But Officer, it’s not slimy if you smoke it

Local authorities had cited the Garden of Eden in recent weeks for code violations, including “grass that was too tall, bushes growing too close to the street, a couch and piano in the yard, chopped wood that was not properly stacked, a piece of siding that was missing from the side of the house, and generally unclean premises,” Smith’s statement said.

Don't confiscate my Okra man.

Don’t confiscate my Okra man.










She said the police didn’t produce a warrant until two hours after the raid began, and officers shielded their name tags so they couldn’t be identified. According to ABC affiliate WFAA, resident Quinn Eaker was the only person arrested — for outstanding traffic violations.

The city of Arlington said in a statement that the code citations were issued to the farm following complaints by neighbors, who were “concerned that the conditions” at the farm “interfere with the useful enjoyment of their properties and are detrimental to property values and community appearance.”

The police SWAT raid came after “the Arlington Police Department received a number of complaints that the same property owner was cultivating marijuana plants on the premises,” the city’s statement said. “No cultivated marijuana plants were located on the premises,” the statement acknowledged.

More at the Huffington Post. 

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

    Never, I repeat never piss off a city code enforcement officer. And for all that is holy, never correct them. Your house gets raided, the water shut off accidentally, they become stalkers. Hell, I’d flip off a cop and take off running naked down the street before I’d tick off another code enforcer.

    • mea_mark

      One of the main reasons I live in the country is I never got along with code enforcement people. I would grow strange plants and the neighbors would complain to the city saying my yard was infested with weeds. It didn’t seem to matter if I new the botanical name of the plant or it’s culinary/medicinal uses.

      • BanditBasheert

        We laugh about that – we live in an area with an HOA – and they are usually quite nice. But every late spring, everyone’s yard just busts out in color with desert wildflowers, depending upon how much rain we have had over the late winter.

        For some reason, our “enforcement” officer considers these “weeds” and spends all of her time driving around jotting down addresses – about all of our brilliant orange poppies and the purple lupine. And we all ignore her. In fact, she has been told to NEVER EVER write me a letter again by the HOA Manager (how’s THAT for power).

        My favorite citation was when she wrote a letter to my next door neighbor telling him his grass was too long and to mow it. This to a family with 100% desert landscaping and NO grass.

        Fortunately the HOA is very friendly and reasonable. After our recent microburst they had crews and dumpsters in so fast it was amazing – also brought in tons of landscapers to cut the trees that were broken and in the streets.

        • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

          No HOA protection here, just a little niche in a forgotten neighborhood. The enforcement office lives 3 blocks over. We own the property behind us, directly behind our home – the original owner/builder didn’t want anyone behind him. So it’s just an empty lot. Fully wooded on one border and an abandoned home on the other. It has a couple of trees and the creek runs between the properties.

          We mow the lot, just not as often as we do our yard. So this tree fell onto the property last week. We received a notification three days after it fell. We have two weeks to take care of it. Which is good because J will be home next weekend – the family doesn’t let my clumsy ass handle the chain saw.

          • mea_mark

            Women with chainsaws are dangerous.

          • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

            At least this one is. I came home with a baby chain saw one day, an electrical one. So I could stop naggin the men in my life to do these smaller issues. I used it successfully several times until they found I had it. So the next time I used it, husband and all 3 grown kids were in the yard * I cut through the extension cord.

          • Cosmic_Surfer

            Uh, no. I would let my sister loose with one anytime and I have had to do my share of trimming dead wood out of trees, downing broken limbs and cutting suckers out of hundred year old trees…a day in the life of a property manager…especially one that prefers to use the budget for upgrades

          • mmaynard119

            Mark – I’m very glad you’ve learned this lesson, son, especially if you’re going to try to match wits with this bunch.

        • Larry911

          Where do you live? People all over the World are reading your posts.

    • Cosmic_Surfer

      Exactly – they will find every potential code violation since your property ever existed and then make up more.

  • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

    What’s wrong with Bandit’s comment?

  • mmaynard119

    We are all children of the Universe. Some more than others…….

  • Tammy Minton Haley