More than 250 pot plants seized

Detectives say suspect has been growing drugs for two years

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

It took about eight hours to remove evidence from a home Thursday night where Frankfort Police detectives said they found the largest indoor marijuana grow operation in recent memory.

Officers executed a search warrant at 103 Cedar Ridge Road after receiving complaints of a smell coming from the home.

Inside they said they found Cheyenne Gordon Auterson, 35, along with 253 marijuana plants, which were growing throughout most of the home.

Detectives said Auterson had been growing the drugs for about two years. 

He was living out of just two rooms — a bedroom and the kitchen — which were the only rooms in the house that weren’t being used in the grow operation.

The house had been converted to optimize plant growth, detectives said.

Detectives said the heating system was altered to direct extra heat to the grow rooms, watering systems had been put in place, grow lights were installed and ductwork had been tampered with.

When removing the plants, officers had to wear respiratory masks because the chemical and mold fumes had become toxic.

In total, the plants filled 10 large evidence bags.

Detectives said Auterson told them each plant would make a minimum of 1 ounce of marijuana for use, which sells for $300.

That means the entire crop found at the home is worth more than $75,000.

Capt. Walter Martin said in 18 years of working on drug cases, this is the largest amount of marijuana he can remember being seized at one time.

Auterson is charged with cultivating in more than five plants of marijuana and delivering/manufacturing drug paraphernalia.

Detectives said federal charges could be pending.

Auterson is being held in the Franklin County Regional Jail on a $12,000 bond.

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  • I don't drink, smoke, chew or go out with wild women....pretty boring I know.  But, I obviously am not as boring as this guy: "Homo, you have now crossed the 2,000 word threshhold on this story. You have typed (or cut and  pasted) 2,188 words or 12,903 keystrokes. So Steve Fry, TL;DR for sure"

    REALLY!

  • (Calling truce on spelling police.) I don't know what I'd do in that instance (living in a dry county). I'm NOT really one to follow the letter of the law, but I do honor the spirit. I'd probably bootleg it. What about you?

  • And S_F whilst your dancing around the spelling bee, address this:

    And what if you lived in one of the 50 counties that are completely dry, and YOUR drug was illegal?  Would you just quit drinking rot-gut?  Of would you do so illegally?  Where would you get your supply?  Bootleggers? This is no different...illicit suppliers are still suppliers.  I know, comprehending this requires the ability to recognize nuance.  I will stand down now and watch YOU dance around the obvious.

  • Whinning, whinning, whinning, whinning about my little glitch seems like about all that you can really do, ol' buddy.  Tha is your job around there, isn't it?  I guess that you have never mispelled a word before.  I don't use whining very often but I guess that I had better remember how to spell it around here!  Your award winning site is no longer dropping out paragraphs in a wholesale manner, but my spellcheck still does not work.  I am not as careful as I should be to avoid the speller police but you know what they say, "If all you can do is correct someone's spelling, then really, you don't have much to offer." Tell me what part of my comments that you didn't understand because I mispelled whining and I will try to 'splain it to ya'.  

    Why not address the substantive issues that I propose instead of your nit pickin and see if we can have a meaningful dialogue for once. :-)

  • Homo ol' buddy, it ceased being a "typo" when you used it the second time. And in NO WAY am I suggesting you stop clicking on our pages. :o)


  • Buddy, I can always depend on you to correct my typos (rolls eyes).  Let me make an observation though that your comments seem to be restricted by the Twitter rule of 140 characters.  We have no such restrictions here and until we do, I will use as much bandwidth as I deem necessary to make my case.  Besides, I enjoy writing them...would you deny me that pleasure?

    My comments are fleshed out giving sources and reasoning where appropriate...something that your's appear to be seriously lacking in maybe because of this adherence to this unspoken Twitter rule.  Or maybe it is because that just isn't the way you roll.  I mean, if you want to just give your one or two line snipets that is fine, but it is seriously inhibiting the conveyance of your thoughts.  This distillation of complex issues down to their essence in 140 characters is stiffling creative thought and the need to reason...not a good trend.  That tends to make truisms out of anything that is just repeated enough times, regardless of the facts. 

