Report from the frontlines: The sheriff apparently has plenty of money for helicopters again this year. Last week a nice shiny blue chopper came to pay me a visit and make sure I was doing alright. They stayed long enough to get a head count (12) and a few pictures. They next flew to a abandoned formerly legal site that got a lot of attention last year but has remained empty. Next, get this, they came back to my patch , apparently believing there must be more, flying around but finding nothing. Most years one flyby is normal. They definitely have my GPS coordinates. It is funny they never check my neighbors who have more growing than I ever have.
The big surprise came today when I heard distant helicopter sounds and they went straight to my patch, hovered for a while, flew to the abandoned site previously mentioned and then, yes once again, flew back over my grow site the checked out my orchard to look for plants. There was nothing for them to see or find, just tomatoes.
Growbusters usually raid sites with at least a few hundred plants so I feel fairly safe that they would not mess with getting a search warrant for 12 plants but all the attention is somewhat worrisome. I have plenty of land where I could move the potted plants and leave the big ones in the ground. This is a option but I hate to move them from the best , sunniest spot on the ranch.
Growbusters continue to be busy. 4 sites raided last week, 500 to 3000 plants. It is the same almost every week in grow season.
Roadside signs wanting the raids to stop and calls to defund grow busters have popped up. This just shows how grow busters have farmers on edge.
The county supervisors are wanting to put a cannabis tax measure on the ballot.