Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Man slain at grow-op

Amongst the stories flooding in on Marc Emery's arrest was this...."home-invasions on gardens with fatal consequences." These are rips... and the best the law can do is arrest 'the seed guy' on behalf of idiot(s) John Walters and GW? Are there no honest politicians left? I would be happy to hear if one even has a brain?
I hope the Vansterdam Mayor and former cop (and coroner) brings a bit of common sense to the table.

Someone please convince me instant fines would fix this!

Man slain at grow-op:
Police find 200 marijuana plants in Coquitlam home of victim

by Brad Badelt
Vancouver Sun / August 2, 2005
image CREDIT: Stuart Davis, Vancouver Sun

Uniformed RCMP officers and investigators from the RCMP regional homicide team search the house where a man was shot dead.

COQUITLAM - A 51-year-old man was shot dead Monday morning in his Coquitlam home, where police discovered more than 200 marijuana plantsworth an estimated $30,000.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Pierre Lemaitre said police believe the shooting in the 1100-block of Charland Avenue was directly connected to themarijuana-growing operation.

"We have very strong suspicions that it is linked, but we don't have 100-per-cent proof at this time," Lemaitre said. "More often than not,violence does seem to show up when we have these types of things."

Coquitlam RCMP received an anonymous call reporting gunshots around 8:30 a.m. and shortly after received a 911 call from the victim, asking foran ambulance.

"It just so happened that our officers were doing neighbourhood inquiries in regard to the gunfire and were knocking on the [victim's]front door when the call came in," Lemaitre said.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital, where he died.

Lemaitre said police do not have a suspect or a suspect vehicle. He could not confirm whether police have had earlier dealings with the victim.

According to Lemaitre, most home invasions in the Lower Mainland are connected to a marijuana-growing operation.

"Usually, the minute people on the street talk about a home invasion, you know pretty darn well that it's going to be related to some kind of ripoff of a grow-op," he said. "There might be one out of 10 that isn't, but I'd say on average this type of forced entry with violence isrelated to a marijuana ripoff."

A Surrey man was shot and killed earlier this year and police indicated he may have been connected to a marijuana-growing operation in his home. Last year, the front windows of a North Delta home were shot out andpolice later discovered a growing operation in the house.

"The biggest thing for Lower Mainland residents is to at least hope that the one's committing the forced entry are at the right house," Lemaitre said. "It has happened where innocent neighbours are the ones who have their doors kicked in while they're home."

� The Vancouver Sun 2005
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