Before getting into this let me explain the meaning of the word pakalolo. It is the Hawaiian word for marijuana.
Paka means weed and lolo means crazy – “crazy weed”. I guess that sums it up nicely.
When I got to Maui in 1975 it was the best thing I ever did because it gave me the opportunity for a fresh start. Not that I was a criminal or a drug addict or anything like that, but I just needed something fresh where I could be me without anyone having expectations.
One of Maui’s distinctions was that it was one of the main producers of pakalolo where “Maui Wowwee” was a huge commodity and in general, the second largest industry behind tourism. Within a week or two of my arrival one of my new friends was a guy named “Pakalolo John”, one of the biggest distributors on Maui. He would always try to get me to smoke a joint but those were days gone by long ago.
I was curious. Not of a smoking curiosity but of a business curiosity. I learned that one of the crime bosses in Hawaii had a very lucrative business in exporting pakalolo to the mainland in containers shipped from the big island (the island of Hawaii) and I wondered how that could be done. The guy was a former policeman and had insane contacts.
Yet, the little guys were always hassled and did what they did in the tourist towns like Lahaina and Waikiki. When I asked John why he did what he did, he simply said. “It makes people happy and it’s my job. And it sure beats a nine-to-fiver”.
Despite John’s undying efforts, law enforcement was always eager to publicize its vigorous counter-offensive against this lucrative illicit trade.
Police vice squads and Hawaii National Guard units launched regular raids that resulted in press releases recounting multi-day helicopter and field operations that uprooted vast numbers of plants that turned out to be ballpark estimates rather than the 1.2 million plants that were alleged.
In 1985, the State department of Land and Natural Resources joined the party by going after the pakalolo grown on public lands, especially on the big island and up-country Maui.
Within a year, the DLNR had developed a new weapon – a spray rig that could be operated from a helicopter to apply a dose of herbicide to specific plants. This method proved to be more effective than manual eradication methods resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of plants wiped out. Within two years Hawaii was engaged in a year-round wipeout program called, Operation Sweep.
But all that manpower, money (over $1million a year), and herbicide wasn’t enough. Because of an insatiable demand the industry still flourished and the Islands’ pakalolo crop was estimated at about $1 billion to $10 billion. It was way more than the combination of sugar, pineapple, and tourism. So, they clamored for federal aid.
So, Dick Cheney, who was the former Defense Secretary, supported using the military in domestic raids to deflect criticism from Bolivia and Peru that the U.S. was targeting drug crops overseas while ignoring pakalolo cultivation at home.
In 1990, the military and the DEA joined Hawaii’s efforts and Operation Wipeout was created just in time, hopefully, to destroy the summer harvest. It’s amazing how creative government can be when others are making more money than they are.
The entire state of Hawaii was photographed in grids, with pakalolo cultivation areas identified for aerial spraying or manual eradication. It was then biggest joint-agency action in the state’s history, and one of the largest in the nation.
And guess what the most used and devastating pesticide was? GLYPHOSATE! The one that is used on GMOs and raved about how safe and effective it is to ingest.
What happened was that the growers were forced off public lands and into more expensive indoor facilities, driving up the price of pakalolo from $2,500 a pound to $6,000 a pound. It also resulted in 25 arrests, the seizure of $1,200,000 in assets, and the destruction of almost 400,000 high quality, high THC content pakalolo plants aka sinsemilla.
In 1981, 54 pounds of pakalolo were confiscated at the Honolulu International Airport coming from Phoenix, Arizona.
Now, years later, Hawaii is still conducting periodic raids funded by grants from the feds and what they are finding is that most of it is imported from Northern California and British Columbia, because pakalolo prohibition has been eased there.
In Hawaii, attempts to ease pakalolo laws have met with favor in our Senate, but only to meet opposition in our House. I would think that our Governor at the time would intervene due to being a pothead back in the 70s when he used to drive a Checkers vehicle and was a hippie. I guess going to Washington as a Representative and then becoming our Governor gave him a change of heart.
But recently, a bill was introduced in our House, which would have taxed and regulated pakalolo like alcohol, using the same model that the Colorado voters adopted in the past. But it didn’t pass. I guess our politicians figured it was better to be drunk and have liver cancer than to be stoned and just sit around listening to the Rolling Stones.
Actually, Hawaii was one of the earliest states to legalize medical marijuana by legislation. I guess all the politicians saw a way out against lessening their liver cancer pain. But, they are frightened by improving upon what was passed.
The politicians understand that patients have no way to legally obtain medical pakalolo if they cannot grow their own. Yet, when they do grow their own, they are harassed like crazy. They have even been threatened by the police to limit their access to medicine.
But a bill is being contemplated that would allow caregivers to grow plants for up to three patients rather than the current ratio of one to one. The bill would also increase the amount of dried pakalolo that a patient can possess from one ounce to three but increasing the number of plants they can have to 10 from 7 is a no-no.
I guess it’s better to drive drunk and kill people in a car than to stay home and watch TV or listen to music in a relaxed state of mind.
Finally, one of Representatives has been pushing for the legalization of hemp cultivation for years. The hang-up lies with the feds because they are unable to see the distinction between high-grade paka and non-intoxicating industrial hemp.
Despite voicing the ability of hemp to produce paper, cloth, oil, food and fuel and the potential to revitalize economically troubled states, the feds won’t budge.
Interestingly enough, a state House bill was passed to test hemp’s ability to cleanse the soil of the multitude of toxins left by decades of plantation agriculture that polluted our underground water systems and also authorizes it to be used as an environmentally friendly feedstock for biofuel production. It now goes on to our Senate that adamantly refuses to even consider GMO labeling bills.
What’s bizarre is that despite a program in 1999, which made Hawaii the first state to legally grow hemp under a special research license from the DEA, it proved that hemp would thrive in Hawaii and led the way for Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia to authorize cultivation of industrial hemp, but yet, Hawaii is still held back by the feds. Meanwhile, Canada, China, and other European nations grow and export hemp and fiber, paper pulp and the seed oil produced from it.
I guess the Hawaii pakalolo madness way back when, left its financial toll on the federal government.
But two houses away from me are a bunch of young guys that have grow-lights in their basement and they are the mellowest guys ever.
One would think that Obama being from Hawaii and dealing paka when he was a student at Punahou School would cut Hawaii some slack. Oh well!
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