Innocent Mint Plants Become Collateral Damage in the War on Marijuana

Every once in a while, there is room for humor at the expense of America’s war on marijuana and this is a story that I couldn’t help but share:

In their unyielding pursuit to rid the world of all of its marijuana plants, police in Corpus Christi, Texas arrived at a city park last week to pull up hundreds of weeds. The only problem with their gardening project is that these weeds were not marijuana at all but a type of wild mint that grows in the area.

Corpus Christi’s KRIS TV news reports that police…

…spent an hour pulling up about 400 plants and filling several garbage bags with the weeds. But, when they got back to the police station and ran some tests it turned out the suspected pot plants were just a fairly common type of weed called ‘horse mint.’

This is clearly an embarrassing waste of public safety resources. However, I can’t help but think about how much more useful an activity like clearing weeds out of a park is compared to chasing down adults for growing marijuana plants on their own property.

What do you think?

30 thoughts on “Innocent Mint Plants Become Collateral Damage in the War on Marijuana”

  1. too much, i just hope cops don’t bust into an old lady’s herb garden and shoot her dogs.

  2. Thank god there are government resources to eradicate weeds! Any home owners out there that would sign a petition for the prohibition of dandelions or crab grass? I would love for some agents to come in my yard and pick all the dandelions and crab grass out of my lawn.

  3. How sad is that. The people that are paid to enforce this ridiculous prohibition are so out of touch with the real world and reality. They have obviously never watched one news piece on weed, or read a article on it. They show the pot leaf everytime. So sad. Shows how stupid cops care. Let’s just give all the retard, power obcesed, ex brainwashed military have guns and raid our homes and shoot our dogs and lock us in jail for using the planets most benficial herb. GREAT IDEA AMERICA… land of the free home of the brave… my assssss

  4. imagine if the effort involved in cleaning up the oil spill was what all the cops and prison guards and DA’s efforts were to eradicate weed. Anyone who is a cop is criminal until the stop arresting and killing the people who pay their salaries.

  5. Hay i say let em hunt mint if they want to.If they had a tail you could tie a joint to it and they’d just run in circles all day.

  6. LOL and they have a gun….. Guess they must be desprate to hire Idiots like that and put them on the streets while fellow brothers and sisters simply get harassed and even arrested for smoking a joint which we all knows is a hell of a lot safer than the legal pills and alcohol that is advertised and pushed down our throat. They need to just legalize,tax and regulate Marijuana instead of wasting money like they are doing . All that taxpayers money that could have been put towards better use flushed down the drain. And they wounder why their is problem….

  7. I saw this a few days ago and I thought,”No body could be that stupid. Not just one stupid idiot, but a whole gang of cops. ” I was pissed when I read this story. Now we are paying for lawn care by cops on overtime. This proves that the war on America is wrong. How many rape kits have het to be tested? How many sex offenders are missing? How many robberies and breakins are unsolved? We may never know because the Corpus Cristi cops are on lawn duty.

  8. Law Enforcement Officers are trained what Marijuana looks and smells like. Myself, I think it is showing stupitidy on the part of the police department. Maybe they are just trying to get the word out, “This is how the War on Drugs is from now on” We’re gonna pull up all the weeds, no matter what weed we pull up because there just might be some cannabis there.”

    This is how the 2010 drug war is going to go, not only arresting one cannabis smoker at a time, but also pulling one weed at a time. I think they are grabbing at straws.

  9. You would think the police would have had sufficient training to discern between marijuana and mint. They look nothing alike. This is hysterical and infuriating at the same time.

  10. A post from rawstory.com in regards to these events:

    An old Italian lived alone in New Jersey . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

    Dear Vincent,
    I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.
    Love, Papa

    A few days later he received a letter from his son.

    Dear Pop,
    Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried..
    Love,
    Vinnie

    At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.
    That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

    Dear Pop,
    Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.
    Love you,
    Vinnie

  11. Just remember people that the police departments HAVE TO hire total idiots cause the people that know the truth wont have any part of the wastefull prohibition policies.
    Thats why they dont know the differance between their ass from a hole in the ground!

  12. Ahah.. Mint..

    Because of prohibiton, we’ve adapted to these unjust raids on marijuana and learned to move inside!! Sooo in reality, it’s prohibitions fault we’ve learned to grow some of the dankest most dense healthy buds!!

    Oo… Fuckthepolice an the ones that want it to remain illegal. Most of the growers are just like the ass holes that wanted to eradicate it in the first place. For personal profit

  13. An enitre police force that has half the brain of your average 16 year old…. Be afraid be very afraid

  14. I wonder if we might persuade more of our fellow citizens if we made two changes in our language:
    1) I wonder if we would appeal to a wider audience if we moved away from the safer-than-alcohol-and-less-addictive-than-cigarettes language, and start using “safer than aspirin and less addictive than coffee?”
    2) I wonder if we might make a better and more persuasive impression if we stopped using vulgar language, insulting people, calling them names, saying people who disagree are stupid, etc. and started presenting ourselves as the voices of reason? I’m not sure we’re going to win many converts if they come to our websites and see f-this and sh-that…

    If we can win over the the moms, we can win. Let’s tidy up our act a little and reach our goals.

  15. I wonder if they were high fiving and patting eachother on the asses while they were bagging up the mint lol

  16. so i was just looking at this somewhere else and saw that officials were speaking to the news and declared it “one of the largest marijuana plant seizures in the police department’s history,” just before it was tested and they found out it was mint lol

  17. This has to be a joke. Right? I’m wondering why didn’t they roll up one and test it before they started bagging the entire lawn. Imagine getting a buzz from mint plants —- hysterical.

    rofl @ the tomato post.

  18. these are cop’s ???!. these dumb asses cannot even spell weed much less find the stuff ?!. maybe they can come to my house and pull my weed’s to ??. but please call first if you know how to use a phone?. so i can put my dog’s away and my kid’s in a safe place !! can’t have u assholes killing my baby’s like they did raiding homes up here in the north !!! maybe we can show u mother—–r’s what pot really look’s like … or maybe u can stop the heroin that has been killing about 25-30 people around here lately!!! but they probley think that a poopy plant is a herb that is used for good house keeping?? or window washing ?? the heroin is so bad here that these cop’s are more interested in how many coffin’s they can sell and how they can get in on the action!!!. stupid fuck’s ,we are paying these dumb asses,give me a break!!.and legalize they stuff and you will have time to stop the real drug’s like mexican’s….!

  19. Thanks Tommas for the great tomatoe garden story and Conservitave Christian, thanks for helpfully pointing towards a theory, I trully believe. Lets get behind this thing and stop prohibition..write your congressman, senators, and especially your governor, as more states are starting to take back a little more control of their laws. They refuse to let us get the question on the ballot. Only to prolong prohibition. State by state we can do this thing.

  20. How in Gods name were all those “Trained Professionals” couldn’t tell the difference between a common plant that most of them would of obviously grown up around and MJ plants? And even if the entire amount of “Police” were all rookies shouldn’t there be at least one seasoned officer to say ” stop gardening you twits this is a mint leaf”, i dont even want to imagine what the SWAT training is like, but i guess with my personal experience of being hand cuffed and almost taken in for smoking my self rolled cigs and only being saved by the lt who not only let me go but almost pissed on himself laughing at his own men saying we cant arrest ppl for rolling tobacco in here in the big apple, god bless this country i hope it will survive when the government collapses on itself.

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