Macgregor weed bust

johnboy 13 January 2012 61

Detectives from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations and AFP Serious and Organised Crime arrested a 29-year-old Latham man after executing search warrants on two houses yesterday (Thursday, January 12).

Police attended two addresses in Latham and Macgregor, seizing approximately 11 kilograms of a substance alleged to be cannabis and approximately $80,000 in cash.

The man was taken to the ACT Watch House and charged with traffic a trafficable quantity of cannabis, possessing proceeds of crime and possessing a drug of dependence.

He is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court today where bail will be opposed.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]


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poetix poetix 9:04 pm 18 Jan 12

milkman said :

I understand you can now buy jenkem on the brown market…

Sometimes I think I’d rather remain ignorant…Search engines reveal too much.

milkman milkman 8:18 pm 18 Jan 12

I understand you can now buy jenkem on the brown market…

murraythecat murraythecat 6:18 pm 18 Jan 12

I cant believe no one has made the link between cannabis & Mully. That wasn’t his nickname for no reason. Geez, THAT should be enough reason to ban it (personally, I’m being swayed by the legalisation/regulation argument, but would heartily support anything that would rid the world of more Mully’s).

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 3:40 pm 18 Jan 12

HenryBG said :

Cannabis has never killed anybody,

HenryBG said :

…it doesn’t have anything like the toxicity of caffeine, alcohol or tobacco…

Two separate statements there, please don’t combine them because one of them is technically false and the other is that it is not really the toxicity that governments worry about, and more its physical and clinical effects post intoxication.
House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, Ninth Report into Cannabis, 4 November 1998, Sections 4.3 through 4.6

devils_advocate devils_advocate 2:32 pm 18 Jan 12

Jethro said :

No, I do get home-brewing and why people do it, but I found it too much of a pain in the arse.

Just to be clear, I don’t find homebrewing too much effort – it’s heaps easy, especially if you use kegs rather than bottles.

The effort is attempting to drink other people’s bacteria-infected swill with a straight face and nod politely when they tell you all about how great it is.

Yes, I’ve been scarred.

devils_advocate devils_advocate 2:17 pm 18 Jan 12

HenryBG said :

devils_advocate said :

Also cannabis is far easier to cultivate than tobacco. So more likely for individuals to cultivate it.

Fine, and what’s the problem with that?

I didn’t say anything’s wrong with that. It’s an observation. Pro-tip: Stop looking for arguments where there are none. Might save you going off on random rants sometimes.

HenryBG HenryBG 2:03 pm 18 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

Also cannabis is far easier to cultivate than tobacco. So more likely for individuals to cultivate it.

Fine, and what’s the problem with that?
Cannabis has never killed anybody, it doesn’t have anything like the toxicity of caffeine, alcohol or tobacco, and its prohibition creates the perfect environment for organised crime to feed off as well as criminalising people who really don’t need to be criminalised.

Every plant grown privately is currently one less plant used to fund organised crime. And cannabis is grown all over the place, despite prohibition.

Jethro Jethro 12:45 pm 18 Jan 12

Thumper said :

devils_advocate said :

johnboy said :

It’s really not hard, the main thing is the home brewer will tend to produce for their own pallette, which may not accord with their visitors.

Things have come a long way in terms of availability of good ingredients and knowledge, but I find that many still don’t get the hang of keeping brewing equipment and bottles sufficiently clean. I’ll happily accept virtually any level of bitterness or malt or combinations thereof, but can’t abide bacteria-induced “off” flavours which is often caused by sloppy cleaning.

When will people learn…

Bleach in boiling water then rinse thoroughly.

Find a commercial beer you like and buy that. Much less effort 🙂

No, I do get home-brewing and why people do it, but I found it too much of a pain in the arse. Although until recently there wasn’t much alcoholic ginger beer on the market and home-brewing was worth the effort for that.

Thumper Thumper 12:04 pm 18 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

johnboy said :

It’s really not hard, the main thing is the home brewer will tend to produce for their own pallette, which may not accord with their visitors.

Things have come a long way in terms of availability of good ingredients and knowledge, but I find that many still don’t get the hang of keeping brewing equipment and bottles sufficiently clean. I’ll happily accept virtually any level of bitterness or malt or combinations thereof, but can’t abide bacteria-induced “off” flavours which is often caused by sloppy cleaning.

When will people learn…

Bleach in boiling water then rinse thoroughly.

johnboy johnboy 11:22 am 18 Jan 12

antiseptic solution in a pump spray, apply liberally, problem solved.

devils_advocate devils_advocate 11:20 am 18 Jan 12

johnboy said :

It’s really not hard, the main thing is the home brewer will tend to produce for their own pallette, which may not accord with their visitors.

Things have come a long way in terms of availability of good ingredients and knowledge, but I find that many still don’t get the hang of keeping brewing equipment and bottles sufficiently clean. I’ll happily accept virtually any level of bitterness or malt or combinations thereof, but can’t abide bacteria-induced “off” flavours which is often caused by sloppy cleaning.

When will people learn…

johnboy johnboy 11:04 am 18 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

Also,(off topic) while it is pretty easy and legal to make beer oneself, relatively few seem to master making *good* beer at home.

It’s really not hard, the main thing is the home brewer will tend to produce for their own pallette, which may not accord with their visitors.

devils_advocate devils_advocate 10:56 am 18 Jan 12

johnboy said :

Well beer’s pretty easy and legal to make oneself. But that doesn’t mean we’re not better off having legal beer sales.

