Do you like to smoke marijuana? I DON'T! Now don't get me wrong... I'm totally fine with YOU smoking marijuana—as long as you don't speak to me directly, operate circular saws, or try to give me directions—but marijuana affects me in various unfortunate ways. For example, after smoking dope I may temporarily lose my hearing. Or my right leg might go completely numb. Or my left eye could suddenly seal shut. On the other hand, I may feel fantastically happy for a few hours—but if you were me, would you take the risk? That's why I'm happy to stick with guzzling numerous jugs of moonshine liquor, thankyouverymuch.
But do you know who also doesn't like pot? POT COPS! Apparently they absolutely hate marijuana pot ganja cigarettes, and they prove it by murdering all the weed they can on the new Discovery Channel show, Pot Cops (debuting Wed April 3, 10 pm).
According to the Pot Cops press release, deep in the forests of Humboldt County, California are some of the largest illegal wacky weed operations in the nation—and it's the Pot Cops' job to bust the perpetrators and kick marijuana's ass! HOWEVER! The press release goes on to say that besides being infested with "average joe" growers, "the countryside is overrun with armed Mexican drug cartels that use violence to protect their valuable crops."
Now this "Mexican cartel" angle would make for a wicked exciting series—if it wasn't a pile of BULL... PLOP! Tommy Lanier (director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Marijuana Initiative) was recently interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, and voiced serious doubts about so-called drug cartels in the area.
"Based on our intelligence," Lanier said, "we haven't been able to connect anyone to a major cartel." The article goes on to say that Lanier admits that "the narrative of fighting drug cartels helps them secure federal funding."
Of course, from Discovery Channel's perspective, this lie makes for more exciting television—after all, the perceived threat of "gunfire, booby traps, and cartel activity" (as stated in their press release), is far more thrilling than the reality of what these "Pot Cops" actually do: busting random hippies growing weed to support their families.
Sure, these types of reality shows lie all the time. But unfortunately there's a disturbing racist subtext to this particular "Mexican cartel" fabrication.
The legend of these so-called Humboldt County Mexican cartels apparently sprang from a single, tiny incident: According to the SF Weekly, the story originated when workers escaping a drug bust in a marijuana field left behind a key piece of evidence: a tortilla wrapper. The DEA didn't need Sherlock Holmes to crack this case! Obviously, tortilla wrappers = brown people = MEXICAN CARTEL = case closed! And so the legend grew, and today it's a whopper of a lie the Discovery Channel (whose stated mission is supposedly education) seems all too happy to perpetuate.
So go ahead and watch Pot Cops—especially if you're high. Maybe marijuana will help make the premise a bit more believable.
Puff, puff, tweet. @WmSteveHumphrey
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