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Annual police cannabis raids on again

The dope squad base at Uki earlier this week. (supplied)

Growers beware. The dope squad is back in the air. As part of its annual cannabis eradication program, NSW police have once again sent their ‘cannabis cowboys’ into battle against the easiest of targets – the region’s outdoor cannabis growers. Reports indicate that the dope squad has set up base at both Mullumbimby and Uki this week, and more raids are expected to follow. The raids, which have long been controversial in a region that prides itself as being on the forefront of medical cannabis activism, have a huge impact on people trying to grow their own ‘medicine’. Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone, who is this morning in Sydney with cannabis campaigner Lucy Haslam, said the raids terrorised local communities. ‘For year’s they’ve terrorised hippy communities with these tactics. It’s scary and like a war zone when the helicopter is buzzing over your house, scaring your children and animals,’ he said. ‘At the same time the government is spruiking a massive medical cannabis growing operation at Casino which will be owned by a Canadian company.’ Mr Balderstone said governments were sending mixed messages regarding cannabis. ‘Everytime (Federal Minister for Health