'Okra mistaken for marijuana during pot search'.

Discussion in 'Plants: In the News' started by togata57, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. togata57

    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    http://www.theguardian.com/world/feedarticle/11572895

    http://reason.com/blog/2014/10/03/georgia-drug-warriors-raid-okra-grower-l

    Remedial plant identification workshop indicated.

    Wonder what the suspect shrub is...Hibiscus syriacus, maybe? Ah, these Malvaceae are a suspicious family!

    What's next---jail time for those unfortunate citizens guilty of harboring a horsechestnut? Castor bean? Mayapple? Lupine? After all, these have 'quite a number of characteristics that (are) similar to a cannabis plant'.

    Hope you will get a laugh from this story---I did!
     
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    Sundrop Well-Known Member

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    Now I am scared. I have a big Filipendula plant. I am in Canada, but who knows? ;-)
     
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    Hey guys, I have nine little potted horse chestnuts set out in plain view at the feet of our grape vines where I thought they'd get lots of sun. Couple of weeks ago two planes flew over our house, one shortly after the other, so low I thought they'd clip the treetops. Could almost have made pilot ID although the planes didn't have any on their wings. Have been scratching my head wondering why ever since. Maybe now I have the answer: little five-fingered leafy plants. Thanks for the tip and the laugh! Lynetta
     
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    Agree with Togata "Remedial plant identification workshop indicated". I'm sure their local County Agent, a specialist from their local Land Grant Univ. or a well trained Master Gardener would be more than happy to give them a seminar on Pot Plant ID. What's the old saying, something about remain silent and let them "Think" your stupid, or open your mouth and prove it. ;)) barb
     
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    This was odd. In Southern California they use an infrared camera to photograph such suspected areas to make sure. If it is real Marijuana, it shows up as the brightest red from all the surrounding vegetation by comparison. They do not go purely off visual of what they think they see. They have to make darn sure before hand.
     

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