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By johnboy - 18 July 2013 25

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ACT Policing seized a number of cannabis plants and a substance suspected to be steroids during two simultaneous Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 (DODA) search warrants earlier today (Thursday 18 July 2013).

About 6.30am, ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations members executed two simultaneous DODA search warrants at premises located in Isabella Plains and Richardson.

During the search police located sheds at both premises which contained hydroponic growing equipment, a number of cannabis plants at varying stages of growth and dried plant matter suspected to be cannabis. Police seized a total of 30 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of over $60,000.

Police also seized a number of vials of a substance suspected to be steroids from the premises in Richardson.
ACT Firearms Registry attended the Richardson premises and seized five registered firearms which were incorrectly stored.

A 42-year-old Richardson man and a 40-year-old Isabella Plains man will be summonsed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court at later date to face charges of Cultivating a Controlled Plant and Possession of Steroids.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Tuggers grow houses busted
Thumper 11:26 am 19 Jul 13

“Personally I’m in favour of a medical approach using barbituates, methadone, etc and with a second line that prescribes the drug of addiction in controlled doses to people who have trouble quitting. Sure users will still be using but at least not taking the risks and committing the crimes associated with illegal procurement.”

This.

Thumper 11:25 am 19 Jul 13

Jim Jones said :

Thumper said :

Jim Jones said :

Thumper said :

DrKoresh said :

Boo! Po-po should be out doing something useful for the community, instead of conspicuously busting small-time growers and trying to look Tough On Drugs.

30 plants at $60K.

Small time?

I dunno where the coppers are getting their drugs from, but they’re getting ripped off: they always grossly overestimate the ‘street value’.

Does anyone seriously contend that 30 plants are worth $60,000? $2,000 a plant? Gimme a break. Even if you’re selling at $300 an ounce (which is hardly a viable price to be onselling to distributors – you’d be lucky to flog it direct to clients at that rate), each plant would have to yield over 6 and a half ounces of good quality dried head. The leaf is next to useless.

Okay then, let’s remove the inflated dollar figure.

30 plants is not what you’d call personal use, unlesss you are Bob Marley.

True – but you gotta share the love.

30 plants is hardly a ‘major operation’. Sounds more like ‘personal use with a good dose of exuberance’ to me.

Don’t get wrong. I think it should be legal and regulated. However, that is for another day…

Jim Jones 11:19 am 19 Jul 13

gungsuperstar said :

7 plants isn’t going to hurt supply much… in fact 7 plants isn’t that far beyond being able to make a personal use defence… so it’s disappointing that the police even waste their time on this when there are real criminals to catch.

To play devil’s advocate: the laws do exist (whether or not you agree with them) and if the police simply turned a blind eye, the whole thing would probably get out of control. 30 plants is (as Thumper points out) probably crossing the line a bit.

Also notable that steroids were (allegedly) found, so may have been that they were looking for something beyond a bit of dakka. Not like they can just ignore it once they’ve found it.

Jim Jones 11:15 am 19 Jul 13

Thumper said :

Jim Jones said :

Thumper said :

DrKoresh said :

Boo! Po-po should be out doing something useful for the community, instead of conspicuously busting small-time growers and trying to look Tough On Drugs.

30 plants at $60K.

Small time?

I dunno where the coppers are getting their drugs from, but they’re getting ripped off: they always grossly overestimate the ‘street value’.

Does anyone seriously contend that 30 plants are worth $60,000? $2,000 a plant? Gimme a break. Even if you’re selling at $300 an ounce (which is hardly a viable price to be onselling to distributors – you’d be lucky to flog it direct to clients at that rate), each plant would have to yield over 6 and a half ounces of good quality dried head. The leaf is next to useless.

Okay then, let’s remove the inflated dollar figure.

30 plants is not what you’d call personal use, unlesss you are Bob Marley.

True – but you gotta share the love.

30 plants is hardly a ‘major operation’. Sounds more like ‘personal use with a good dose of exuberance’ to me.

gungsuperstar 10:54 am 19 Jul 13

Right.

So they’ve utilised however many resources to track down 7 plants, and inflated it’s street value by around 500%… Don’t they have anything better to do?

Baggy said :

I just can’t believe that people still contend marijuana has no side effects and is completely harmless.

Having had a friend who succumbed to peer pressure once and was subsequently so messed up in the head they’ve been kept in care for more than 10 years now, this ‘harmless’ approach floors me.

I don’t think anyone argues that it’s completely harmless. But the average stoner isn’t the bored, lazy hipster that the stereotype suggests. Here in Canberra, the average stoner is a well educated professional who is aware of the science that suggests cannabis generally only “causes” schizophrenia in people who have a disposition to it anyway.

The biggest reason that the criminalisation of cannabis makes no sense is because when compared to alcohol, the personal and societal affects are markedly less.

