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Marijuana grow raided-oh wait-it was Okra; sorry about that.

Admin; Really? Marijuana vs Okra.  Be careful when choosing your seeds young grower-the police may cuff you for Okra…

U.S. CRIME

Marijuana Police Accidentally Raid Man’s Okra Garden

Oct. 7, 2014

Growing OkraGrowing OkraJoshua McCullough—Getty Images

They thought the gumbo ingredient was the illicit drug

Police flying in helicopters looking for marijuana plants last week tracked down a man who they believed was illegally growing cannabis. Yet they soon discovered the plants were actually okra, a gumbo ingredient that’s very much legal.

Dwayne Perry of Cartersville, Georgia, noticed that a helicopter was mysteriously flying low over his home, and soon learned of the cause when police and a canine unit showed up on his doorstep attempting to bust him for growing cannabis, according to CNN.

“It did have quite a number of characteristics that were similar to a cannabis plant,” Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes told CNN affiliate WSB. Both plants are green and leafy, but while a cannabis plant generally has seven or nine leaves, an okra plant has only five.

The Georgia police has since apologized to Perry and his neighbors, who had grown suspicious of the police near his home. Yet Perry remains frustrated that he was mistakenly targeted.

“Here I am, at home and retired and you know I do the right thing,” Perry told WSB.

Aerial police surveillance of cannabis plants has increased in the recent months, particularly in Northern California, “the capital of American cannabis cultivation.

http://time.com/3479728/marijuana-okra-police/

Excellent article and video about Colorado outdoor medical marijuana harvest.

Admin.  Follow the link for the video.

Excellent organic, outdoor grow report for a Colorado Springs dispensary owner.

Colorado’s legal marijuana harvest is underway

It’s harvest time around the country. Prime time for Colorado outdoor medical marijuana harvest.

Trevor Hughes, USATODAY11:17 p.m. EDT October 2, 2014

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(Photo: Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY)

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COTOPAXI, Colo. – Down a long dirt road snaking deep into the yellow hills of southern Colorado, Ryan Griego and his staff are harvesting green gold: legal marijuana.

More than four months after they were planted, Griego’s pot plants are finally reaching maturity, warmed by the sun and fertilized with fish and bat guano. Here, 1,000 organically grown marijuana plants are being chopped down, trimmed and processed for sale on Colorado’s legal medical marijuana market. Griego’s operation is one of the largest outdoor grows in the state, sprawling across a 40-acre compound patrolled by guards and watched by wireless security cameras.

Each plant is only about 3 feet tall, more bushy than stalky, but covered in prized marijuana “bud,” or flowers. After being cut down, the plants are hand-trimmed to remove the biggest stalks, run through power trimmers that are also used to prepare hops, and then hand-trimmed once again. The buds will then be dried, tested for quality and potency, and packaged for sale.

It’s a labor-intensive process reflected in plant’s value: Each one is worth $4,000-$6,000, depending on yield. That means Griego’s crew will be harvesting, on the low end, marijuana worth at least $4 million. And he’s only one of hundreds of licensed growers across the state.

Much of the legal marijuana sold in Colorado is grown indoors under lights, which gives growers more control over lighting, pests and the soil. Outdoor growers can harvest only one crop a year, compared with three or four crops if grown under lights. But Griego says his organically grown outdoor plants will yield more and taste better when smoked.

“It’s hard to mimic the intensiy of the sun,” he said.

Replay

  • A worker holds a freshly harvested marijuana flower near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014.
  • A worker holds a freshly harvested marijuana flower near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014
  • A marijuana plant growing outside near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014. Outdoor grows in Colorado provide higher per-yield per plant, but can be done only once a year.
  • Marijuana plants growing outside near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014. Outdoor grows in Colorado provide higher per-yield per plant, but can be done only once a year.
  • Workers haul away a freshly cut marijuana plant for processing on Oct. 2, 2014 near Cotopaxi, Colo. The plant is worth $4,000-$6,000 on the retail market.
  • This special tag allows growers and regulators to track legal marijuana plants in Colorado from seed to sale.
  • A freshly cut marijuana plant awaits trimming near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014. The plant is worth $4,000-$6,000.
  • A worker carries a freshly cut marijuana plant in to a trimming building near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014. The plant is worth $4,000-$6,000.
  • A freshly cut marijuana plant awaits trimming building near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014. The plant is worth $4,000-$6,000.
  • Workers trim freshly harvested marijuana plant near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014.
  • A worker shows off freshly harvested marijuana at a legal grow operation near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014.
  • A worker trims a freshly harvested marijuana plant near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014.
  • Tags like these allow growers and regulators to track legal marijuana in Colorado.
  • A bin of freshly harvested legal marijuana awaits trimming and drying near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014.
  • Ryan Griego of Cannasseur loads harvested marijuana into a motorized trimmer in preparation for drying near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014.
  • A worker hand-trims marijuana before drying it near a legal grow operation near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014.
  • A group of maturing marijuana plants grow in the sun near Cotopaxi, Colo. on Oct. 2, 2014. The plants are about three feet tall and are worth $4,000-$6,000 each.

Last Slide

Griego owns two marijuana stores, operating under the Cannasseur name, selling both medical and recreational marijuana in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. He’ll use this fall’s harvest to stock his stores for the year, and sell extra on the wholesale market. The growing season ends when frost begins nipping at the plants, turning their leaves yellow or purple. Plants that don’t fully flower can be processed into edibles or marijuana oil for use in vaporizers.

Each plant is tagged with an RFID chip, allowing growers and state regulators to track its path from seed to sale. The plants are weighed after being cut down, again after being trimmed, and again when they’re packaged for sale. Griego’s dozen workers have all passed background checks and are licensed by the state to work in the industry that nevertheless remains illegal at the federal level.

“It’s great to grow an American-made product, and that’s what this is,” Griego said.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/02/colorado-marijuana-harvest/16614453/