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All I Want for Christmas Is This California Woman’s Weed Fortress of White Privilege

May God grant me the serenity to accept the news cycle I cannot change, the courage to call out the evil asshats I can, and the wisdom to know when to use a semicolon and when to just end the sentence (copyeditors: I’m still working it).

And Lord, if you’re feeling in a generous mood, could you please throw me a little bit of Stephanie’s Smith unimpeachable, THC infused white privilege? I hear it’s some high grade stuff.

Smith is a 43-year-old mother from San Berandino, Calif., who was nabbed last week in what could be “the largest indoor marijuana operation ever discovered,” according to the Miami Herald. Smith’s business was so big it’s been referred to by some media outlets as a “weed fortress,” and reportedly netted Smith millions of dollars a month.

The Miami Herald painted a picture of just how large and sophisticated the operation was:

The unlicensed operation … included employees, guards, an advanced drip-irrigation system, multiple buildings filled with more than 24,000 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, and a $67,000 electric bill, according to San Bernardino police.

The outsized electric bill — linked to an old, ostensibly empty warehouse — helped lead authorities to the operation.

Y’all might be aware that marijuana is legal in California, and thus, growing weed is allowed so long as growers register their businesses and run them by their respective cities for approval. But growing pot on that scale is still not legal, and growers won’t technically be allowed to sell their wares commercially until January 2018 (next month), when commercial licenses will be available.

KTLA reports that Smith paid for two warehouses and a nearby home for the off-the-books operation (her actual home is in the affluent Pacific Palisades neighborhood).

Now, for the Caucasity™:

Smith built one of her warehouses right next to the cops. Like, the same block as the San Bernandino police headquarters.

Smith also wasn’t arrested, according to CBS News. Questioned, yes. But not arrested—and it’s unclear whether she will be. Even if she did get charged, the TV outlet reports, all she faces are a misdemeanor, jail time and a state fine.

*Asks for answers in Kanye*

Here’s where the story gets even wilder: This isn’t even Smith’s first violation. The DailyMailTV reports that they found court records showing Smith was sentenced to 3 years probation in April 2013 for unauthorized practice of medicine. The records don’t say what Smith did specifically, but Smith, who was known as Stephanie Darcy at the time, was named in “a trio of personal injury suits” filed in 2008 for performing liposuction without a license, according to the DailyMailTV.

If anyone is nervous, it sure isn’t Smith, who was walking free as a bird around Brentwood last Friday. When asked by the DailyMailTV whether she was concerned about possible misdemeanor charges and potential jail time, Smith, wearing leggings, slides, and sunglasses, told DailyMailTV: “No, what for?”

White privilege is one hell of a drug.

source: the root

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