Georgia Deputies Raid Man’s Home After Mistaking Okra Plants for Marijuana

By Jen Hayden, Daily Kos

Once again, from the “not The Onion” files, Georgia deputies went full SWAT to raid Dwayne Perry’s home because they thought he was growing marijuana in his back yard. But, no. It was okra:

“I was scared actually, at first, because I didn’t know what was happening,” said homeowner Dwayne Perry.

All he noticed was that there was a chopper sitting unusually low over his house, then Bartow County deputies and a K-9 unit appeared at his doorstep in minutes.

“They were strapped to the gills,” Perry said.

Georgia State Patrol says they still haven’t identified the mysterious (and enormously popular Southern vegetable):

“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,” said Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes.

Dwayne Perry says he’s still embarrassed and feels his reputation has been damaged, not to mention being terrified at how quickly something could have gone wrong.

Even if this were one small patch of homegrown marijuana, isn’t this type of police response just a wee bit overkill? Especially when 75% of Americans don’t even think it should be a jailable offense and 58% think it should be legal outright?

Reprinted with permission from The Daily Kos.