    If my posts truly are too long and boring for you, then all that I can say is just don't read them.  You won't hurt my feelings any.  These subjects that I address are complex issues that are often controversial, speaking truth to power and questioning authority.  I am writing to pursuade those who have an open mind and can follow basic logical deductions and the facts.  I wonder if your real motive here is just to try to keep me from making you question your own paradigms, which can be for some from very uncomfortable to excrutiating.  My partial objective here is to force paradigm shifts to occur in people's minds with reason and logic, so it would appear that I have been at least partially successful in your case.  Have a nice day! 

    Your buddy,

    Homo  

  • What is "whinning"? Oh, that's how you spell "whining" I see now. (rolls eyes)

    Not whining, buddy. That's called a "comment." As in, "Leave your comments," not "write a Manifesto."

     

  • Kentucky has some real and pressing health issues and NONE of them have anything to do with illicit drug use and ESPECIALLY, marijuana use.    The following story was in the REAL ESTATE section in this paper:

     

    "Kentucky is ranked 45th out of the 50 states in a comprehensive analysis of health and the factors that influence it, including smoking, obesity and diabetes in the latest edition ofAmerica’s Health Rankings by the United Health Foundation. One key factor is that the Blue Grass State has the highest smoking rate in the nation – 28.3 percent of the adult population or 930,000 people.

    Kentucky’s other health challenges are a high prevalence of preventable hospital stays and a high prevalence of cancer, according to the report. Hawaii achieved its No. 1 rank in the report for having the lowest rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes, the same problems that sent Mississippi to the bottom of the chart.

    Kentucky’s neighboring state, West Virginia, has almost as high a percentage of smokers, at 28.2 percent of adults, more than Ohio at 23.3 percent of adults. In Cincinnati, the closest major city to Frankfort, there have been concerns that Ohio’s ban on smoking in public places would dampen enthusiasm for casino gambling.

    Positive health news for Kentucky included low rates of binge drinking, a low violent crime rate..." 

     

    So, if illicit drug use/trafficking is having such of a bad effect on our society, then why is our violent crime rate so low?  Shouldn't we be concentrating our scarce resources on what is really making us sick: "smoking, obesity and diabetes", instead of frittering it away on busting indoor grow rooms?  

    Here is a question for you..how many employees of our Sheriff's Office and FPD smoke cigarettes?  How many are obese?  How many are hypocrits?  

  • S_F: "TL;DR"

    and

    "And YOU keep dancing around the obvious. Tobacco is LEGAL. Dangerous, to be sure, but legal. Bourbon is also LEGAL. Deliciously dangerous, I agree, but legal. For the moment, pot is ILLEGAL, whether you agree with that or not. The po-po are DOING THEIR JOBS until we voters tell them otherwise."

    Looks like whinning about my post being too long for you to be able to read, much less debate, and defending your drug of choice, Deliciously dangerous boubon...looks like whinning to me...sorry.

    And what if you lived in one of the 50 counties that are completely dry, and YOUR drug was illegal?  Would you just quit drinking rot-gut?  Of would you do so illegally?  Where would you get your supply?  Bootleggers? This is no different...illicit suppliers are still suppliers.  I know, comprehending this requires the ability to recognize nuance.  I will stand down now and watch YOU dance around the obvious.

  • Me, whine loudly? Wrong. Make my case succinctly? Certainly.

  • odors, not "oders"...sorry.  hey, its early...

  • "TL;DR"...and they say ADD is overdiagnosed.  What you boys need is some Ritalin.  I hear there are some young negroes from Detroit that have some Ritalin for sale around here!  But hurry, supplies are very limited.

     

    " But giving the cops grief for DOING THEIR JOB is pointless."   And the NSA is just doing their job...as was the SS in Nazi Germany?  Ve Vere jus followink orders!  I know nuth-think!!

