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Old 05-14-2016, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Operation Green Merchant

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The only opinion I have on the article is that I bought 'High Times' and 'Sinsimilla Tips' mags back in the day. I quit buying 'Sinsimilla Tips' because I couldn't afford both. I seem to recall 'Sinsimilla Tips' having a way higher cover price and less info pertaining to my needs. It could have been the difference in indoor vs outdoor grow info. So, imo, the rise of 'High Times' and the demise of 'Sinsimilla Tips' could have been due to 'High Times' being a better magazine. At least at the time.
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Sensimilla Tips, went out of business, and High Times spent years recovering from the loss of its most lucrative advertisers. Sensimilla Tips publisher Tom Alexander established the magazine The Growing Edge in the aftermath of Operation Green Merchant, where nary a mention of marijuana can be found.

Operation Green Merchant | Cannabis Culture
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Store owners and employees watched in horror as gun-toting police ransacked their shops. In most cases, no charges were ever filed, but civil asset forfeitures stole millions of dollars worth of inventory from stores and individuals.

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they would chase us down the street and lynch us."
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Then, on a day known in the hydroponics industry as Black Thursday, October 26, 1989, the DEA in conjunction with dozens of other law enforcement agencies raided hydroponics stores in 46 states, arresting 119 people, seizing several indoor gardening shops and thousands of cannabis plants.

In 1991, DEA agents began serving subpoenas on hydro store owners, seeking customer addresses and other private information. Agents raided, questioned, and intimidated hundreds of people and organizations, including scientists and NASA’s horticultural research facilities. By the end of 1991, Green Merchant had arrested 1,262 people, dismantled 977 indoor grows, and seized $17.5 million in assets. Dozens of people served 4 to 15 year prison terms, many with mandatory minimums that did not allow for sentence reduction.

The Green Merchant scheme backfired on the DEA. The general public and Libertarian politicians heard that innocent hydroponics store owners had been convicted of marijuana charges solely based on questionable testimony from tainted informants. People found out the DEA entrapped suspects, ruined lives and businesses, and sent harmless people to prison. The DEA came off not as heroic anti-drug crusaders, but as Nazis....

The basis for such extreme avoidance is a federal law, specifically “21 U.S.C. 863,” which defines drug paraphernalia as “any equipment, product, or material of any kind which is primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, concealing, producing, processing, preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance?”

Because the definition of paraphernalia criminalizes innocent items, the law says that “in determining whether an item constitutes drug paraphernalia, in addition to all other logically relevant factors, the following may be considered: continued...


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... all without moneysluts bartering with the prohibitionists who should not be at the discussion table to start. 50 years of persecuting Americans and now they want to influence policy! Repeal all of Nixon's lies legislated by a neoconstipated neocongress. Nothing less! No more impotent state band aids or prohibitionist profiteers!

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