My Home was Searched for Growing Vegetables in my Bathroom

My Home was Searched for Growing Vegetables in my Bathroom


This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
I have another exciting episode for you and this was not too exciting when I first heard
abut it, but hopefully it’s going to help you guys put if something like this should
ever happen to you. So, what happened is as you guys saw last couple episode, I was actually
in Houston, Texas. I was down there on a little short vacation, filming a couple episodes,
getting more people to grow food, start composting and sharing some cool exciting information,
especially like about those avocadoes, the cold hearty avocadoes with you guys. So, anyways,
my flight got in late last night, and I get home only to find out my friend who’s currently
staying with me found out that she told me about 8:00 last night, and I got home about
midnight, there were some people knocking on the door, and, you know, and they wouldn’t
stop knocking on the door and she was kind of scarred because she’s a kind of younger
lady home alone, and it’s these big dudes and they’re just in plain clothes. So, finally
she, you know, they just wouldn’t go away, so she like peeked out the window and she
saw that, you know, they had badges, and then she was kind of freaked out so she opened
the front door and luckily I have like a gate, and I always recommend you guys have an accessory
gate, you know, so if you open a door you still got like a screen to protect you from
whoever’s outside, whether it’s the cops or anyone else, and then they said, ‘we’ve had
some complaints that you’re growing weed. We’ve had some complaints from some neighbors.’
And then she answered the door, get this, in my hoodie here, and this is my hoodie I
got free at a hydroponic show and it says, ‘Grow GH,’ and that’s generalhydro.com, and
it’s quite unfortunate that police and many people equate growing hydroponically with
growing, you know, weed or medicinal herbs like that, because there are other applications
actually to grow vegetables, grow high quality vegetables at that, and she finally answered
the door in her GH shirt and they’re probably thinking, ‘she’s got something to hide. She
didn’t answer the door and she’s wearing a hydro shirt or hydro hoodie. She must be really
into it,’ man. So, then what happens is, somehow, and I don’t exactly know how this happened,
and this is why I’m making this video, to let you guys know of your rights, because,
you know, here in the US we have the constitution and we have the Bill of Rights, and we have
certain rights, you know, as citizens of the USA that, you know, we have the freedom of
speech, we have, you know, the right to bear arms, we have the right to, you know, no illegal
search and seizure, and a whole bunch of other ones that I forget, but those are the most
important ones, in my opinion. Then what happened was, she saw one cop come to other cop with
a bunch of stack of papers. Was that a warrant or something, like it’s something official
and stuff and somehow, she doesn’t really know how it happened, but, you know, cops
have their ways like, you know, getting in the door and they’ll use any tactics they
deem necessary, including telling fibs, telling lies, to get in to basically do their job,
and, you know, I don’t fault any police officer or cop for doing their job because, you know,
that’s what they’re hired for, what they’re doing and I appreciate them and their work
when the legitimately have people that are committing crimes. Now, when they’re, you
know, badgering people that are, you know, honest people, that’s not cool and they need
to be doing something else with their lives. So, anyways, let’s continue. Somehow, they
end up getting in the house, and then they’re saying, you know, ‘Do you guys grow weed?
Is there weed growing here?’ and stuff like that, and, you know, she’s saying, ‘No, we
eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and we grow our own,’ and then they’re questioning,
you know, in the living room area, there’s actually a lot of cases of fruits ’cause I
eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and besides growing my vegetables, I don’t really have
too many fruit trees, so I buy a lot of fruits, and there’s cases of fruit, and, you know,
to the average person who walks into my house it might look very odd until you get to know
me and that I really do eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. More than the average person,
and then they were like, ‘Do you sell this stuff?’ and all this crazy stuff, and they’re
just, I don’t know, I don’t know what they’re thinking ’cause they’re just thinking that
they’re going to do a drug bust and people that are into drugs are, I don’t know, crazy
or something. And then they looked down the hall, and then that’s when, what you guys
saw in the last couple episodes actually, is where I plant my tree collards, and in
the bathroom window, there’s a little window, and at night, because my lights come on at
night, you see the little shining purple lights out of it, and in general those little grow
lights, the LED lights that I have are used for growing medicinal herbs in many cases,
but, you know, people also use them to grow vegetables legally, and so then they saw down
the hall that the lights were one, and they were like, “I think we found what we’re looking
for,’ and they stared running down the hall and my friend who’s staying with me ran in
front of them, she said, ‘we eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and these are just some vegetables
growing,’ and then sure enough, they go down there, and guess what? There was no weed to
be found. I’m not growing any medicinal herb or anything like that. It’s just vegetables,
my tree collards, man. They don’t understand that my tree collards are very valuable plants.
I don’t know if they’re as valuable as medicinal herbs on the street, but to me they’re just
as valuable because they’re a plant that will grow in Vegas 365 days a year. I mean, even
in 100 and triple digit weather in the 100’s in the freezing winter and continue to put
out leaves for you to eat. I mean, what other crop can you grow in Vegas that’s like that?
