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    Marijuana Farmer in Oregon Busted Through Google Earth

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    A medical marijuana caregiver in Oregon was caught growing more than his legal allotment of plants after authorities used Google Earth satellite images to investigate his property.

    A medical marijuana caregiver in Oregon was caught growing more than his legal allotment of plants after authorities used Google Earth satellite images to investigate his property.



    Even though the satellite images are rarely updated, local police were still able to scope out the rows of plants that they suspected to be marijuana.



    The land owner was reportedly bragging to people about how much marijuana he was growing, and someone told the authorities.



    Medical marijuana is legal in Oregon, but there are stipulations that dictate how many plants a caregiver can grow depending on how many patients they are providing for.



    Police seized 94 plants from the property in Grant’s Pass, Oregon, and the caregiver was only legally allowed to grow around 30 plants for his six patients.



    Google Earth has been used before to catch illegal marijuana growing operations, like in 2006 when a farmer in Wisconsin was busted for growing marijuana plants in a cornfield, and in 2009, authorities in Switzerland seized over a ton of marijuana using the computer satellite images.



    What do you think about the police using Google Earth to investigate marijuana growing operations?