The murder of a former mayor in the heart of the area of ??cultivation of marijuana in California is the state will intensify the debate drug
Mendocino County, the heart of the "Emerald Triangle" of growing marijuana in northern California, had a brutal drug-related shooting last week. Assis advisor and twice Mayor Jere Melo old investigation into reports of a suspected illegal marijuana operation when he was shot dead outside Fort Bragg, a small town with a population of about 7000. The shooter could not have done more to polarize the debate increasingly bitter about the grow operation, Melo was a highly respected and revered resident and death follows that of another murder suspect that some local residents were also drug-related
outside California, marijuana is often understood through the lens of the television hit series Weeds, which spends time in a fictionalized version of the Emerald Triangle. For residents of the region, the real story is very different, the producers are not ex-housewife struggling to make a living, but people from armed gangs and dangerous for small-time operators focused on the culture of medical marijuana legal in California since 1996, under Proposition 215.
The area was recently hit the headlines with a significant drop in American release, the Court full operation, which produced nearly half a million plants, many of which have been grown on land public. Frontline documentary broadcast Republic is the boat for almost a month, underscoring the paradoxical culture of marijuana in Mendocino County, where sheriff's deputies shoot legal inspection, one day, and the combination with the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team confiscation of the following plants. The county has become a testing ground for the legalization campaigns, and the zero point of the debate on drug policy in California, and the discussion began to turn south for several years with a set of increasingly against producers of marijuana.
In 2000, the County of Mendocino in the headlines with the passage of Measure G, a local initiative for marijuana a "performance of low priority." At that time, was widely discussed as a extreme measure and debate on the liberal drugs. Opponents said it sounded like the county was to abandon attempts to address the problem of cultivation of marijuana, while supporters argued that the release at the time of the law to more pressing matters.
2008, residents of Mendocino County were already lamenting repealing Measure G and, citing growing concerns about health and safety. It was followed by an ordinance of the City of Fort Bragg and specifically target grow houses, homes converted for use in the cultivation of marijuana. The death of several policemen and civilians in 2010 highlighted the problems in Northern California, where many residents of the Emerald Triangle to know to stay out of the jungle, if the value of their lives.