     

    34989: "...there are way more than two posters that think your posts are discusting(sic) and of absolutley no relevance whatsoever."   It is enough to make you discusted(sic), but is it enought to make you think?  I doubt it.  If these post had "no relevance whatsoever", then you would not respond to them in this manner and they should be a snap for you to logically deconstruct...or better yet, ignore.  But that isn't really what is happening here, is it?

     

    666x666 (I bet they loved that moniker at your church, huh): "Let me tell you this Homo, until you get elected to the legislature and can get the laws changed, law enforcement has to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth. This isn't Iran or Russia or Mexico where cops terrorize the community. These men and women uphold the laws of the Commonwealth. Your rants and 1,000 word soliloquies attacking law enforcement and State Journal are just TL;DR"

    Let me tell YOU this devil man squared, there are more ways to get policies and laws changed than to get elected to the legislature, and better ways too.  For example, a little more than a decade ago, BIG TOBACCO was king and openly hocked its deadly wares to our children with TV and magazine ads directly targeting the vulnerable youth.  They had to because they were losing 440,000 smoking customers a year...the old fashioned way, they killed them.  This well-oiled marketing strategy working beautifully too, enticing 4,000 new young customers a day into an addiction that would eventually kill 2/3 of those who used their deadly products exactly as they were intended.  No accidental overdoses here, boss...just grim cases of cancer, heart disease, emphysema, SIDS, COPD, and a host of other diseases.  

    Smokers lit up with impunity any danged place that they wanted to and dared anyone to challenge them.  And nobody did.  They smoked in our workplaces, restuarants, elevators, public restrooms, bars...ANY place they wanted!  That is because BIG TOBACCO was successful in its decades long advertising campaign that disassociated its deadly and addictive "legal products" from being seen as DRUGS, even though they were far more dangerous that all illicit drugs combined by a magnitude in the thousands.

    And then what happened?  A small group of lucid and resourceful people who were capable of critical analysis, recognizing nuance and oratory, started writing letters to their governor, newpaper editors, representatives, letters to the editor, etc., talking to their non-smoking counterparts, circulating petitions and making their case which was firmly based on scientific studies and filled with inconvenient truths.  They proposed that smoking was a true menace to society, a concept that was based on substative facts. Under this scrutiny, BIG TOBACCO's pseudo "science" fell under its own weight.  It took a little time but this small group was able to make that scientific connection to the public by pointing out the inconsistencies, falsehoods, motives, illogical arguments, AND GREED of BIG TOBACCO and look what we have now.  

    Today, the tobacco industry is a mere shell of what it was. Smoking is banned or seriously restricted in all outdoor public spaces.  No longer were innocent people forced to breath other's deadly fumes (not oders) in the workplace.  Smokers quit.  Kids didn't start.  ADs disappeared.  Laws were passed. Taxes were increased.  The public's awareness and consequentual indignation were lifted.  And it all happened in a little more than a decade.

    Sure, there were folks like Truthy Meter, 34989, S_F, who whined loudly, questioning the motives of those who were speaking out, overhyping what they were doing as attacks on "freedom"...yeah, the freedom to pollute the common airspace.  The "freedom" of a for-profit industry to enslave our children. Nowadays, smoking around kids is akin to child abuse, as well it should be.  But the movement was never about whether adults had the right to smoke, as those who supported the status quo contended, but whether they had the right to make the rest of us smoke along with them.  They were on the wrong side of history.  

    Change happens when well-informed, motivated activist point out the insanity of the current policies, laws and norms.  These laws cannot stand the burden of critical analysis...as they make no sense, are unfair, and they too will fall, even in the one-horse, Mayberry RFD, sleepy little town.  Hey, don't take my word for how this works, just look how far legalization of hemp, or gay rights/marriage have come in such a short time.  You naysayers are on the wrong side of history.

    The squeaky wheel always gets the grease.  

