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The Police State's War on Weed and Backyard Gardens

• https://www.fff.org, by Jacob G. Hornberger

I see how helpless and tormented I am becoming with disgust and disillusionment with the government which has turned this beautiful country into a police state … I feel like I am in the middle of a war zone. — Journal entry from a California resident describing the government's aerial searches for marijuana plants

Backyard gardeners, beware: tomato plants have become collateral damage in the government's war on drugs, especially marijuana.

In fact, merely growing a vegetable garden on your own property, or in a greenhouse on your property, or shopping at a gardening store for gardening supplies—incredibly enough—could set you up for a drug raid sanctioned by the courts.

It's happened before.

After shopping for hydroponic tomatoes at their local gardening store, a Kansas family found themselves subjected to a SWAT team raid as part of a multi-state, annual campaign dubbed "Operation Constant Gardener," in which police collected the license plates of hundreds of customers at the gardening store and then investigated them for possible marijuana possession.


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