Hawaii: County Council Rejects Federal Funding For Pot Eradication Efforts
Quote:Hilo, HI: Hawaii County Council members unanimously voted last week to reject more than one-half million dollars in federal grant money earmarked to pay for helicopter-based marijuana eradication efforts.
Council members elected to remove the funding from the countys 2007-2008 budget, noting that the 30-year-old "Green Harvest" program which utilizes low-flying helicopters to search for outdoor marijuana gardens had elicited numerous complaints from Big Island citizens. Prior to the vote, nearly 70 members of the public told the Council that the aerial-based program upsets their livestock, disrupts local wildlife, and is highly disruptive to residents quality of life.
The Council had previously rejected funding for the program in 2000, but elected to resume funding in 2001.
Despite last weeks vote, police administrators are still expected to ask the Council for permission to accept the federal funding later this year.
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.
This is the trend that more states need to follow. Tell the Feds to cease and desist with their unwanted laws and enforcements. The states themselves can decide what they want to do about drugs. Then the States in turn make Federal policy...not the other way around.
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