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Nat’l Guard copter aids in seizure of pot plants

Program aids local agencies, but budget cuts imperil operations

Schoharie County Sheriff's Deputy Bruce Baker prepares to search for marijuana from a passenger seat on the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force's Lakota helicopter.
Schoharie County Sheriff's Deputy Bruce Baker prepares to search for marijuana from a passenger seat on the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force's Lakota helicopter.
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Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond gathered with deputies at the tiny Sharon airport last week, eager to confirm their hunches about where illegal marijuana crops might be growing. As they work to stem illegal marijuana production, the county’s law enforcement agencies are generally limited to what they can see from roads or otherwise find with tips from the citizenry. With the help of the National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force — and a military helicopter — ...


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Will1960
September 9, 2013
8:56 a.m.

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"The Obama administration requested only $91.2 million to purchase 10 helicopters in the 2013 budget proposal, according to Stephanie Valle, a spokeswoman for Rep. Gibson."
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Only 91.2 Million, really? The question here that needs to be asked is what impact do these costly helicopter operations have on the availability of pot in the community. The answer is none. While others states are passing legalization laws of pot, in New York we continue to waste money on the war on pot and there's been no accountability for this 40 year old failed experiment. Prohibition doesn't work, regardless of how much we spend.
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Col. Sloma states, "those issues will still be there." Not if we the people wise up and vote in politicians who will control, tax and regulate pot. Until then we can count on our government to continue to fund this futility, defend it's uselessness, all the while patting themselves on the back for making a difference.

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