by David Downs
Each year the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting spends millions of dollars flying around Northern California and weeding illegal marijuana gardens. This week, they plan their 2010 CAMP in sunny, lovely San Diego at the U.S. Grant Hotel, except they'll be joined by protesters from the Marijuana Policy Project. The policy project says the 27 year-old eradication program has inarguably failed to achieve it stated goal: reducing marijuana use and availability by eradicating illegal grow sites. “It’s time to stop this insanity of repeating the futile exercise of CAMP and instead replace marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation,” stated Aaron Smith, California policy director for the policy project, leading Monday’s press conference.
The Marijuana Policy Project says today's planned press conference was kicked out of the U.S. Grant. Instead speakers Leo Laurence, a retired deputy sheriff and former legal researcher for the San Diego County District Attorney’s office, now a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and the Reverend Canon Mary Moreno-Richardson, an Episcopal priest and coordinator for Hispanic Ministries at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego, will take their message across town. The policy project believes the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is regulation similar to alcohol.