What are they smoking in the Eighth Congressional District?!

Well, now you know.

With all the national, statewide, and regional headscratching going on about North Carolina politics, namely in the Eighth Congressional District's 2010 Republican primary runoff election, it should come as no surprise that in Richmond County, the heart of the district, Sheriff deputies have discovered 60,000 marijuana plants.

The latest bust of a large field of marijuana by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office yielded more than 26,500 two-to three-foot tall plants, driving the total number of plants seized over the past month to well over 60,000.

“In my 40-year career, this is the most I’ve ever seen being grown in one area, and it means there’s probably a lot more out there that we just haven’t found yet,” Richmond County Sheriff Dale Furr said Friday. “You can see why marijuana has become the number one cash crop in North Carolina.”

Of course, we don't know what South Carolina's excuse is for the Mark Sanford, Nikki Haley, and Alvin Greene episodes!

While the Tar Heel state's political realm deals with allegations of garden-variety marital infidelity and general government corruption, the Palmetto state appears to be indulging in whatever bordering Richmond County has growing in its garden.

CROSS-POSTED: Wayne's World blog

Comments

From what I've read, marijuana isn't as harmful as tobacco

nor as addictive as either alcohol or tobacco. Why don't all you smart fellas in Raleigh legalize it and tax it and decriminalize it and do everyone a big favor.

The current situation is beyond stupid. It's tragic and insane.

Stan Bozarth

Get real Stan. Pot doesn't

Get real Stan. Pot doesn't have to be as addictive or harmful as alcohol or tobacco to be addictive and harmful. While it might be wise to alter law enforcement's approach in dealing with personal use ( right now it's not much more than a slap on the wrist if someone is caught with a small quantity )it isn't harmless. Frankly pot makes people stupid and long term use has a significant affect. I don't want anyone driving a car, working with others, or making major decisions under the influence. And just for the record it is awfully hard to quit, and that's not based on what I've been told or what I've read.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

I accept your experience based judgment.

Like most things...food, alcohol, cell phones, you name it...sometimes we just don't do what we know we should and we and others pay for it. Peace.

Stan Bozarth

And decriminalize hemp at the same time

it's just getting more and more embarrassing that we don't grow this fantastic crop here in the US and have to import the raw materials to make all the products we make here.

It's the 21st century. Let's act like it.

We don't?

"it's just getting more and more embarrassing that we don't grow this fantastic crop here in the US"

Where have you been hiding? I agree wholeheartedly that we need to decriminalize growing it and being in possession of it. The state or better put the government needs to legalize this product and gain taxes from it. It will not only help with revenue but with reducing the criminal element involved in it. The person that said that it is less addictive than nicotine and alcohol is correct. There are a lot of studies to that affect. Not only that, how many people are arrested or cause accidents and injury operating a motor vehicle under the influence of pot? It just does not happen much against the statistics on alcohol and other drugs. Many of us that do enjoy grass on a personal level that do not deal it know the truth on this so-called drug. There are some very good sources of weed grown right here in the good old USA. We grow the best no matter what anyone else says.

We don't grow hemp here

I'd never make that statement about weed ;-)

Alright

I can go with that. I was just trying to make a point about the "drug". Thank you.

You've got to be kidding.

You've got to be kidding. There is no telling how many workplace accidents and car crashes have occurred because of someone being high. There is no telling how many stupid things have been done because the person was high or how many people have barely tapped into their true potential because they get high often. It's not something that can be easily determined statistically. Not many folks are going to volunteer that information to the investigating officer at a traffic accident or their supervisor after a screw up on the job. I don't want to see people placed in prison because to recreational use but I don't want to see more people, especially those that haven't fully developed physically, emotionally and intellectually abusing it. It is not harmless.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

War on drugs

You can debate the dangers of drugs till the cows come home, but even if you conclude that they are extremely dangerous, you cannot escape the fact that the War on Drugs itself is number one on the list of failed and destructive US public policy. It seems the we, the species known as Americanus Stupida, is fundamentally unable to learn from our mistakes.

Yep

Good way to put it, James. This supposed "war on drugs" is crazy. We are wasting bunches of dollars on it and we are not successful in bringing it under control.

Legalizing drugs is the answer. It will stop the "illegal" trade and it will stifle the "illegal use" of it. In addition, it will realize a great deal of revenue to our coffers.

Alcohol is a drug. Nicotine is a drug. Most prescription medications are drugs. They're legalized and controlled. Duh !

This thread has gone in an unanticipated direction ...

The original intent of the post was an attempt at humor and sarcasm mostly at the expense of our neighbors to the south of us.... Because, as we all know, South Carolina politics is one-of-a-kind! Just when you think the weirdness has come to an end, then somebody says "Nope" and then "whoop, there it is," someone in the Palmetto State, bless their hearts, has lowered (raised?) the bar.

In the interest of full disclosure, I do have relatives who live in South Carolina.