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Police snuff out multi-million dollar marijuana grow on Mount Diablo

Original post made on Sep 16, 2011

With the help of volunteers and a keen eye, State Parks Police and Contra Costa County sheriffs raided a marijuana growing operation on Mount Diablo last week, netting between $3 million and $5 million in plants. Between 2,000 and 3,000 plants were removed from the northeast quadrant of the park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 16, 2011, 4:37 PM

Comments (25)

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

The sooner we legalize pot, the quicker the most dangerous aspect of the drug will disappear.


Posted by Pete , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm

What is the most dangerous aspect of the drug Mike?

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm


Death related to the fight to control its manufacture and sale.


Posted by j, a resident of Castlewood
on Sep 17, 2011 at 1:03 am

its a plant the only reason its legal is the stupid govenment and their 10 percent

Posted by Timothy T, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

In related news: Pot prices unaffected, still widely available, estimated street value of bust completely useless.

Posted by Nancy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Thank you so much! I appreciate it when my tax dollars are not used to keep drunk drivers from destroying families, but instead used to protect me from people on couches stuffing twinkies in their mouths.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Lease the land and tax the product.
This is a straight-up cash cow just waiting to be milked!


Posted by Steve, a resident of Parkside
on Sep 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Will all you anything goes liberals explain why it's ok to smoke pot where you like but not cigars or cigarettes? Double standard or just hypocrisy?

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm


I'm not an "anything-goes" liberal and I certainly couldn't speak for anyone who is, but I would expect the same laws to apply equally to both substances.


Posted by Sherry, a resident of California Reflections
on Sep 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Dumb and Dummer, Redux: An argument between Steve and Mike. Oh goodie!!!

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 18, 2011 at 11:58 pm


Gratuitous rudeness adds nothing to the discussion but a confirmation of the author's immaturity.


Posted by Sherry, a resident of California Reflections
on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:18 am

Also, immature discussion confirms gratuitous rudeness.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:50 am


The logic of your statement escapes me.

Immature means undeveloped. How can an undeveloped discussion be rude?

A rude author is immature because he has not developed the skill to express himself in an intelligent way.


Posted by Sherry, a resident of California Reflections
on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:58 am

Logic presupposes intelligence. Poster lacks intelligence. Therefore, how can poster be logical? An illogical author is unintelligent because he has not learned how to be logical. Nope. No tautologies here. Just a sack of flour with private definitions and illogical conclusions. Good for advertising jingles, maybe.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 19, 2011 at 1:46 am


That qualifies as a meltdown.

What say we return to the topic. Do you feel that pot smoking laws would or should differ from cigarette smoking laws?


Posted by Gil, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 19, 2011 at 9:13 am

I'm against. There is no indisputable evidence that second-hand marijuana is harmful to children or anyone else who might be in a restaurant or Fish House. The science just isn't there yet. Also, I like the new water cigarettes. And tobacco flavored gum. Not so much chewing tobacco.

Posted by Jon, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 19, 2011 at 9:22 am

My two cents!

I think that the smoking of both should have the same laws governing them. That said, both products can be vaporized and not cause any harmful or annoying second hand smoke to the people around. In fact they can barley be noticed.

The Gov. should grow and distribute pot and keep the money to fix our budget / deficit. The profit being made by the private sector is unreal and the regulations on how it is grown and what is in it have no guidelines. Not to mention it can save lives on officers approaching a grow operation. Just like moonshine many years ago

Posted by Peter Milliken, a resident of Valley Trails
on Sep 19, 2011 at 9:34 am

If THC is considered a drug than it can only be available through your local pharmacy. Illegal drugs with no approved medical use--such as heroin and marijuana--are under the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Administration3. FDA assists DEA in deciding how stringent DEA controls should be on drugs that are medically accepted but that have a strong potential for abuse. DEA establishes limits on the amount of these prescription drugs that are permitted to be manufactured each year.

Posted by Tony Witterstein, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

Agreed Peter! There is a government conspiracy a foot to deprive us of our Constitutional Rights to live life the way it best fits us. THC and marijuana are so different, and the government tries to tell us that one is better than the other.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm


If pot were legalized, then wouldn't it be reclassified into an uncontrolled substance and released from DEA jurisdiction?


Posted by Peter Milliken, a resident of Valley Trails
on Sep 20, 2011 at 9:28 am


It is already an uncontrolled substance and you can see what a problem it is. I agree that there are those who benefit from this drug; however it must be controlled and prescribed by a licensed physician and lab. By doing so the person(s) who are taking this drug will be somewhat assured that it is pure, grown in a controlled facility, and available only by prescription. Even so we will still have the illegal distribution and use in this country. So many people will be hurt and have been hurt or killed using this drug

Posted by Tony Witterstein, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

Okay, now I get it! If pot is legalized, then it won't be illegal anymore. Then the DEA won't have to go after pot growers and users because it will be legal. Whether it is controllable or not depends on who is controlling it. Think about it!

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm


In a democracy, that would be the public - ultimately, that is. If the public votes to legalize pot, then the DEA would be relieved of its jurisdictional responsibilities and, I might add, criminal organization involvement would be neutralized.

Using prohibition as a model might be a time saver in this discussion.


Posted by Chad, a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Hopefully our state will legalize pot in 2012. If you want to grow it, you can do it in your own backyard or land, without ruining precious wildlife and the rest of the environment which usually happens with these large scale outdoor grows. It would also be good to know we would basically put cartels out of business since over 60% of their revenue is generated through marijuana. No revenue from marijuana = no funds to buy all the weapons and manufacture THE REAL DRUGS THAT KILL PEOPLE AND RUIN LIVES. Also as mentioned before, marijuana is a gold mine. Whether you choose to believe it or not, legalizing marijuana could potentially bring our state out of debt--well, it most likely would.

The other reason I have chosen to make my first ever post on this website is the blatant ignorance associated with marijuana. The government and media keep this plant illegal by brainwashing the public into believing "it's a gateway drug" and convincing them its the most dangerous drug out there--"your kids are probably smoking marijuana without you knowing!!". I will say that I would rather my kid is puffing on some bud than getting hooked up cigarettes and chew; you know, drugs that actual have dangerous, health-diminishing side affects.

People who are anti-pot need to stop being sheep and ignorantly preaching that pot should remain illegal because they ate an edible one time in college and it made them couch-locked and pass out. The younger, pro-marijuana generation is pro-legalization because they know it's not dangerous like "The War on Drugs" set out to instill in peoples heads(which it successfully did). They understand, and know there has been research conducted that marijuana can be used in a recreational way without any side affects whatsoever(vaporized or edibles for example).

If you plan on attempting to keep pot illegal, I urge you to educate yourself before you regurgitate your fake/false information regarding pot.

I am a republican by the way, before you go spewing your "stupid liberal" replies.

Posted by kcswanko, a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Sep 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

This is why it should be legal. Get these people out of our parks.

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