Not too many that could survive the extreme sun and the extreme cold. So, anyways, then
after that they were kind of let down, then they started questioning her about some other
things and stuff and, you know, I’m just, I just wasn’t too happy to hear about all
this, because if I was home it probably definitely would have been handled a little bit differently.
In any case, they ended up going their way and they didn’t find what they were looking
for and they explained that she’s a young lady and she was just scared of answering
the door and she was just doing laundry and this wasn’t even her shirt and they didn’t
find anything and then they basically just went on their way. So, then after that what
happened was after they didn’t find anything in the bathroom, what happened was they actually
she said, ‘Well, go look at our garden in the backyard,’ you know, and they didn’t really
seem too interested in learning about the backyard garden because she said, ‘yea, we
grow a lot of our own food,’ and they said, ‘what do you do with that food? Do you sell
it?’ because, what? Selling your own food that you grow, is that illegal, too? Probably.
I mean, at this point they probably just want to pin something because they’re in the house,
they totally screwed up and now they’re looking bad, they lost face, and they just want to
get you on something, and they didn’t find anything, and she says, ‘no, we eat a lot
of fruits and vegetables and we grow our own food,’ and I think it’s sad that the world
has come to this where, you know, the police that are trying to do good for society and
follow the laws are in some ways not following the laws because they will lie and do what
they need to do to get in your house to see what they’re not supposed to see or whatever,
and she felt compelled to let them in because she wanted to prove that we don’t have anything
illegal here, which, I mean, I’m just growing food and I grow no medicinal herb or anything
like that, but I guess, I mean, it is kind of weird that who would use $200 grow lights
to grow some vegetables? I mean, they just don’t understand how really important it is
to eat high quality food because, you know, obviously by the sizes of some of them, because,
you know, she was telling me some of them were like overweight and probably ate too
many donuts, something like that, or fast food and stuff, and, you know, I encourage
everybody, whether they’re a police officer or not, to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits
and vegetables and minimize the processed foods and I know they’re probably quite busy
with their jobs and maybe don’t have long breaks and they just go through the drive
through a lot of the time, but nonetheless, it’s really important to me the quality of
the food I eat because the quality of the food I eat is me, and, you know, the other
thing is that for many of you guys that don’t know is that I almost lost my life when I
was younger. In my 20’s I was hospitalized with spinal meningitis, and the doctors told
me I might not make it out alive, and then basically after I got out of that situation
one of the things I discovered was the, you know, the reason why I ended up in the hospital
was being the food I ate, you know, the processed food, the junk food, really depressed my immune
system, I got sick and I might not make it out of there. So, you know, people don’t understand
how powerful the food is. I mean, what you put into your body is what you become and
I want to out the best stuff in my body and I truly think that, you know, by buying some
groceries or buying the rock dust minerals, even if they’re hard to find, by buying high
quality compost and buying the beneficial microbes and putting them in your soil, you’re
going to have the best food on earth, and you cant put a price on that because you cannot
put a price on your health and, I don’t know, it’s probably like weird because most people
do not do this and their just kind of freaked out with how different the house was with
a whole bunch of fruits and vegetables and a garden and a grow room in the bathroom growing
vegetables to eat and plant out so I could continue to eat more food and spread some
of these rare and unique varieties out to people. Another thing I want to just touch
on real quick is that there was 5 guys that came into my house with my friend that’s living
with me while she was here alone, and so I don’t know what the hell they were pawing
through and I just don’t think that’s right. She couldn’t keep tabs on each and every one
and what they’re all doing nut they’re probably just like going through all my stuff. I mean,
I just don’t think that’s right. I kind of feel violated. Now that I was like raped or
anything but it’s just like, I don’t know, I just don’t think it should have happened
like that. So, what I’m going to do now is just share some tips with you that I’ve learned
and, you know, once again I’m not a medical doctor, I don’t play one on TV, I’m not a
lawyer or anything like that, so, you know, take this with a grain of salt, but basically
what you want o do if you have any challenges with the police officers, whether they’re
wanting to search you or come into your home. I mean, your home as like the highest level
of protection under the bill of rights and, you know, there’s laws for a reason, and,
you know, I’m glad to be an American that there are these right because unfortunately
in some countries around the world, you don’t have any rights, and so I want you guys as
Americans to exercise your rights because if you do not exercise your rights, they’ll
be taken form you. If the cops come to you and say, ‘hey, can we look around,’ and you
say yes, guess what? You just consented and if you consented and they find something wrong,
then you’re going to have to deal with the consequences, but even if you’re, you know,
innocent, like in this situation, I was not rowing any illegal drugs, you know, I’m not
going to consent because I’m exerting my rights because that’s my right as a citizen regardless
if I’m, you know, in the wrong or not. So, the one thing you need to say to police officers
when they say, ‘het, can we come in?’ just let them know, ‘I do not consent to any searches,’
whether it’s the house or the body. Now, in some cases they have do and they can legally
search you, but let them know that you do not consent to any searches, In addition,