    Truthy: "This isn't Iran or Russia or Mexico where cops terrorize the community", that is a true statement.  Not because our cops aren't terrorizing the community, because they are...well, in certain downtrodden and poverty sticken places in our community (the Sheriff has regular foot patrols in the projects and Section 8 housing, not in Bon Air Hills).  But the United States of America is turning into a police state, as evidenced by the way that the FPD forceably entered Auterson's home with lethal force, guns drawn, and commandeered this man's house and possessions.  Another inconvenient truth that indicates this isn't Iran, Russia or Mexico is that the US incarcerates more of its citizens than any of these countries, or for that matter, any where else in the world, with a high percentage of those being non-violent drug offenders.

    Your reference to Mr. Auterson as a "menace to society" is so YOU, and is indicative of that police state mentality.  How exactly was someone growing pot in their home a "menace to society"?  This wasn't Heisenberg's super blue meth lab, it was an indoor garden, that would be perfectly legal in many other states. So, is it also a "menace to society" in those other states that have decriminalized such activity?  If it is menace to society in one place in our country it should be the same everywhere, that is if it is based on substative evidence of real harm, rather than on the fickle politics of the War on Some Drugs. Your hyped characterization falls apart under the slightest scrutiny.

     

  • HOMO.... trust me when I say that there are way more than two posters that think your posts are discusting and of absolutley no relevance whatsoever.

  • Ya'know, I didn't really write any of it for you two anyway...TL;CC.  Please do not strain yourself with attempting to comprehend my stuff.  You do realize that you are not the only ones on here, don't you?  This is grown up stuff that you wouldn't be interested in anyway.  I will try to put some really short posts on here for you guys soon about some really innocuous subject matter like in the cooking section.  Do your guys like Sponge Bob?

    It is funny that neither one of you can offer any valid argument to refute anything that I say...so you only complain about how long my post are.  Would you like some cheese with your whine?  You must feel so left out.

  • Homo, you have now crossed the 2,000 word threshhold on this story. You have typed (or cut and  pasted) 2,188 words or 12,903 keystrokes. So Steve Fry, TL;DR for sure

    In the 12,903 keystokes Homo has typed, not one mention of the Frankfort Police Department, Chief Wilhoite or others for taking down this menace to society. Why is that? If this was the Sheriff's Office operation, you would have mentioned Melton 30 times.

    Homo thinks the mold would be on the plants, its not, it's on the walls and every other surface of the house. The humidity would drive the mold growth unless this person was fastidious about cleaning the walls or his ventilation system exhausted all the air outside. This would lead to the neighbors being able to smell the marijuana, which stinks to high heaven.

    I guess since the Sheriff didn't take this grow operation down, Homo has no one to attack so he goes after the writer of this story. So go on and verbally attack a young lady who just moved to Frankfort and then being the real man that you are, do it anonymously. 

    Let me tell you this Homo, until you get elected to the legislature and can get the laws changed, law enforcement has to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth. This isn't Iran or Russia or Mexico where cops terrorize the community. These men and women uphold the laws of the Commonwealth. Your rants and 1,000 word soliloquies attacking law enforcement and State Journal are just TL;DR

     

  • TL;DR

    (from urbandictionary.com: Literally, "Too long; didn't read" Said whenever a nerd makes a post that is too long to bother reading.)

  • And s_f, who is dnacing around the obvious here...in my first post I said this:

    "There are those who might say that the police response is justified because marijuana is illegal HERE and alocohol and tobacco are legal, even though in states as close to us in proximity as Indiana, they have decriminalized marijuana. Well, alcohol is perfectly legal here in Franklin County but in 50 dry counties out of our 120 in Kentucky it is illegal.  The hypocrisy strikes at the very heart of our moral position."

  • GEEZE, s_f, how can you tell if mold is present in anything?  Sight? Smell? Taste?  You don't think that someone who is paying $300 for a baggie is not going to be able to tell if it is moldy?  How did the cops know to wear the masks then, send it off to the lab for analysis?

    This decriminalization thingy is about the policies that the police have where they give marijuna offenses high priority. The law doesn't say to investigate, arrest and prosecute marijuana offenses in lieu of other more serious and violent offenses, but the police just do it because they are like tafugate, they obviously hold those who use marijuana for any reason with great disdain.   Cops get really excited over busting stoners, who they consider low life junkies...all the while they are swilling dangerously dilicious bourbon and smoking cigarettes.  I have seen it with my own eyes. 

