The married couple, both the earliest Medical Marijuana Patients in Hawaii, were victims of an armed home invasion. If you did ask a cop, he would probably agree that an armed home invasion is one of the deadliest and most unpredictable crimes that a dispersed police force, like here, would need to deal with. About the only decisive tool Hawaii Country Police would have for dealing with one would be to call out the SWAT Team. Then, ho boy, stand back!
The Rippers, working a tip there was Weed at Peter and Sallyâ€™s isolated Kapoho home, crashed thru the screen door when Peter came to see why the dogs were barking. Three heavy set men, one with an AR-15 (commonly called an M-16) semi automatic rifle came pushing through the door, knocking Peter down. The deadly serious men in balaclavas had come looking for the coupleâ€™s â€˜Medijuanaâ€™.
One of the men went to Sally and forced her down onto her hallway floor, holding the rifle to her stomach. Another, the elder and apparent leader turned to Peter, still on the floor too.
â€œWhereâ€™s the Marijuana, your dry box and the cash!â€
The next morning Peter came and told me the story while l lined-up the Honolulu Advertiser and the Hawaii Tribune Herald reporters who wanted an interview. Peter told me then that he realized how Hawaii Medical Marijuana law had changed everything for those who needed it.
â€œI chuckled and told the guy that we were Medical Marijuana Patients. And you know what he did? I saw those big white eyes-balls roll up. You know? He was looking up in his ski mask.â€
â€œHe didnâ€™t know we were Medical Marijuana. He knew right then and there that he was screwed.â€
Was he sure about the rifle being an â€œM-16â€?
Peter was a retired US Army officer and Vietnam veteran and Sally was an officer too.
â€œI gave them all our Weed and the money in my wallet. I only had a couple of twenties and four little plants. Thatâ€™s all they got and they left without saying anything. No threats. No warnings. They didnâ€™t even ransack the house looking for anything. They just went out the broken screen door and disappeared up the driveway. Must have had a car waiting. We called 911.â€
Calling 911 by itself is a civilizing act. As far as I know, Peter was the first person in Hawaii Country history to report to the authorities a Cannabis heist. Like: â€œOfficer, my plants were over here, and my dry box is over here, and my bong is over there. These are my used crutches and roaches and I only had $40 on me. And these bad guys pulled an M-16 on my wife and stole our Medical Marijuana and I want to file a complaint.â€
The next day everybody heard about Peter and Sally on the radio because it was the first time. First time for a Medijuana armed home invasion. First time someone filed an official complaint to Hawaii County Police for theft of the Miraculous Kush. First time somebody told Hawaii news people, â€œYes, that was my Pakaloha!â€ First time a Hawaii home insurance company, shortly later, paid out $4,000 or, a thousand bucks per ripped-off Medijuana plant.(Talk about a potential racket!!)
And, for the first time in Puna, in my estimation, our most dreaded and often brazen and armed Rippers now feared for their own brigand deeds. The reason I know this is because just a couple of days after the Rip-off with all the news talking about it, children of a â€˜ghostâ€™ from my community-organizing past in Honolulu appeared at my door near dark, asking for me. Unknown and rugged looking, were three young men in the back of a Toyota. First they were stern and abrupt, even challenging. But when I answered them, they then joyfully proclaimed me, â€œUncle Dwight!â€
Unfairly, I will almost stop here. But I will tell you that I had heard of an M-16 mentioned by another grower, ripped, in theft-prone Puna. My recent Ohana had already told me names and deeds that dove tailed. And other people, two deceased, fit neatly into accounts that have been related to me. They are just the legends of â€˜The Secret Gardens of Punaâ€™. Marijuana here is a culture and way of life. To deny it one would have to lie like a politician. None the less, I could cross reference my new Ohana and the returned â€˜ghostâ€™ and I knew it was they at Peterâ€™s that night.
I watched my new nephews and their father in the presence of Peter. Peter said it was the same â€œbody types and postureâ€ that came crashing through his door, knocking him and Sally down. I knew the background stories and it weaves tightly into a net if I wanted to make a case. But I donâ€™t make cases and I wouldnâ€™t want to help make a case and itâ€™s really of no use now. Even then for Peter. Though I will also say it again seems to me; That Karma always takes its course.
During the last century in Hawaiâ€™i, if one had possession of this powerful plant material, you had no rights. No rights at all. Someone could come in and steal from you, right in front of you and even if it werenâ€™t your stash that they took, youâ€™d be wise not to report it. Then, if someone robs you, you canâ€™t defend yourself. And, it has happened that if you have a certain dried flower, Rippers can come into your house and criminally abuse your family. If you have Herb, no policeman will be your friend. Sick, creative, musical, romantic or religious, Cannabis possession made you guilty even if someone else was doing the criminal activity.
And the Rippers knew it because these are the rules in the Cannabis Prohibition.
There is a simple theorem that I have devised that helps explain our situation: â€œThe higher the price of Weed, the Greater the suffering.â€
The Good News? Nowadays, the more than 3,000 Medical Marijuana patients here, no doubt growing their Holy crops bravely and proudly, have contributed to a glut of Punessence every Fall for the last ten years. If price be a yardstick, Iâ€™d estimate that island production of Antigovernmental Ganja, which Puna, with stealth, dominates here in the middle of the Pacific, fell from $400 an ounce all the way down to a hundred bucks last September. Duffels of â€˜indoorâ€™ smuggled in from the Painland kept the market saturated too.
Since 2000, Patients had improving quantities and quality of Medijuana. For a decade now, every Thanksgiving here, there is an abundance of Punessence.
At this point, it is almost useless to argue if our WHOLE island community became a safer place with the abundance of Pakaloha. Even the Rippers I knew became Patients and became sorry for their cruel past. Before, if you stole Weed it was because you were mean, lazy, greedy, addicted and ignorant. Now, with Medical Marijuana, any brazen Ripper is just stupid. And Stupid is voluntary.
Thus so, one of law enforcementâ€™s biggest fears, has of late had cause to recede. In fact, I will lay my life on the line and attest that since the advent of Hawaiiâ€™s Medical Marijuana law in 2000, things have gotten a lot safer out here. Nice looking, killer-sticky Punessence â€“our homegrown Marijuana -is no longer a big deal. We all pretty much got over it.
Decreasing our supply and quality will only increase the risk, and then the price will follow inciting the re-entry of violent criminal activity.
Now, ask anyone: Will a serious drop in the supply or availability of Medijuana cause an increase in violent crimes on the Big Island?
The inability to answer this question in the â€œaffirmativeâ€ makes you, in my estimation, either a gangster or a government official.
Think and act on this one.
Its the fact that their cracking down on a Medical Marijuana system that has worked well for over 10 years in Hawaii.
It's all about the money. $45 billion+ a year just for the WOD. Add all the money made from seized money and property, corporate and government run prisons, court costs, defense lawyer fees, probation officers, rehab facility fees, halfway houses and so on and you are talking well over $100 billion. That doesn't even include the money they are making from selling the damn drugs in the first place.
As much as I hate to say it, cannabis will never be legalized in the US.
I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children… - Wendell Berry, 1971
Good thing I only use it for getting stoned.
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