Here in Kentucky, in which Hemp used to be a major cash crop we have had forays into getting it legalized for years. Gatewood Galbraith ran for Governor on the platform. Willie Nelson spent much time here helping. We have had Woodie Harrelson getting to the point of getting arrested for planting hemp in order to draw attention to the issue.
The reasoning that law enforcement gives is that when they do their helicopter flyovers, which feature filtered cameras which make pot plants pop out of other foliage, they can't see that if there would happen to be big ol fields of hemp growing in the same area. So the whine is that some nefarious soul would plant 50 rows of hemp and intersperse 3 or 4 rows of pot in between and nobody could spot it. So it has stalled. As has the economy.
There is no reason pot should not be legal, and treated the same as tobacco, beer and alcohol. Kentucky can surely lead the way in this as we are already the leader in several categories and some would say in pot too.
Not to get on your case in particular, but that's pretty much a myth that has been repeated for 40 years. IMO L.E.O.'s perpetrate the myth in a vain effort to suppress amateur pot farming. The result of which leaves it to pros who might kill you if you stumble across their farm.
The chromatic differences between Cannabis and surrounding veg are insufficient for species-discrimination. Very few, very very few plants can be identified to species using any remote sensing methodology known to man. Marijuana is not one of them.
What people actually look for in aerial imagery (of any source or platform) is farming, debris, and traffic evidence in areas where it should not be. Somebody trained in concealment and with careful attention to detail can avoid remote sensing detection.
People, don't plant your pot in regular rows in a national forest. Don't drive your ATV out there weekly to check on your crop. Don't leave those handy milk jugs laying around. I know they were wonderful for carrying water and liquid fertilizer. But they show-up like a flare in infrared. Bust me, please!
Don't brag to your buddies about your great adventure in sticking to the man.
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