For many, Bob Chance has been the face of ecology in Harford County.
He taught earth science during a three-decade run in the public schools – and was named to the school system’s Hall of Fame. He promoted recycling long before the government got involved. He wrote a nature column for the local paper, won election to public office, and showed countless youngsters the wonders of the great outdoors as Ranger Bob.
And now he is, at 62, a defendant in a drug case.
Authorities say he has been growing marijuana at the farm where he raises and sells Christmas trees. And they say they found enough of the drug, either in plant form or packaged in freezers, to roll thousands of joints – so they are taking steps to seize his farm.
There’s so many stories like this it’s almost a cliche now. End the drug war.