Show me a stoner who has ever gone on a bong-fuelled rampage of street violence?

7 plants isn’t going to hurt supply much… in fact 7 plants isn’t that far beyond being able to make a personal use defence… so it’s disappointing that the police even waste their time on this when there are real criminals to catch.

watto23 10:44 am 19 Jul 13

Baggy said :

I just can’t believe that people still contend marijuana has no side effects and is completely harmless.

Having had a friend who succumbed to peer pressure once and was subsequently so messed up in the head they’ve been kept in care for more than 10 years now, this ‘harmless’ approach floors me.

its not so much that its harmless, but the fact cigarettes and alcohol are legal and arguably as dangerous or more so. IMO its better for the government to be controlling and regulating something like this than banning it.

KB1971 10:36 am 19 Jul 13

BimboGeek said :

DrKoresh said :

Boo! Po-po should be out doing something useful for the community, instead of conspicuously busting small-time growers and trying to look Tough On Drugs.

I agree with you but complaining isn’t going to solve the problem. We need drug users and non users alike to hold their heads high and say “These things should be legal for these scientifically documented reasons and here are our evidence based suggestions for dealing with the social problems caused by drug addiction.”

Personally I’m in favour of a medical approach using barbituates, methadone, etc and with a second line that prescribes the drug of addiction in controlled doses to people who have trouble quitting. Sure users will still be using but at least not taking the risks and committing the crimes associated with illegal procurement.

& the cone smokers unite………

Thumper 10:20 am 19 Jul 13

Jim Jones said :

Thumper said :

DrKoresh said :

Boo! Po-po should be out doing something useful for the community, instead of conspicuously busting small-time growers and trying to look Tough On Drugs.

30 plants at $60K.

Small time?

I dunno where the coppers are getting their drugs from, but they’re getting ripped off: they always grossly overestimate the ‘street value’.

Does anyone seriously contend that 30 plants are worth $60,000? $2,000 a plant? Gimme a break. Even if you’re selling at $300 an ounce (which is hardly a viable price to be onselling to distributors – you’d be lucky to flog it direct to clients at that rate), each plant would have to yield over 6 and a half ounces of good quality dried head. The leaf is next to useless.

Okay then, let’s remove the inflated dollar figure.

30 plants is not what you’d call personal use, unlesss you are Bob Marley.

Baggy 10:07 am 19 Jul 13

I just can’t believe that people still contend marijuana has no side effects and is completely harmless.

Having had a friend who succumbed to peer pressure once and was subsequently so messed up in the head they’ve been kept in care for more than 10 years now, this ‘harmless’ approach floors me.

bundah 9:47 am 19 Jul 13

Judging by the size of the plants and the fact that they said the plants were in varying stages of growth I would’ve thought 60k was rather disingenuous.Mind you it always looks more impressive when the plod embellish the numbers..

Jim Jones 9:17 am 19 Jul 13

Thumper said :

DrKoresh said :

Boo! Po-po should be out doing something useful for the community, instead of conspicuously busting small-time growers and trying to look Tough On Drugs.

30 plants at $60K.

Small time?

I dunno where the coppers are getting their drugs from, but they’re getting ripped off: they always grossly overestimate the ‘street value’.

Does anyone seriously contend that 30 plants are worth $60,000? $2,000 a plant? Gimme a break. Even if you’re selling at $300 an ounce (which is hardly a viable price to be onselling to distributors – you’d be lucky to flog it direct to clients at that rate), each plant would have to yield over 6 and a half ounces of good quality dried head. The leaf is next to useless.

Thumper 8:26 am 19 Jul 13

DrKoresh said :

Boo! Po-po should be out doing something useful for the community, instead of conspicuously busting small-time growers and trying to look Tough On Drugs.

30 plants at $60K.

Small time?

BimboGeek 7:49 am 19 Jul 13

DrKoresh said :

Boo! Po-po should be out doing something useful for the community, instead of conspicuously busting small-time growers and trying to look Tough On Drugs.

I agree with you but complaining isn’t going to solve the problem. We need drug users and non users alike to hold their heads high and say “These things should be legal for these scientifically documented reasons and here are our evidence based suggestions for dealing with the social problems caused by drug addiction.”

Personally I’m in favour of a medical approach using barbituates, methadone, etc and with a second line that prescribes the drug of addiction in controlled doses to people who have trouble quitting. Sure users will still be using but at least not taking the risks and committing the crimes associated with illegal procurement.

xceL 2:32 am 19 Jul 13

Heroin, cocaine, meth.
Those are the drugs you want to be taking off the streets, not cannabis.

How proud those officers must be to get rid of such a harmless drug

DrKoresh 10:53 pm 18 Jul 13

Boo! Po-po should be out doing something useful for the community, instead of conspicuously busting small-time growers and trying to look Tough On Drugs.

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