    Cops lobby our lawmakers with hyped dangers of pot to prevent decriminalization because they cannot imagine a world where they are not going to get to arrest, taze, humiliate, etc. stoners, or liberals who they also hate.  Busting stoners is HIGH on their priority list.  There have been cops in Colorado and CA interviewed on TV who are going through serious withdrawals because the people took away one of their greatest pleasures!  You saw the KSP in there pitching hard when the legislature was debating on hemp, didn't you?  The cops are not just doing their job, they are lobbying for job security and continued funding.  Bringing this out to those who really haven't thought this through, or are incapable of critical analysis is not pointless in my book.

    The law issue has to be resolved by the legislature, since we are a Commonwealth and the people cannot petition for ballot initiatives...which is what these other states that have decriminalized did.  One would think that the lawmakers should try to the best of their abilities to make laws that are just, fair and consistent...which this law currently is not.  Our laws should not be hypocritical either.  Bringing this out to those who really haven't thought this through, or are incapable of critical analysis is not pointless in my book.

    And then there is the fourth arm of government, the press.  The role of the press in America is to act as watchdogs, allow free flow ideas, and help people make informed decisions.  Is the State Journal really doing that with these front page articles on the front page 3-4 times a week, with reports of hyped dangers of a marijuana grow rooms that are ridiculous and filled with police mentality bias.  Is your crime beat reporter really giving us the info necessary to make informed decisions when she just writes crap down that the officers tell her without question? Is that journalism?  

    Bringing this out to those who really haven't thought this through, or are incapable of critical analysis is not pointless in my book...it is part of that allowing the free flow ideas.

     

  • Don't get me wrong, I'm all for decriminalization. But giving the cops grief for DOING THEIR JOB is pointless.

  • @steve_fry:  lol.  steve, steve, steve.  you can't reason with the stoners.  they're oppressed, ostracized, victimized, segregated from society.  they're always going to say something is worse than weed.  they don't care about destroying other people's property because they live in a dump themselves.  or don't care.  and if they cause wrecks staring at the pretty lights, drunk drivers, texters, people swatting their kids in the back seat cause more accidents.  ya can't argue with a 7-year-old.

  • Hey homo, I'm guessing the mold was on the house, not on the plants. And, even if the mold WAS on the plants, what kept him from selling it with the mold in place? Scruples? Doubt it. Honor among thieves and all.

    And YOU keep dancing around the obvious. Tobacco is LEGAL. Dangerous, to be sure, but legal. Bourbon is also LEGAL. Deliciously dangerous, I agree, but legal. For the moment, pot is ILLEGAL, whether you agree with that or not. The po-po are DOING THEIR JOBS until we voters tell them otherwise.

  • csewell, it may be true that this guy did not have "the proper materials and equipement to pull this off without having a SERIOUS mold problem" (I don't know...I have never tried to set up an indoor grow room).  But any self-proclaimed crime beat journalist should consider that when making declarations like "that means the entire crop found at the home is worth more than $75,000", that MOLDY pot is worth NOTHING!  

    I can say that we have several large house plants throughout our home and there is no mold to speak of.  Mold occurs when overwatering creates excess moisture in the growing medium...something that would seem to be a lot less likely with hydroponics where watering is totally controlled. 

     

    The writer also assumes that this guy is going to try to sell this pot by the ounce, all 250 of them, instead of larger wholesale quantities, which would bring a lot less money.  It does not appear from what was found that this guy has sold any of it, as there certainly was no mention of anything but a grow room...nothing but growing plants. 

     

    34921: "In the writer's defense, I would suspect she asked someone at the site (one of the officers?)  why they were wearing masks and she was told  "because the chemical and mold fumes had become toxic". "

    Which makes my point that, "In the above article Ms. Belcher obviously doesn't know anything about what she is writing about. Her hyped dangers of a marijuana grow room are ridiculous" and filled with "police mentality bias".  She just writes down what the officers tell her without question...this is journalism?  I am not sure that being too ignorant about the subject that you are making declarative statements about is much of a "defense".

