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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Stupid Fucking Credulous Hack of the Day: Meredith Vieira

Posted by Dan Savage on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Hot tipper Aaron writes...

I was wondering if you've seen the A&E news feature "Pot City, USA" narrated by Meredith Vieira. It focuses on Arcata, California, the sleepy NorCal town where upwards of 20% of all private residences have been converted into grow houses. It's filled with the requisite adoration of law enforcement, pot bust ride along, and interview with some crazy-looking medical marijuana user. Medical marijuana is presented as being exploited for non-medical purposes which, while true, was not followed up with any discussion of ending prohibition.

From the show summary...

A lot of people think that Humboldt County in northern California is an American paradise. Small towns in the county like Arcata look like they've been plucked right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. But the town has a dirty little secret—law enforcement officials say that over 1,000 homes there may be growing marijuana illegally. Capt. Mark Chapman and the Humboldt County Drug Task Force are determined to take back the town, house by house. Our cameras follow as they make busts and fly over forestlands searching for hidden marijuana groves.

Here's the dirtiest little secret: the only way to end illegal grow-ops is to allow legal ones. The producers of "Pot City, USA" should've interviewed someone willing to point out that out. Once again: no one would be growing marijuana illegally in unoccupied homes or public forests if it were legal to grow marijuana on farms. Part one of "Pot City, USA" after the jump...

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