According to the Huffington Post, “A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.
“Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized ’17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants … native grasses and sunflowers,’ after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.”
I understand not liking okra, or other vegetables, but raiding organic farms is not the answer, unless of course Texas law enforcement was protecting young people from the influence of this gateway vegetable? One can almost hear some local Texas sheriff drawl, “They start using okra today, and tomorrow they might be hooked on cauliflower, or even spinach.”