Pot Cops on Discovery

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I'm sure this will be every bit as genuine and not-staged as that Moonshiners mockumentary.

And I'm sure the terms "Narco-terrorism!" and "Cartel!" will be thrown about loudly and frequently.
 

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I DVR'd it. Yep, the cops are all acting like these local growers are hardcore gang bangers in rural northern California.

Go after the cartels and other untaxed aliens. Leave the white trash alone, I says.
 

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Hush you guys, it's IA.



So what? This is just a show about busting pot farmers? Do they know what century it is and do they know their primary audience?
 

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WASHINGTON, April 3, 2013―On this particular hump day, TV offers a wonderful respite from the rigors of the work week. Funny sitcoms, great dramas, interesting documentaries, and some basic cable premieres offer up a tasty menu of choices for tonight’s viewing.
Given the current national debate over marijuana and states’ rights when determining its criminality, the show “Pot Cops” on Discovery Channel (tonight at 10 p.m.), could have provided some real insight into the ongoing issue. Unfortunately, all the show manages to do is cloud the issue even more.

According to Discovery Channel promos for the show: “In the vast forests of Northern California, most would never imagine encountering gunfire, booby traps and cartel activity. But here in Humboldt County, an area with some of the most conducive growing conditions in the United States, the country side is overrun with armed Mexican drug cartels that are willing to use violence to protect their valuable marijuana crops.”
This is an intriguing press release designed to pull viewers in. But it is not even close to the truth. According to Tommy Lanier, director of the National Marijuana Initiative, which is part of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, there was scant evidence that the cartels exerted much control over marijuana growing in the national forests. “Based on our intelligence, which includes thousands of cell phone numbers and wiretaps, we haven’t been able to connect anyone to a major cartel,” he said.
“We’ve had undercover agents at the highest level of these groups, breaking bread and drinking tequila,” says Roy Giorgi, commander of the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, a multi-agency organization headquartered in Sacramento. “Even at their most comfortable, the leaders never said, ‘Hey, we’re working for the Zetas.’ “
Since the basic premise of the show hinges on busting up non-existent cartels, one has to question its credibility from the start. Discovery Channel is not above manufacturing story lines to sell their shows, so this should come as no surprise.
But “Pot Cops” isn’t about catching snow crab off the coast of Alaska or dredging gold out of the Bering Sea. It’s about law enforcement fighting an enemy that doesn’t exist in a “war on drugs” that has very little success to show for its efforts.
Discovery Channel’s disregard for the truth in pursuit of ratings is just another example of the network’s increasing propensity to make their programs less about “discovery” and more about profit. Given the questionable ethics of reality TV in general, this should come as no surprise. But, airing fictional shows like “Pot Cops” and selling them as fact is another thing all together.
“Discovery Channel” should stick to the usual disposable nonsense it airs like “Moonshiners” and “Amish Mafia,” and leave hotbed issues like marijuana alone.
http://communities.washingtontimes....-tonight-premiere-pot-cops-discovery-channel/
 

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Some of the bigger outdoor grow ops do have a bunch of polluting Pedro's who never clean up/burn their trash. I hate those fucks.

The cops all act like they're facing down super violent arch criminals. Good thing they use helicopters to warn them.
 

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I forgot to DVR it, the pilot was filmed in my area (I live in Humboldt County).

There really aren't as many Mexican cartels here as in more inland and southern counties. The place is overrun with growers, but most are locals.
 

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I'd rather the cops dedicate their time to busting meth makers.
 

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I'd rather the cops dedicate their time to busting meth makers.
Why? That wouldn't do shit. It wouldn't put much of a dent in meth production/consumption. We need to face the truth; there is ABSOLUTELY NO aspect of drug prohibition that is successful. In fact, drug prohibition drives up the profit margin of drug sales, which incentivizes drug dealing.
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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Why? That wouldn't do shit. It wouldn't put much of a dent in meth production/consumption. We need to face the truth; there is ABSOLUTELY NO aspect of drug prohibition that is successful. In fact, drug prohibition drives up the profit margin of drug sales, which incentivizes drug dealing.

The toxic waste they produce and dispose of is the real hazard.