I've been meaning to post about this for a while. My friend Scott at Grits for Breakfast points to proof garnered through an open records request that reveals a city-owned utility company is providing customer information to the Austin, Texas police department without requiring a warrant, in order to facilitate an ongoing fishing expedition for indoor cannabis cultiviation.
Scott notes the city has 127 unsolved murders and yet the police are spending their limited time and the citizens' tax dollars to chase down marijuana producers. I'm certain I don't need to point out which crimes present the greater danger to the public safety.
As I've been saying for years, the wholesale abridgement of our civil rights has its roots in the war on some drugs. When it just affects drug consumers, no one complains but by the time they expand the same tactics to include wider demographic groups -- it's too late to stop it.