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Texas cops: It's marijuana! oops, hibiscus huh? bamboo?
    #2939968 - 07/29/04 07:13 PM (18 years, 4 months ago)

Plant is called hibiscus, but it won't get you high
Officials mistake the popular foliage for pot and storm home of contractor
By S.K. BARDWELL
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

Meg Loucks/ Houston Chronicle
Blair Davis with his Texas Star hibiscus plant.
Landscape contractor Blair Davis was in his northwest Harris County home around 2 p.m. Tuesday when there was a knock at his door.

Davis said he hadn't even gotten his hand on the doorknob when it flew open and he was looking at the barrel of a pistol.

Behind the gun were about 10 members of the Harris County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force, who burst into the home, guns drawn, and began shouting at him to get down on the floor.

There on the floor, Davis said, it took a while to figure out that what had caused the swarm of lawmen to descend upon him was the hibiscus in his front yard.

That's right, hibiscus.

The foliage of the Texas Star hibiscus, a native plant that's growing in popularity, vaguely resembles that of marijuana.

But: "It's got white buds on it," Davis said. "Hello."

Davis had several of the plants in his yard, where he grows stock for his business.

"They were in containers," he said: "I don't want to say potted plants."

Evidently, some well-meaning but horticulturally challenged citizen turned Davis in. Davis said the team of narcotics officers combed his house for about an hour, at one point discussing whether red and gold bamboo growing in his window might be marijuana. They also asked what he did with the watermelons and cantaloupes growing in his back yard.

"What would I do with them?" Davis said.

Finally the officers gave up and left, leaving Davis only a "citizen's information card" with "closed-report" written on it.

"No apology, no nothing," Davis said. "I realize they have a job to do, but this seems a little bizarre."

Calls to the task force were not returned Wednesday.

Davis hasn't let the episode put him off the Texas Star hibiscus. "It tolerates heat and drought and our rains," he said. "It's a great plant, except for the police."


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Re: Texas cops: It's marijuana! oops, hibiscus huh? bamboo? [Re: grib]
    #2940466 - 07/29/04 09:11 PM (18 years, 4 months ago)

If I were that guy, I'd sue. Well, actually I wouldn't.....I'd be in jail for various drug related charges I'm sure. It'd all get dropped in the end though I'm sure since the warrent was invalid.


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Re: Texas cops: It's marijuana! oops, hibiscus huh? bamboo? [Re: grib]
    #2940533 - 07/29/04 09:33 PM (18 years, 4 months ago)

idiots


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Re: Texas cops: It's marijuana! oops, hibiscus huh? bamboo? [Re: grib]
    #2941093 - 07/30/04 12:00 AM (18 years, 4 months ago)

HA, the cops asked what Davis was he was doing with watermelons and cantaloupes, what fucking idiots.


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Re: Texas cops: It's marijuana! oops, hibiscus huh? bamboo? [Re: grib]
    #2942187 - 07/30/04 05:50 AM (18 years, 4 months ago)

It's unbelieveable they can raid your house like that one a tip from some one who can't tell the differance between a hibiscus plant and a marijuana plant.

Hibiscus have large broad sectionless leaves.

They didn't even investigate that, they just went in guns drawn on a random persons word.

You could have someones house raided any time you want.


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Re: Texas cops: It's marijuana! oops, hibiscus huh? bamboo? [Re: TheHateCamel]
    #2942259 - 07/30/04 06:15 AM (18 years, 4 months ago)

Well, not that it should matter, but one must remember this is Texas


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Re: Texas cops: It's marijuana! oops, hibiscus huh? bamboo? [Re: TheHateCamel]
    #2944833 - 07/30/04 10:01 PM (18 years, 4 months ago)

If one lives in texas, apparently you could.


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Re: Texas cops: It's marijuana! oops, hibiscus huh? bamboo? [Re: TheHateCamel]
    #2949670 - 08/01/04 03:59 AM (18 years, 3 months ago)

What's even more unbelievable is that a few years ago, the fine police in Johnson City, Tenneessee raided a guy because he had Japanese Maples in his yard... :rolleyes:


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Re: Texas cops: It's marijuana! oops, hibiscus huh? bamboo? [Re: grib]
    #2953255 - 08/02/04 03:46 AM (18 years, 3 months ago)

The jackbooted thugs strike again. At least it was a miserable failure! LOL :rotfl:


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