if I was here, I would have my camera on that is full time and, you know, you guys really
get a good episode out of it actually to show what can happen. Another thing that you want
to remember is that once you do open the door and start talking to them, you know, you want
to step outside. You do not want to leave the door open, you don’t want to let them
come in, you want to step outside to them or lie, you know, I have that gate on my front
door, I’m just going to leave that gate closed and have my door open so I can stills e them
and talk to them but not invite them in by any means, you know, ’cause I just don’t want
unknown people going through my house. I don’t care if it’s the police, I don’t care if they’re
the president. I just don’t want unknown people going thorough my house, you know. If I want
to invite you in, that’s my thing. It’s like vampires. I think there’s like movie where
they say, ‘don’t invite a vampire into your door because then’ you know, ‘he’s got free
reign,’ or some shit. Yea, don’t invite the police in your house, you know. Even if you
don’t have anything to hide, you know, just because you’re, we got to keep our rights,
man, and every day it happens to thousands of people a day that people give their consent,
you know, and then they’re not exerting their rights as an American and that just kind of
bothers me. So, the next question is, you know, ask them and, you know, talk to them
and then they ask to search say, ‘I do not consent to any searches,’ and then once you’re
talking to them, you know, you have no obligation o continue to be questioned and harangued
by the police if they don’t have probably cause or whatever like that. So, you could
ask them, you know, ‘am I being detained? Am I free to go?’ and that let’s them know,
you know, this is, you’re not accepting their questioning and you don’t want to be here
because I got better things to do. I got to edit a video for you guys, put up a video
every couple days, you know I can’t be sitting there wasting my time with police officers
when I have nothing to hide and I’m not doing anything wrong. So, just ask them that question
and, you know, hopefully they’ll let you go. Sometimes they may not, and then if you’re
not free to go, then that means they’re probably arresting you, which then you got some further
issues and, you know, despite using these techniques or not, they still might give you
a hassle, so it’s very good to, I’d say, take video of what’s going on so that in case later
you need to prove something that’s what happened, you can or at least minimally take detailed
notes and have witnesses of what’s going on if you’re, you know, rights are being violated.
Finally, another thing you can do is, you know, if they’re asking you a lot of question
and you don’t want to answer then you don’t have to answer any questions that the police,
you know, give you. You can simply say, ‘I have nothing to say until I speak with my
lawyers,’ because, I mean, you know, we are all, you know, allowed a lawyer because we
can’t, you know, we can’t be self incriminating. I mean, these are things that we all learned
in grade school, well a lot of us have probably since forgotten, and only does it come up
to the forefront when there’s a situation like this, and I’m glad this situation came
up with me so that I could share with you to let your guys know these little 3 tips,
you know, I don’t not consent to any searches, am I being detained, am I free to go, I have
nothing to say until I speak to my lawyers. That way, hopefully, you can get some of the
heat off you, and the police will know that you know your rights, and that’s what all
this videos about. I want you guys to know your rights, especially when, you now, I the
future growing food according to some people if you’re a conspiracy person thing, it could
become illegal and, you know, food could be, you know, illegal to grow one of these days
and it certainly is in some cities and town that pass ordinances that you can’t grow food
in your front yard but, you know, if that happens to you I definitely say that you should
move and live somewhere else where you can grow food. I just don’t think that’s right.
You should also work to get laws changed in your cities and many cities have been changing
laws. I mean, in the episode down in Santa Monica where they actively promote people
to grow food in their lawns because, in my opinion, lawns are just a waste of space.
So, you know, hopefully after watching this video you’ll learn from what happened to me
an turn around. If you do have expensive growlites, whether you’re growing medicinal herbs or
jut tree collards like I am, you know, make it so people can’t see from the outside. I
mean, if I was growing medicinal herbs and stuff, I mean, I could get some fans, I could
get high powered charcoal filter, there’s a whole bunch of things that you could do
to keep people out of your business if you don’t want them there, and, you know, I just,
you know, and this whole thing is about exerting your rights and having the freedom to do what
you want to do. Of course, I do not actually encourage anybody to do anything illegal.
Of all the tips and techniques, of course I show in all my videos to show you guys how
to grow your own food, you could use on any crop, whether it’s medicinal herbs, you know,
edibles, nonedible, perennials, annuals, you know, whatever it is, all the techniques I’ve
used on the microbes, beneficial fungi and, you know, compost and rock dust, they’ll work
on any plants and I always encourage you guys to enrich the soil wherever you live because,
I mean that’s what it’s all about. It’s about enriching the soil to hopefully enrich the
plants to hopefully enrich the people that are eating the plants that the world will
be a brighter place one person at a time. So, you know, I’m kind of down about this
but, you know, after this video, I’m just going to get it out of me and, you know, give
this as a learning lesson to you guys to, you know, hopefully you guys don’t get accosted
or, you know, searched, you know, like I did at my house here. So, hopefully you guys enjoyed
this episode learning more about this stuff here today and I’ll have anew episode for
you here in a couple days about how to grow more food at home. Once again, my name is
John Kohler with growingyourgreenscom. We’ll see you next time, and remember; keep on growing.