Neighborly Illegal Activity Dilemma

Just over the fence
Just over the fence

Not more than 20 ft. from our house, across the lawn and over the fence that separates our house from our neighbor's house, is a good size crop of marijuana. The plants have been there all summer and harvest must be close as they are reaching 5-6 ft. tall and budding. The area is probably 7ft wide x 15 ft of tightly packed marijuana.

I seriously doubt if this is for only personal use, which is my dilemma. The couple is in their 60's, and have two 20ish old sons, which I suspect are growing it on their parents land. Every so often, the aroma is carried by the wind. The parents are fully aware and condone the marijuana growing.

I usually do not care about these things but the crop size is alarming. Marijuana probably should be legalized, at least, in small personal amounts. Of course, are they growing it for personal use or sale? Does it make a difference? Because of the location of the crop, only two neighbors can see the crop, so if I reported on the hotline, I am sure they would suspect us. Up to now, I have said nothing.

Should I report it? When should a neighbor report another neighbor for questionable activity? Would I feel better if I had reported a domestic abuse versus drug activity? What is the difference?

What would you do?

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Jayfort 4 years ago

Currently, it is illegal. Allowing them to continue to grow it would, in part, be complicity. Personally, I'd report them.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

yeah, but...repercussions later....


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perrya 4 years ago Author

after further inquiries, sonoma county allows for qualified patients to grow up to 30 plants within 100 sq. ft. of their property, and may have not more than 3 lbs per year for qualified patients with a doctor's authorization. So, the question rests on are these 63-67 yr olds qualified or are they simply allowing their sons to grow it for sale.


Juan 4 years ago

I think you should kill the family, harvest the marijuana, and sell it for some extra cash.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

oh, juan............


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

This is a difficult decision. What about sharing with other neighbors to make a decision.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

I did send the local police an email to verify what is allowed in sonoma county and did mention (without details) our neighbor...waiting to see how they respond.


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manthy 4 years ago from Alabama,USA

I would mind my own business.


Kyle 4 years ago

Manthy is obviously a pothead and probably an Obama supporter.


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belleart 4 years ago from Ireland

personally, I think they're not harming anybody or doing something that is dangerous. So in my mind it's their business what they do with their back garden. If they were making meth or something and selling it from the house- I think I'd have a problem but otherwise-who are they hurting?! another thing to think about-maybe its the older couple growing it. Dont be so surprised if it is, it's not just 20-somethings that do it.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

yes, recall back in the 30's when there was alcohol prohibition, that seems so silly to me, MJ is not much different.Plus, the ramifications of getting busted might be worse, still....on the fence about this.


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aethelthryth 4 years ago from American Southwest

I would report it.

I would also report my neighbors whose yuccas keep me from being able to walk down the sidewalk, except I always forget by the time I get near a phone. If I were my neighbors, I would also report me for frequently having weeds above the 8-inch limit.

The result would be us all having neater yards and a friendlier community. It might also result in us having less time to do things we want to like write HubPage articles, but if that is a serious problem, then we should change the laws rather than collectively ignore them.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

do the yuccas actually block passage or u simply need to walk around?


Paul 4 years ago

Are they Mexicans? If they are, I would definitely report them. Be careful though, you don't want to get shanked. Good luck perrya.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

No, just everyday couple, probably hippies back in the 60's.


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Kyledude 4 years ago

I would probably leave them alone, but what are you going to tell the cops is they do discover this and interview you. Sounds like a pretty good stash.


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aethelthryth 4 years ago from American Southwest

The yuccas cause my small children to have to walk out into the street to get around them.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S.

They are still breaking the law even though only you and your neighbor are the only ones to see it being committed.


Juan 4 years ago

Did you kill the family and get the product yet? My cousin is near you and can help you unload it. Let me know ok.


Juan 3 years ago

You smoked it all, didn't you? Greedy bastard.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Nope, it was harvested. The police knew about it and were not interested.


Mark 3 years ago

The police just ignored it? Here in Texas, things would have been much different. Not saying that's a good or bad thing, just definitely much different.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Yes, a neighbor did report them but they had a medical permit.

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