It appears deputies from the Bartow County Police Department in Georgia need to take a basic marijuana course so they can learn the difference between cannabis and vegetable plants. Last week, vegetable gardener Dwayne Perry was awoken by the whirring of a police helicopter and K-9 handling cops banging on his door.
“I was scared actually, at first, because I didn’t know what was happening,” Perry told local TV station WSBTV Channel 2. “They were strapped to the gills.”
The helicopter, part of the Governor’s Task force for drug suppresion, was on the lookout for marijuana plants when it spotted the Okra garden alongside a bush at the end of his house.
It turned out, that helicopter was from the Governor’s Task Force for drug suppression and they were out looking for domestic cannabis plants and spotted the tree and plants. Capt. Kermit Stokes of the Georgia State Patrol, which oversees the task force, told Channel 2 that the okra “did have quite a number of characteristics that were similar to a cannabis plant.”
While Okra plant leaves are spiky at the end like cannabis plant leaves, the okra plant only has five leaves as opposed to a cannabis plant’s seven. Perry told the tv station the cops should have known the difference. “Here I am, at home and retired and you know I do the right thing,” Perry said. “Then they come to my house strapped with weapons for no reason. It ain’t right.”
The authorities apologized on the scene and again when Willis called.
“If we disturbed them in any manner, that’s not our intent. Our intent is to go out and do our job and do it to the best of our ability,” Stokes said.