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Pot Bust TV

Marijuana eradication efforts in Humboldt, Mendocino and Siskiyou Counties in the fall of 2012 will be the subject of a reality TV series, according to the Press Democrat.

[Mendocino] County supervisors on Tuesday narrowly approved allowing reality television filmmakers to document the county sheriff’s anti-pot operations.

“I think there’s a lot to be leery of,” said board Chairman John McCowen. But, “on balance, I’m willing to support it.”

The board approved a contract between Sheriff Tom Allman and Studio Lambert USA on a 3-2 vote.

Studio Lambert is responsible for shows that include Wife Swap and Undercover Boss. They’re expected to begin filming in the fall, the height of outdoor marijuana eradication efforts, Allman said. Marijuana eradication operations in Humboldt and Siskiyou counties and in Oregon also will be featured in six, one-hour segments that likely will air early next year, he said.

The sheriff said his purpose for allowing the filmmakers access to his team and operations is to demonstrate that Mendocino County is tough on marijuana growers who break the law.


  1. June 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Humanity sinks to a new low!

  2. Rob
    June 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Go To hell you stupid pigs!

  3. firesidechet
    June 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    you have to wonder- what took them so long?

  4. burninbush
    June 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Given Sheriff Allman’s past history, he could also play a “starring” role in Studio Lambert’s “Wife Swap” series, though I doubt anyone would care to watch porko porn.

  5. derchoadus
    June 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    10 Large? WTF? Take 10% net…These guys need an Agent….

  6. walt
    June 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
    — H. L. Mencken

  7. June 19, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    You would think that such a production would require that the sheriffs and deputies involved in such a show would have to go for overkill to make a great show. I think they should also get Steven Segall or whatever that actors name is to back up the sheriffs. Oh my God, it’s a double rainbow with, wow it’s so beautiful, oh wow it’s….. ” get on your knees scum bag, we are here to put a stop to your evil crimes ! ” . Comic books would be cool too. What a bored country we have become.

  8. anonymous
    June 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Mendocino, Humboldt and Siskiyou counties. What about Del Norte? Is any grown there?

  9. Eric Kirk
    June 20, 2012 at 12:29 am

    You know you’ll all be watching it.

  10. Just Watchin
    June 20, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Jody is right. They’ll make it look like the wild west once they get a little gun play on tape. Joke all you want, but it will turn off tourists that might have come to the region.

  11. June 20, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I think a show following around those on bath salts would be far more interesting.

  12. TexaCali
    June 20, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I hope no one thinks this is a good idea.

  13. williamsj@hotmail.com
    June 20, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I think it’s fantastic, it bust all the huge growers.

  14. Gil Yule
    June 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

    “Reality” shows remain a mystery to me. I don’t understand the fascination people have of others showing off for a camera…and now it’s our local sheriffs departments?!? This seems to fly in the face of constructive law enforcement to me.

  15. June 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

    It’s PR for Law Enforcement. Those who want even more oppressive laws are waging a political campaign using television. Get
    members of the same class to support any assault on growers.
    I foresee an emphasis on cash and lifestyle. And since almost everyone in the mountains has guns, we’ll see a lot of guns.
    The whole entertainment industry is just another system of control and manipulation by the corporate elite. But of course you all know that.
    I still say in 1945-6 if we had film of German guards doing to prisoners what they do to them on prime-time America; we’d have hung them.

  16. Ross Rowley
    June 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Bud Boys….Bud Boys…whatcha gonna do?

  17. Phil Jennings
    June 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

    There is a mania in this country about people getting their 15 minutes of fame. The average person enjoys seeing people in situations the viewer can relate to. I can understand not wanting to be a part of such foolishness. If you can’t understand people wanting to be involved you should observe other folks in public and see how many want to be the center of attention despite the fact that they are making fools of themselves.

  18. June 20, 2012 at 10:37 am

    A column loaded with satire is coming soon… as As It Stands takes a look at this latest reality. Stay tuned…

  19. Brian
    June 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

    “When the weed pops up, the gardener takes the rap”
    Kind of like;
    “When the Cops spot a robbery, they ignore it”

  20. Anonymous
    June 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    “It’s PR for Law Enforcement.”

    Have access to television? (maybe a weird question, because I don’t). Begin channel surfing, no more than 5 seconds per channel. Count how many (few) minutes you can channel surf before either police or military are on screen. If you have cable with 300 channels, it will be even more exemplary of what’s happening. Rule out the Military Channel (military channel, for fuck’s sake)…it won’t make any difference. 1984 is more than a metaphore.

  21. Anonymous
    June 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    …I said minutes, I should have said seconds. Count how many seconds you can channel surf cable TV before either military or police are subject.

  22. Vin Jants
    June 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I can hardly wait for the Wall Street Bust reality tv show with law enforcement fighting past the gated community Blackwater guards and SWAT teams breaking down mansion doors and taking squealing children away to foster homes t0 save them from going down the same greed-first path as their parents. Repoman can horn into the screen action by hauling away all the asset forfeiture goodies seized from these million-billion dollar law-breakers as the perps watch in handcuffs before getting hauled away to a country club prison. Here their continued sufferings are chronicled as manicurists miss appointments, food is sometimes late, and the mandatory daily “wrist-slap” punishment is administered.
    We follow the criminal as he is released a few months later, writes a best selling book about his experiences, goes on the lecture tour, is hired back by Goldman-Sachs, and in the last installment, is seen watching POT TV from his recliner in the TV room of his new mansion

  23. Anonymous
    June 20, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    So much hate !

    People should just mellow down.

  24. Giggles
    June 21, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Hopefully this will be the year that the police find, encircle and arrest the dozens of people growing illegally on public lands – and get filmed famous in the process. After that, no one will say that cartels growing in the forest are “imaginary” or “unimportant.”

  25. RefFan
    June 21, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Giggles, who says that the cartels are “imaginary” or “unimportant”?
    We all know they are here and have been here for some time.
    Since ppl are worried about our soldiers not finding jobs when they get back, how about keeping them on and have them do a sweep of our public lands, forests, etc to get rid of the slimey ppl who are growing dope and polluting the environment. Wouldn’t take long with several thousand troops plus to arrest and/or kill them and tear out gardens. Then they can help with the restoration.

  26. Anonymous
    June 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Who’s not mellow, 9:39, there is no hate in discussing the police state.

  27. Anonymous
    June 21, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    i wish death on them all. d.e.a and camp can smoke dick.

  28. June 22, 2012 at 7:39 am

    We already have the US military murdering American citizens without trial; that’s not enough for you?

  29. RefFan
    June 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

    You’d rather have the drug cartels destroying the land we live on, Moviedad?? If our military, DEA, ATF, etc went in & raided the lands in which cartels or other groups are growing illegal marijuana, their will prob be a death or two from shoot outs, hopefully not any of the good guys. Get a grip, plz!

  30. July 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Wow, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors must be from another planet. From what i heard from a friend who lives in another state, the last documentary told of how Marajuana was keeping the economy alive here. The businesses apparently don’t smell the money. It is green and they take it. Well, if you want a population increase of new growers and young hippies on the Arcata Plaza looking for clipping jobs, this is definately the way to go about it. After all, going after the heavy drugs would require the police to actually put the coffee and donuts down. The insanity continues.

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