Yes we can(nabis)
Drug growers evade police
The number of cannabis plants seized in New Zealand each year is only a "small proportion" of those grown, police say. A rise in plant seizures since 2000 reflected an increase in illicit growers and targeted action, they said.
So in 2009, the Police seized 118 000 plants and arrested 912 people into our underfunded groaning at the seams double bunked prison system. Let’s remind ourselves that alcohol and cigarettes kill tens of thousands of more people per year than marijuana ever has, however the Police have concluded that a kilo of cannabis creates a ‘social cost’ of $11 790. Which is amazing, the Police can’t tell us how much the cost of policing a substance which kills tens of thousands fewer than Ciggies and booze, but they do have time to work out the ‘social cost’ of a kilo of weed. Isn’t it true that policing marijuana costs tens of millions each year, couldn’t we be putting that money into real crimes that hurt real people rather than policing something as ridiculous as marijuana?