Pot Backlash Grows in Mendocino

Culture is changing in a way that locals don't like
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 27, 2009 4:09 AM CDT
The resinous bud of a marijuana plant.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – Hey, man, things aren't so cool anymore with marijuana farming in Mendocino County. Sure, it was great for years while "steel-haired" California hippies tended their crops, but things are getting out of hand, reports the Washington Post. Little kids started coming to school reeking of pot, while outsiders, some armed, poured into the area hoping to cash in on the drug business, and home invasions soared.

"We've all seen it go from back-to-the-landers, where people wanted to get away from it all, to people who came here to get it all," one local grumbled. So residents voted to scale back the number of pot plants individuals are allowed to have to just six, and police have been busy. It's so very stressful, said local District Attorney Meredith Lintott, that it's enough to make her want to "go home and smoke some pot."