Regina Police request help in busting marijuana grow operations.
Regina Police are looking to the community for help in busting illegal marijuana grow operations. Their approach could be however, endangering legal marijuana growers by making it harder to be discreet about their grow operations. Illegal growers are left without any information on legal avenues of growing and citizens are made to be more suspicious of their neighbors.
Educating citizens on marijuana grow operations is important but every aspect should be studied and explained. This article for example, includes a list of signs that could hint that a house has a grow operation going on in it, but does not list medical conditions or symptoms that can get one a license to legally grow. Readers get the impression that they are more educated on the subject, but they have only been given the illegal, dangerous side of marijuana grow operations that leaves them feeling more suspicious of people in their community.
The focus of the article is busting criminals as oppose to preventing criminal activity. Legal licensing is completely left out of discussion leaving many citizens uninformed to the possibility of a legal grow operation and the benefits one could have from growing their own medicine or the medicine of a fellow citizen.
The information seems to leave citizens feeling suspicious of their neighbors and illegal growers no more aware of legal avenues to grow than they were before reading it.
Perhaps it is a good thing to raise awareness about medical marijuana grow operations, but it seems equally as important to include both the legal side and criminal side of the subject.
In the article, Police Chief Troy Hagen announces “We’re not suggesting there’s a crisis in our community at all,”.
If there is not a crisis at all (43 busts since 2007), then perhaps the energy of our citizens could go towards correcting the big problems in our community such as gang problems and poverty. Although the intent of this article is perhaps to help Regina rid itself of dangerous marijuana grow operations, it really doesn’t prevent the criminal aspects of it, nor properly educate citizens on the subject. It could instead, be increasing suspicion in people’s everyday life, and endangering legal growers from black market thefts.
A different approach to this matter could dramatically effect how successful communities are in making positive change.
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