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(Yahoo)   Growhouse gets raided by police in Kansas, only nets 6 plants. Tomato and squash plants   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 35
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2013-03-30 12:16:48 PM  
9 votes:
The tomato is a gateway vegetable.
2013-03-30 12:23:46 PM  
8 votes:
FTA But the Hartes' attorney, Cheryl Pilate, said she suspects the couple's 1,825-square-foot split level was targeted because they had bought hydroponic equipment to grow a small number of tomatoes and squash plants in their basement.

I hope their attorney crucifies the police dept in court.
2013-03-30 12:32:13 PM  
7 votes:

basemetal: I have a small greenhouse in my back yard, around 8' X 12'.  I use it to overwinter stuff, start seeds, extend growing seasons on cherry tomatoes and some peppers.  It's funny how when anyone is in the back yard, (lawn treatments, there's a phone junction back there, a raised manhole cover for city sewer lines, and power lines that trees need to be trimmed, utilities) the workers always have to look in there. Sometimes i just watch them as they look disappointed that there are only regular everyday things in there.


Good time to break out the mannequin duct taped to a metal chair with a burlap sack over its head.
2013-03-30 08:11:02 AM  
5 votes:
Tomoto? Did Dan Quayle submit this?
2013-03-30 12:35:20 PM  
4 votes:
Step 1) build growhouse and stock it with tomato plants at first
Step 2) make sure it gets raided by soon-to-be-embarrassed police
Step 3) Switch it out for pot, knowing sheriff's department doesn't want another lawsuit..
2013-03-30 10:40:28 AM  
4 votes:
♫  You say tomoto, and I say you're a moron... ♫
2013-03-30 12:22:02 PM  
3 votes:
I have a small greenhouse in my back yard, around 8' X 12'.  I use it to overwinter stuff, start seeds, extend growing seasons on cherry tomatoes and some peppers.  It's funny how when anyone is in the back yard, (lawn treatments, there's a phone junction back there, a raised manhole cover for city sewer lines, and power lines that trees need to be trimmed, utilities) the workers always have to look in there. Sometimes i just watch them as they look disappointed that there are only regular everyday things in there.
2013-03-30 12:20:14 PM  
3 votes:

offmymeds: The tomato is a gateway vegetable fruit.


FTFM
2013-03-30 11:53:41 AM  
3 votes:
The War on Drugs © : Making the 4th Amendment obsolete since 1971
2013-03-30 03:11:29 PM  
2 votes:
As outrageous as this whole event was, this lawsuit could have EASILY been avoided if the cops had only remembered to follow the "plant" rule:

Whenever conducting a raid, ALWAYS bring along a decent amount of (pot cocaine heroin, meth - whatever) JUST IN CASE the people you are raiding happen to be innocent.

If the cops had done this, they could have avoided all of this nasty publicity and lawsuit, confiscated and sold their house, cars (etc), emptied their bank accounts AND gotten an increase in tax funding for the subsequent year.

Heroes!

What's wrong with cops these days?

Would they go camping without bringing a sweater? Then why go on a "drug raid" without bringing "emergency drugs"?


/And some throw-away guns, of course
2013-03-30 02:26:37 PM  
2 votes:
Tomato is in the nightshade family and nightshade is -deadly- nightshade and this man is a terr'ist who is obviously planning to corrupt our precious pizza sauce fluids with toxins and we should shoot him and steal all his stuff and punch his dog in the face.
2013-03-30 01:38:08 PM  
2 votes:

Begoggle: I love all the outrage.
They acted like they were growing pot.
Police checked it out, and they weren't, end of story.
If you act like you're committing a crime, expect the police to look at you closely.


You are an idiot. Shut up, idiot.
2013-03-30 12:53:20 PM  
2 votes:
Next the DEA is going after the biggest drug cartel in the world: The Olive Garden.
2013-03-30 12:40:27 PM  
2 votes:
Who cares if the government infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens as long as it allows law enforcement to stop just one bad person?  They admit they are somewhat wealthy so they can afford to buy organic vegetables at their local market.  They didn't need this equipment to provide for their family.  Greedy bastards...trying to preserve their wealth.  Plus they weren't charged with anything so no harm, no foul right?

/the ends justify the means
2013-03-30 11:39:35 PM  
1 votes:
Smirky - WOW. I wouldn't hesitate to tell her exactly why you never visit. What a biatch; that's not family, that's meddling power-hungry, ladder-climbing narc behavior.

/she says while trying to figure out the easiest way to ignore her BIL for the rest of eternity...
2013-03-30 11:23:31 PM  
1 votes:

Smirky the Wonder Chimp: panfried: Maybe they shouldn't have bought and set up drug manufacturing equipment, regardless of what they intended to grow. If you want vegetables, till the ground and plant them like everyone else.