Sure, I was purely responding to the statement that hardly anyone buys black market tobacco, when apparently it’s a multi-million dollar industry.

Also,(off topic) while it is pretty easy and legal to make beer oneself, relatively few seem to master making *good* beer at home.

johnboy johnboy 9:47 am 18 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

Also cannabis is far easier to cultivate than tobacco. So more likely for individuals to cultivate it.

Well beer’s pretty easy and legal to make oneself. But that doesn’t mean we’re not better off having legal beer sales.

devils_advocate devils_advocate 9:35 am 18 Jan 12

HenryBG said :

Either way, again, where are your facts?

This is based on your contention that the illegal tobacco trade is equivalent to between 1 and 10 per cent of the legal trade. Given the legal trade is in the billions, the illegal trade is significant in absolute terms, and in percentage terms.

Also cannabis is far easier to cultivate than tobacco. So more likely for individuals to cultivate it.

HenryBG HenryBG 4:50 pm 17 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

1) So now the amount of illegal tobacco represented by $100 million – $500 million of revenue foregone is “hardly anyone”?

Yes, I call that “hardly anyone”, when the total market is worth somewhere between 5.5 and 6 billion $$.
You could call it something else, “very minor”, perhaps, I don’t really care because either way, the facts I have provided totally refute the non-factual contention by the poster claiming the government would fail to raise revenue from legalised sale of cannabis.

devils_advocate said :

Right. Someone is making shit up here, but it aint me.

I notice you’re struggling to bring any facts to the party.

devils_advocate said :

2) For bonus points, see research on statistical estimation of hidden populations.

Is that just a complete non-sequitur, or are you accusing ATO modelling of being unprofessional and defective?
Either way, again, where are your facts?

devils_advocate devils_advocate 3:34 pm 17 Jan 12

HenryBG said :

devils_advocate said :

HenryBG said :

Weirdly, hardly anybody buys black market alcohol or tobacco – funny how reality flies in the face of your piss-poor argument, eh?

Black market tobacco is called chop-chop. The ATO would disagree with your “analysis” that hardly anybody buys it. Similarly, illegal imports (possibly referred to as grey market, depending on who you speak to) are also a problem.

The ATO knows that it collects about $5.5 billion per annum on tobacco. It estimates it loses somewhere between $0.1 billion and $0.5 billion on chop-chop.
As I said – hardly anybody smokes chop-chop.

See what you can do when you use facts instead of just making shit up to support your worthless preconceived notions?

1) So now the amount of illegal tobacco represented by $100 million – $500 million of revenue foregone is “hardly anyone”? Right. Someone is making shit up here, but it aint me.

2) For bonus points, see research on statistical estimation of hidden populations.

Mr_Clapp Mr_Clapp 1:19 pm 17 Jan 12

As someone who enjoys a regular doob after work with friends I’m not all to fussed about it being legal or not, I would prefer to be giving my cash to some enterprising young fellow who makes the world a magical place rather than give it to the government. The war on drugs is a silly war, so it should be treated by all as silly, but please remember that it makes the police feel like they are doing their bit when they get to flex their muscle and brag about their insignificant achievements, because that’s what they are – insignificant, it doesn’t hurt supply, it doesn’t hurt demand and it doesn’t deter.

Education is key, I know that is a hard concept to grasp for prohibition supporters but actually teaching kids facts instead of over killing them with reefer madness propaganda is the only way to create free thinking adults who make decisions based on their own risk assessment and judgment, because they have been given the facts and it is then up to the individual to do with them what they will. Always remember though, it isn’t the drug that is the problem it is the individual.

Most importantly though I think people need to realise that smoking a joint doesn’t make you a “druggie” or an unproductive member of society, in fact in my own experiences it makes me more productive and I don’t have to rely on man made drugs to improve my concentration levels, I don’t sit around on the couch playing video games or watching TV, I take care of business.

HenryBG HenryBG 12:36 pm 17 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

HenryBG said :

Weirdly, hardly anybody buys black market alcohol or tobacco – funny how reality flies in the face of your piss-poor argument, eh?

Black market tobacco is called chop-chop. The ATO would disagree with your “analysis” that hardly anybody buys it. Similarly, illegal imports (possibly referred to as grey market, depending on who you speak to) are also a problem.

The ATO knows that it collects about $5.5 billion per annum on tobacco. It estimates it loses somewhere between $0.1 billion and $0.5 billion on chop-chop.
As I said – hardly anybody smokes chop-chop.

See what you can do when you use facts instead of just making shit up to support your worthless preconceived notions?

qbngeek qbngeek 12:35 pm 17 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

HenryBG said :

Weirdly, hardly anybody buys black market alcohol or tobacco – funny how reality flies in the face of your piss-poor argument, eh?

Black market tobacco is called chop-chop. The ATO would disagree with your “analysis” that hardly anybody buys it. Similarly, illegal imports (possibly referred to as grey market, depending on who you speak to) are also a problem.

And I know of a few people who sell home-brew beers and spirits without a licence and for much cheaper due to no taxes. And some of thier homebrews are better than any beer in most bottlos too, funnily enough. There is also an older gent who makes quite a nice red wine in Quangers that does it all under the table. Cheap and tasty.

And it’s not like chop-chop and home brew sell in small quantities either. I have seen milk crates of home brew spirits being bought from one of these guys and the above mentioned wine sells by the barrel.

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