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Yet, the only Marijuana Robberies you hear of are due to money issues, not addiction issues. when someone robs your grow, they are young, or want to make easy cash. Or you owe them cash. when their is violence involved, then you are dealing on somoeones turf, again a money issue, not an addicition issue.


and finially, its ONLY a money issue because Marijuana is ILLEGAL, which Drives the Black Market costs Up, thus the profitibilty of it up as well.





'An epidemic': Pharmacy robberies sweeping US

Desperate addicts, ruthless dealers turn to violence to feed growing hunger for painkillers.


NEW YORK — A wave of pharmacy robberies is sweeping the United States as desperate addicts and ruthless dealers turn to violence to feed the nation's growing hunger for narcotic painkillers.


From Redmond, Wash., to St. Augustine, Fla., criminals are holding pharmacists at gunpoint and escaping with thousands of powerfully addictive pills that can sell for as much as $80 apiece on the street.


In one of the most shocking crimes yet, a robber walked into a neighborhood drugstore Sunday on New York's Long Island and gunned down the pharmacist, a teenage store clerk and two customers before leaving with a backpack full of pills containing hydrocodone.


"It's an epidemic," said Michael Fox, a pharmacist on New York's Staten Island who has been stuck up twice in the last year. "These people are depraved. They'll kill you."


Armed robberies at pharmacies rose 81 percent between 2006 and 2010, from 380 to 686, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says. The number of pills stolen went from 706,000 to 1.3 million. Thieves are overwhelmingly taking oxycodone painkillers like OxyContin or Roxicodone, or hydrocodone-based painkillers like Vicodin and Norco. Both narcotics are highly addictive.


In New York state, the number of armed robberies rose from 2 in 2006 to 28 in 2010. In Florida, they increased nearly six-fold, from 11 to 65. California saw 61 robberies in 2010, Indiana had 45 and Tennessee had 38.


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Pharmacies are robbed for prescription painkillers because they are related to heroin, a safe and family friendly drug. Such incidents pose little threat to the community. But when someone is robbed due to the artificially inflated price of an overvalued weed, we must fear for our children. God knows the only way to respond is to aggravate the conditions that lead to these robberies: making the robber's loot yet more valuable by increasing the legal penalties for possession, cultivation, and sale.

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