More Than 700 Pounds of Weed Confiscated near Nashville, TN - Readers Sympathetic
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More Than 700 Pounds of Weed Confiscated near Nashville, TN - Readers Sympathetic

Nashville : TN : USA | Feb 02, 2012 at 7:49 AM PST
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Making headlines in the local news, a pretty hefty amount of marijuana never to be delivered because the police got to it first. Three people were arrested: one of them, the youngest, a local and already on probation, while the other two, presumeably from Arizona, since that is the traceable origin of the shipment which they transported in a travel trailer, were an older man and woman.

Perhaps more telling and significant than the actual bust are the comments made by readers in response to the story as reported in the Nashville City Paper, an enewsmag. One reader points out some semantic discrepancies made in the report. For example: the fact that marijuana is not "manufactured" since it is grown, and that it is not, since drugs are produced in laboratories, a "drug" but a plant. Another reader laments the confiscation and ultimate destruction of this large amount of pot, saying "what a shame that it will be wasted."

The reports of the bust made a point to mention that the alleged drug-carrying vehicle, while being driven on I-65, traveled "within 1,000 feet of several schools," important since there is a law in TN that prohibits the possession of "drugs" in close proximity to school zones. One reader bemoans the likelihood of this becoming part of the charges brought against the couple from Arizona, asking "why throw in the "Drug Free School Zone" BS?" when there are enough charges being brought against "these unlucky folks."

Finally, a reader known as Left-of-Local had this to say, "Boy it sure is a good thing they got all this dangerous stuff off the streets. It might have caused dozens of people to sit around with their friends, actually talk to each other, laugh, and get some munchies. We don't want those ills in our society." Indeed.

So, law enforcement, you may have succeeded in making headlines, taking some weed off the streets, and spending precious taxpayer dollars on this "year-long investigation." Don't be too dismayed, however, to find that it doesn't raise your esteem in the eyes of many, nor make our streets safer when drive-by shootings, domestic violence, robberies and drunk drivers seem to make up most of the day-to-day headlines in greater Nashville and surrounding areas. Better luck next time.

CindyWeaver is based in Woodbury, Tennessee, United States of America, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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