Oregon’s problem of illegal cannabis
he December Special Session passed Senate Bill 893
and Senate Bill
to provide relief for the humanitarian crisis facing migrant
workers caught up in illegal cannabis operations.
It will create financial
assistance to local law enforcement agencies and community-based
organizations to work with a statewide plan to address the problem of
Senator Jeff Golden (D-Ashland), who co-carried the bill on the Senate
floor with Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend), said, “Illegal cannabis
operations in Southern Oregon have been using our limited water
supply, abusing local workers, threatening neighbors and negatively
impacting businesses run by legal marijuana growers. This is urgent
funding we need right now to protect our agriculture industry, a pillar
of Oregon’s economy and the Rogue Valley’s quality of life.”
he hope for the bills is that illicit growers would leave the state facing
increased enforcement. Although some are reporting a decrease in
activity, residences are saying it’s only a pause for the winter.
the biggest bust was 1000 plants. A recent bust reaped 200,000 plants.
The illegal operations are linked to national and international criminal
These growers are coordinated from out of state and run
by a mid-level person, mostly connected to Mexico. It isn’t just the
Mexican cartels, there is growing evidence of direct ties to Russia,
Albania, Guatemala, Costa Rica, France, China and the Mid-East.
he crime ring doesn’t take the winter off from illegally growing. They
shift to other illegal activities. Jackson County Commissioner Rick Dyer
told the Register-Guard
that “the illegal marijuana situation in Jackson, as well as in neighboring Josephine County, has produced a number of
negative impacts for the region.
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Some of the issues include human
trafficking, narco slavery and forced labor amid deplorable living
conditions. Drug traffickers intimidate and abuse workers, some of
whom are parents to young children, or are minors themselves.”
This week Eugene police ended a high speed chase
by puncturing the
tires of their stolen vehicle to rescued a 10-year-old girl abducted from
her bike. Eugene and Portland police worked together
to rescue six girls
in a Portland hotel room, including four from Eugene. Oregon state
police are looking for a man that tried to abduct a 13-year-old girl.
Eugene police forced another vehicle through a fence and rescued a 17-
year-old girl from a 40-year-old that is reported to have been arrested
over 40 times. Another 17-year-old girl was rescued last week in Coos
Bay in similar circumstances. Jackson County exposed a commercial
prostitution and human trafficking parlor
. These are just a tip of what is
regon voters legalized recreational drugs under a false pretense that
the industry would force cartels out-of-state.
But, the state’s policy
welcoming illegals giving them free health care and other benefits may
have encouraged these illegal activities and exasperated the
enforcement of illegal growers and traffickers.
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