Reminds me of one of the time my dad had a bad low blood sugar reaction and we had to call the paramedics (which around here, are usually also police officers) as soon as he was stable I went down stairs and stood in front of the pot of kenaf plants (which again have cannabis like leaves) and the line of sight of anyone coming in, lest confusion ensue.
We have a large, what I think is called Texas Star Mallow, again I think, it is a hibiscus. It has big red flowers. It is easy to propagate by seed and sells really well for us at the swap meets, largely because of it's pot like leaves. We are always sure to have photos of the mamma plants in bloom to show. Just in case.
Nothing ruins a neighborhood like paved roads and water lines.
I'm always amazed by how willing people are to talk to warantless police. I don't open the door for people selling steaks or religion and I'm certainly not going to for someone who is armed, nervous, and needs a biology lesson.
Growing where temperate rainforest meets the sea (WA coast): Jan avg low temp ~34*F, Aug avg high temp ~69*F, ~111 annual inches of rain, but only about 15 inches May-Sep, salt air, lots of wind.
A sheriff's officer was walking down an alley behind my house. People walking down alleys is common where I lived then, so that wasn't unusual. He stopped by my garden and asked what my okra was. Maybe he was just curious, but at the time I wondered if he thought it was pot. Later, I learned that a common roadside weed locally called ditchweed is wild pot, so maybe he was just curious about a garden plant he hadn't seen before.
The third year my corn was lodged on a windless night, I cornered one of my town PD. I gave his chest a good finger poking, telling him that if anyone from his department needed to check to see if I was growing pot, that they should come in the day time and I would provide plant manuals for any that needed them. And that I understood the rights I was giving away.
The town PD never came to check. Also my corn never lodged again. What a coincidence.