     

    tafugate: "stoners won't agree because that's what pot does, inebriates your ability to think through issues completely." 

    How do you know so much about what pot does to your ability to think through issues?  If your statement is true, then you must be stoned as you write because it is apparent that you have not thought through this issue completely.  You don't have to "support the sale/use of marijuana" or be a "stoner" to see that it is insane, hypocritical, and without any moral imperitive for our criminal justice system to spend large tax dollars on this investigation, raid, confiscation and subsequent prosecution and imprisonment of the man responsible for this grow room.  

    We live in a state that produces nearly all of the vast quantitities of bourbon that the world consumes and we have two rapidly expanding distilleries right here in our sleepy little town.  We grow a lot of the world's tobacco as well.  And we have the nerve to sic the feds on a guy growing pot in his home? That is insane!  

  • I cannot address the "chemical fumes" but I can attest that mold can be VERY toxic and most likely present in an amteur, indoor growing operation like this. I doubt this guy had the proper materials and equipement to pull this off without having a SERIOUS mold problem. And depending on the variety, the man could have built up an immunity to the mold or lived in a room away from it. Either way, masks would have certainly be necessary if there were massive amounts of mold inside the house. Ask anyone who has rehabbed an old house and they will agree. 

  • HOMO..., what's a matter?  Your supply getting harder and harder to find?

  • In the writer's defense, I would suspect she asked someone at the site (one of the officers?)  why they were wearing masks and she was told  "because the chemical and mold fumes had become toxic". 

  • i've always said what people do in the privacy of their own homes, doesn't endanger children, and doesn't affect me, is none of my business.  but having a stoner living next door would make it impossible to sell my house, to anyone my neighbors would approve.  and if the guy was selling out of his house (or was it rented?), that attracts an element to the neighborhood casing houses that isn't safe.  and if he was delivering, how many kids has he run over in the neighborhood in the course of testing his product?

    whether anyone supports the sale/use of marijuana is immaterial.  this guy is endangering the public, and for that deserves to be shut down and receive some punishment.  stoners won't agree because that's what pot does, inebriates your ability to think through issues completely.  but i agree it's overkill to involve the feds.

  • Kristina, there is a big difference between a "fume" (1. Vapor, gas, or smoke, especially if irritating, harmful, or strong.) and an odor (1 a : a quality of something that stimulates the olfactory organ : scent).  

     

    I have to wonder, don't these people who have grandiose plans to grow a couple hundred plants in their home ever watch the Discovery Channel on TV? This gross miscarriage of justice could have all been avoided if a "Hydroponic Grow Room Ventilation: 720 CFM Carbon Filter & 8" Fan" had been employed.  Amazon Price: $225.91.

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  • How do you ask a man to be the last man to go to prison for a mistake?

  • S_F:  While I don't see any of the "loaded hyperbole" and "police mentality bias" alluded to in this story, I too wondered why one would need respiratory masks to remove some plants from a house."

    Your statment is illogical, because if you don't see the way that the author hyped this story, then how can you "agree" with the ridiculousness of Ms. Belcher's assertion?  I know that you work with Kristina and all, but that does not account for your paradoxical contradiction.

     

    gayle_woods:  It IS the "conservative" viewpoint to be against the really, really BIG GOVERNMENT overreach in this crazy War on Some Drugs that is involved in this story.  Don't take my word for it, just ask the very conservative Senator Rand Paul and his father, the former Republican Presidential Candidate, the Hon. Ron Paul.  To arrest a man for doing something that is legal in several states, and supported by 58% of Americans, and then to double down on him be siccing the US Attorney's Office on him is radical, draconian even, not conservative.  Getting BIG GOVERNMENT off of the backs of the people is conservative.

     

  • Steve_Fry, Homosapien. While my conservative views are most often opposite of yours we totally agree on this.

