American Notes: Aug 19,1985

DRUGS Crackdown on Grass Farmers

Attorney General Edwin Meese clearly relished the numbers he ticked off for the press: 342,635 marijuana plants uprooted and destroyed, nine pot farms confiscated, 175 arrests, 73 weapons seized. Those were the results of the first three days of "Operation Delta-9," this year's expanded version of the Justice Department's nationwide marijuana-eradication drive. By the harvest season in late fall, lawmen hope to surpass last year's record total of 13 million plants eliminated.

Meese was criticized for making Delta-9 a media extravaganza. Word of the operation was leaked to the press well before the raids began, and...

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