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Has Green Harvest Returned to the Big Island?

Choppers over Pohoiki [1]On Tuesday The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported [2] the end of a three-week marijuana eradication program on Kauai, involving the Kauai, Honolulu, and Maui Police Departments, in addition to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the state Narcotics Enforcement Division and the U.S. Coast Guard.

As for Hawaii County, the 2008 voter approved Lowest Law Enforcement Priority of Cannabis Ordinance [3] specifically forbids the Hawaii County Council,  Police Commissioner, Chief of Police, prosecuting attorneys, and assorted law enforcement personnel from spending or authorizing the expenditure of any public funds for the investigation, arrest, or prosecution of any person, inconsistent with the Ordinance.

Even so, according to an email from Sandy Webb of the MUM Clinic, Green Harvest helicopters have been engaged in recent fly overs and drop downs right here on the Big Island:

A story reported to me by a patient in Honoka`a happened this week Tuesday. A red and yellow helicopter hovered over and officers with uniforms that said POLICE on the back repelled onto their property. The officers said the patient had too many mature plants, while the patient said the plants had some red hairs but no formed buds. All plants were taken without a receipt for confiscated property. The pilot reportedly said, “they are trying to get as much as they can to secure funding for next season”. None of the officers identified themselves, but one was called “Frenchie” by the officer who seemed to be in charge.

It is very important for everyone to know that this could happen to you if you are growing. What they are doing is ILLEGAL! Be ready to take pictures and names and ask for a receipt for your property/medicine that is being taken. Call 911 and report a burglary in progress and leave the phone on to record what is being said to you by these “officers”. Get a witness to your home to verify everything. It has been reported that they have left other places when people stand up for themselves.

This whole thing is scary but you do have rights! Don’t get pushed around, be ready! It is happening everyday, multiple times a day, all over the Big Island. Anyone from Maui have this happen yet? Or seen the helicopters low flying over there? Let me know…

Mahalo, Sandy

Thickening the plot, the Hawaii Police Department has apparently removed [4] their policy pages on Marijuana Eradication and Medical Marijuana. Links to previously posted files files are no longer working:

Hawaii News Daily [7] will continue to track this story and provide updates to this page as we learn more.

Meanwhile, here is a useful guide [8] for identifying helicopters.

Download: ACLU on Helicopter Fly Overs in Hawaii [9]

UPDATE 7/29/11 — The following photos were submitted by a reader in Poihiki, who reported snapping these photos on Friday July 22, 2011. Click “show as slideshow” then scroll down.