Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

High Times
0

News

Cops Thought They Found $100K Worth of Weed, But They Were Wrong

Missouri Cops Thought They Found $100k of Weed, But They Were Wrong
Photo: Riverfront Times

A National Guard helicopter hovered overhead as teams from four different Missouri police and sheriffs’ departments bushwhacked through a field of tall green plants. They slashed through the woods to discover what they called “one of the largest marijuana grow seizures in the area.”

The raiders chopped down the plants and loaded them into a landscaping trailer pulled by a huge pickup truck. They then proceeded to snap hundreds of pictures of themselves and their prize, which they then posted to the Jasper Police Department’s Facebook page.

Missouri Cops Thought They Found $100k of Weed, But They Were Wrong

Photo: Riverfront Times

Shortly after posting their proud-as-hell photos, Facebook comments started pouring in. Among the best: “That’s hemp.”

Others joined in until at least a thousand comments lined the page, most mocking congratulations to the elite squad for having raided and hacked down a field of what one commenter described as “raw material of natural fiber rope.”

The Jasper police quickly pulled the post when they realized their guys had come face-to-face with a field of hemp that they thought was cannabis.

Legally, it really doesn’t matter. Growing hemp is still against the law in Missouri, unless you’re one of the two entities licensed to grow industrial hemp under the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.

“It’s still just as illegal,” says Show-Me Cannabis Chairman Dan Viets, a prominent criminal defense attorney with years of experience handling marijuana cases. “It doesn’t matter if you call it hemp or marijuana.”

While the state draws no legal distinction between hemp and marijuana, if you’re in law enforcement, it might be wise to know the difference. Scores of Missouri folks certainly did when they saw their giddy cops on Facebook who were doing the math about the hemp’s “street value.”

They estimated that they’d just destroyed at least $100,000 worth of weed. But obviously, since this was wild hemp that wouldn’t actually get anyone high, the plants destroyed by the excited cops didn’t actually have any real street value.

Missouri Cops Thought They Found $100k of Weed, But They Were Wrong

Photo: Riverfront Times

“These look to me like wild hemp plants, because they are tall and without buds, which probably means that no one was actively cultivating them,” said John Payne, executive director of Show-Me Cannabis.

In any case, the boys had fun showing off their slash-and-burn techniques.

“What a great team effort today,” the now-deleted Facebook post said. “It was hot and humid and not easy getting these plants. We ALL got in the thick of things and got it done.”

So far, no one has been charged with letting their unattended hemp crop go wild. Viets said the important question regarding a criminal defense is whether anyone was actually cultivating the plants.

If they were just growing wild, there’s obviously no crime. Later, Jasper police Chief Chad Karr told the Riverfront Times that the Facebook post wasn’t meant to brag about a bunch of pot plants, but rather to serve notice to a suspected meth dealer operating in the area. As far as marijuana, the police chief said, he really doesn’t care if people use it.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

HT Newsletter

Subscribe for exclusive access to deals, free giveaways and more!

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Advertisement

You May Also Like

Women

The image of cannabis culture has been shifting away from "stoner bro" in favor of a more playful and feminine vibe.

News

If the proposal passes, it would enable more people in Missouri to get licenses for medical cannabis businesses.

News

Better living with hemp.

Politics

Can hemp present new opportunities for Native American communities?

People

The cannabis influencer and music photojournalist talks about being human, building a brand, and cannabis as a healing tool.

News

The measure may take another year to go anywhere.

News

Here are all the winners of the 2020 Hemp Cup!

News

It was a close vote, but for the time being, Idaho will not be legalizing the cultivation of hemp.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!