  • While I don't see any of the "loaded hyperbole" and "police mentality bias" alluded to in this story, I too wondered why one would need respiratory masks to remove some plants from a house. I agree it would've made a great scary picture, them big strong deputies wrangling the dangerous weed out the front door wearing masks. Why not just open a couple windows and wait ten minutes?

  • To illustrate just how Mayberry RFD-ish that The State Journal and Frankfort, KY really are, while the paper was hiring a new crime beat reporter, Ms. Belcher, The Denver Post was hiring a pot editor for a special marijuana-news website.  The way that Ms. Belcher writes these articles, which are brimming with loaded hyperbole and police mentality bias, seems to indicate that she has traveled to us from the 1960's Nixon Drug War era in some kind of time machine.  The police PR rep could have very likely written them and the SJ jprinted them as received with her byline.  

    In the above article Ms. Belcher obviously doesn't know anything about what she is writing about. Her hyped dangers of a marijuana grow room are ridiculous as evidenced by statements like, "When removing the plants, officers had to wear respiratory masks because the chemical and mold fumes had become toxic."  Really?   What chemical "fumes" is she talking about?  There was a gentleman living in the house with these plants who appears to be alive and well in the photos (a health condition that is sure to deteriorate significantly in prison.

    Now she was not talking about the burning of the vegetable matter or smoke here, just the so-called "fumes" off of the growing plants. The literature tells us that marijuana or cannabis, as it is scientifically called, in its natural form is Non-Toxic. It has a remarkable low toxicity in animals and humans.  The photos indicate that the plants were in good condition and NOT molding. Where did this piece of fiction come from, Ms. Belcher?  Every statement in your article is loaded to make this incident seem much worse, dangerous and profitable than it really is. 

    Colorado voters legalized recreational use of marijuana by adults last November and it has allowed patients to use pot for medical reasons since 2000. Denver Post News Editor Kevin Dale wrote that when recreational sales begin in January, the paper will cover the topic with a dedicated editor.

    “We have written extensively about the research on marijuana, the regulation, the wrangling in the legislature, cooking with marijuana and growing it,” Dalewrote. “The new year will bring all angles together in a way that is challenging and exciting for us. We plan to do what we do with any major story: throw our best muscle, creative minds and ingenuity at the project.”

    The Post is actually late to the scene. In 2009, the Denver-based magazine Westword was the first non-cannabis publication in the country to hire a dedicated pot reporter, who writes under the pen name William Breathes.

    Westword editor Patricia Calhoun told media reporter Jim Romenesko last year that not only have they never tested their reporters for drug use but that it’s Breathes’ job to get stoned, just as it’s a restaurant critic’s job to eat out.

     


  • Meanwhile, back at the ranch...the house was being ransacked, the cattle
    were being rustled, and Granma was being raped by the cowboys....

    Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are
    REAL crimes.

  • So what is the big deal here?  Where is the moral imperitive that drives our criminal justice system to spend large tax dollars on this investigation, raid, confiscation and subsequent prosecution and imprisonment of the man responsible for this grow room?  Where is the threat to public safety that would warrant such a biased story, complete with several color photgraphs of someone growing pot in his home? Why is this guy a considered a bad guy worthy of bringing the feds in to prosecute him under the much more strict sentencing guidelines, and not those who peddle legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco that bring death and misery to hundreds of thousands of our citizens each year?

    This grow room would be perfectly legal in other more progressive states, like Colorado, Washington California and Oregon. In fact, governmental entities (like Oakland, CA) are setting up growing operations just like this (but on a much grander scale) to produce much needed revenue streams to fund their schools, etc.  If it is so bad to have a marijuana grow room in a private residence that we need this kind of official response, then why have 17 other states and the District of Columbia (and counting) right here in our own country decriminalized marijuana?

    There are those who might say that the police response is justified because marijuana is illegal HERE and alocohol and tobacco are legal, even though in states as close to us in proximity as Indiana, they have decriminalized marijuana. Well, alcohol is perfectly legal here in Franklin County but in 50 dry counties out of our 120 in Kentucky it is illegal.  The hypocrisy strikes at the very heart of our moral position.