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.
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.