Police in Helicopters

By |Published On: March 1st, 2015|

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Outrage at the recent spraying of Cannabis crops by police helicopters. Cannabis enthusiasts, religious groups, environmentalists & conservation groups, journalists and, of course, the residents of the area affected, have united in their disdain.

 

 


For the month of February, hardly a day went by without reports and outrage in the media. We wonder if the law enforcement authorities who oversee these operations are even aware of the truth about Cannabis, the bigger picture that tells anyone bothered to read up about it.  The harms of prohibition far outweigh any perceived harms of the plant.

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This must be the last year that spraying takes place anywhere in Southern Africa so when news of the return of the helicopters reached the Cannabis Community there was widespread call to action.

This is how the stories unfolded:

31 Jan: Original story that broke on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/daggacouple/posts/1020664804613783

02 Feb: First Dagga Couple blog post on the subject:
https://www.facebook.com/daggacouple/posts/1022323764447887

05 Feb: Backed up by BTL
http://www.belowthelion.co.za/herbicides-fly-over-transkei-dagga-crops-and-communities/ 0502

07 Feb: The Daily Dispatch picks up on the story:
https://www.facebook.com/daggacouple/photos/a.273175869362684.84336.272191759461095/1025709190776011/?type=1&theater

13 Feb: Nicky’s Thoughts, a local Port St Johns resident speaks up. Like a true conservationist, this blog post is well researched and referenced
http://nickey.netbubble.co.za/fifty-shades-of-green/

17 Feb: The Daily Dispatch does a follow up
https://www.facebook.com/daggacouple/photos/a.273175869362684.84336.272191759461095/1032199346793662/?type=1&theater

PIC 3 I LOVE DAGGA WATER TANKThe Dagga Couple made no attempt to operate “under cover” while in Port St Johns. We were fortunate to have a local crew to translate and show us where to go. Understandably, not many locals were prepared to appear on camera. When the TV crews arrived after we had left PSJ, they were obviously given full access to the “other side” of the story.

 

19 Feb: An article from the police point of view which mentions that “unknown people” stuck “I Love Dagga” stickers on the helicopters!

http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/cops-nip-dagga-problem-in-the-bud-1.1821011#.VOswQPmUc5P

20 Feb: ENCA send a crew there for a helicopter jorl
http://www.enca.com/south-africa/police-getting-higher-effort-smoke-out-dagga-producers

20 Feb: Not to be outdone, so do the SABC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm08mVIpBKg

20 Feb: South African bloggers are inspired to write
https://nkoloveswriting.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/cannabis-aka-dagga-is-it-really-that-bad/

21 Feb: ENCA crew speak to some local residents
http://www.enca.com/south-africa/cops-efforts-snuff-out-dagga-crops-leave-local-residents-high-and-dry?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

PIC 4 BURNT PLANT21 Feb: One of the better thought provoking articles we have read so far
https://www.thedodo.com/community/Pat_Dickens/polices-cannabis-obsession-to–1002307576.html

22 Feb: This article garnered a long list of comments
http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/High-time-SAPS-got-over-dagga-obsession-20150222

23 Feb: BTL keeping SA Cannabis Culture up to date again
http://www.belowthelion.co.za/police-helicopters-destroy-dagga-plantations-and-communities/

26 Feb:  Radio – getting the message into the airwaves
https://soundcloud.com/daggacouple/safm-nancy-richards-enviroshow-feb15

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27 Feb: Fun interview with Voice of Wits has its sad moments when the spraying comes up
https://soundcloud.com/daggacouple/vowfm-the-killer-joint-with-gubzin-live-feb15 2702

27 Feb: Infuriating t-shirt appears in the Port St Johns Spar 

https://www.facebook.com/daggacouple/photos/a.273175869362684.84336.272191759461095/1038530029493927/?type=1

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28 Feb: The Daily Dispatch interviewing an independent ecologist
http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/cops-spraying-dagga-on-wild-coast-a-deadly-risk/
28 Feb: Andrew Donaldson, a SA media stalwart, says it like it is in the Weekend Argus
https://www.facebook.com/daggacouple/photos/a.273175869362684.84336.272191759461095/1039823612697902/?type=1
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The media attention over the last month shows us that South African citizens are indignant about the actions of “our” law enforcement. Here at Fields of Green for ALL we are, together with our affiliates, looking into all possible avenues to put an end to the spraying and you will hear from us shortly. If you can assist us with contacting specialists or people who can advise on the way forward, please let us know. Thanks to all who helped to make this story heard.

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