March 9, 2018
For the past eleven years, I have volunteered to be the Music Director at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta (a summer camp for kids with cancer or who have had cancer). In addition to that week-long summer program, Ta-Kum-Ta has recently instituted a “winter weekends” program, and I will be spending the next two nights there, so you’ll have to live without my fascinating blog posts for the next two nights. You’ll manage.
In the meantime, I recently uncovered this article from the Washington Post. It’s dated, but the point it makes is, well, timeless.
It seems that Georgia police raided a retired Atlanta man’s garden after a helicopter crew from the state drug task force spotted suspicious-looking plants on the man’s property. A heavily-armed K9 unit arrived and the subsequent search revealed that the plants were… um… okra bushes.
The officers eventually apologized and left, but they took some of the suspicious okra leaves with them for analysis. Georgia state patrol told reporters that “we’ve not been able to identify it as of yet. But it did have quite a number of characteristics that were similar to a cannabis plant.”
For instance, the Post noted, like cannabis, okra is green and it has leaves.