new place together.. you bring it on yourselves, selfish weed money worshiping assholes. You put dope before family, you lose your family _and your dope..

    Nobody made you hook up those lights..smarten the fuck up