*Plonk*

So anyway, CSB time.  Last winter, I built a cold frame for my tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.  From November until March, I start getting a serious jones for fried green tomatoes and eggplant ratatouille, and it's really hard to get good eggplants or green tomatoes in midwinter.  At least this gives me a way to keep some plants producing until December or January--maybe even a little later, if I use a lamp or two for extra light and heat.  Winters are usually relatively mild here.

A certain cousin of mine, the family shiat-stirrer, worked for the county DA in some capacity.  While she was visiting her parents--we live next door to them--she saw the PVC frame and the lamps and asked what was going on over there, and her mother told her that I was trying to keep my tomatoes and eggplant alive.

"Oh.  'Tomatoes,' right," she says with air quotes.  "You mean the kind of 'tomatoes' you roll and smoke?"

"Noooo, the kind of tomatoes you eat with olive oil and eggplant," says the aunt.

"Right.  Okay," says the cousin.

Two days later we get a reasonably polite visit from law enforcement asking about the frame.  Which I show them.  They poke around for a few minutes, thank me for my time and go on their merry way. Every two weeks or so this scene repeats until spring.

The cousin is presently angry that I never visit and rarely have much to say to her when she's around.



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Might I suggest that, in addition to your small-scale hobby farming, you should consider keeping pigs?
2013-03-30 03:04:34 PM  
1 votes:

panfried: Maybe they shouldn't have bought and set up drug manufacturing equipment, regardless of what they intended to grow. If you want vegetables, till the ground and plant them like everyone else.


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Cause that's the way things are, goldangit!


*snort*

3/10
2013-03-30 01:16:43 PM  
1 votes:
Don't you farking DARE grow warm weather fruit and veg in your basement during winter, citizen. I don't give a shart if it helps you bond with your son and teach him lessons about responsibility. He's probably a pothead anyways.
2013-03-30 12:56:58 PM  
1 votes:
I had a buddy about 15 years ago who had a somewhat sizable grow operation in his closet while at the same time working at a newly-opened, sparsely-furnished storefront for hydroponic equipment that was directly across the street from the police station in a Midwestern college town.

How he was never busted amazes me to this day.
2013-03-30 12:55:07 PM  
1 votes:

way south: There were millions of places they could have gone, but obviously you're doing something wrong enough to get their attention.


Yes.  Its always the victims fault.  And never incompetent police.  Always.
2013-03-30 12:49:45 PM  
1 votes:

anuran: ...with a street value of $850,000


Thank you, I came  in here for the street value.
2013-03-30 12:45:40 PM  
1 votes:
If you've done nothing wrong you have nothing to fear. Move along citizen.
2013-03-30 12:45:27 PM  
1 votes:

Begoggle: I love all the outrage.
They acted like they were growing pot.
Police checked it out, and they weren't, end of story.
If you act like you're committing a crime, expect the police to look at you closely.


you always wanted a big brother didn't you?
2013-03-30 12:44:34 PM  
1 votes:
I love all the outrage.
They acted like they were growing pot.
Police checked it out, and they weren't, end of story.
If you act like you're committing a crime, expect the police to look at you closely.
2013-03-30 12:44:11 PM  
1 votes:

offmymeds: offmymeds: The tomato is a gateway vegetable fruit. vegetable

FTFM
/OK it is a berry

2013-03-30 12:39:56 PM  
1 votes:
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2013-03-30 12:38:15 PM  
1 votes:
...with a street value of $850,000
2013-03-30 12:33:50 PM  
1 votes:

dennysgod: FTA But the Hartes' attorney, Cheryl Pilate, said she suspects the couple's 1,825-square-foot split level was targeted because they had bought hydroponic equipment to grow a small number of tomatoes and squash plants in their basement.

I hope their attorney crucifies the police dept in court.


slurmed.com
2013-03-30 12:33:34 PM  
1 votes:
"...sheriff's deputies searched their home in the upscale Kansas City suburb ofLeawood last April 20 as part of Operation Constant Gardener..."

Someone at the Sheriff's office has a sense of humor.
2013-03-30 12:18:44 PM  
1 votes:
You mean to say that police officers would lie under oath to secure a warrant?
2013-03-30 12:15:35 PM  
1 votes:
Getting ready to play Plants versus Zombies, I see...
2013-03-30 11:50:05 AM  
1 votes:
Because the CIA would never have anything to do with drugs
2013-03-30 11:42:15 AM  
1 votes:
FTFA: Two former CIA employees

Why do I get the feeling the sheriff will be on the losing end of this one.
2013-03-30 11:24:27 AM  
1 votes:
Growing your own food? Hell ya that's illegal. "Buy Monsanto Act" 2013 just passed Congress.
2013-03-30 08:19:55 AM  
1 votes:

grokca: Tomoto? Did Dan Quayle submit this?


ITS NOT TOMATOE it's TOMATO
 
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