What Plants Are Mistaken for Marijuana?

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If you are concerned that marijuana is being cultivated in your area, you should know that several types of plants are commonly mistaken for marijuana plants.

Facts

  • Typically, marijuana plants have slender leaflets of five to seven individual leaves and can be many shades of green with small flowering white or yellow buds and a pungent odor.

Japanese Dwarf Shrub

  • These small leafy shrubs have star-form leaflets with pointed tips mirroring those seen on marijuana plants.

Leaflets

  • Water hemp, Cinquefoils and Coral Plants each have the characteristic pointed tip leaflets and similar slender stalks also seen in marijuana plants.

Poisonous

  • Texas Buckeye also has pointed leaflets and blossom flowering white buds. But this plant is poisonous and does not produce cannabis.

Considerations

  • Marijuana is illegal in the United States, except in some states for approved medical uses. If you suspect marijuana plants are being cultivated in your area, contact local law enforcement.

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  • Photo Credit "SKJ Marihuana" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: r0bz (Fotoblog Rare) under the Creative Commons Attribution license. "YIPPPEEEEEE......rain" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Niffty.. (Neal Fowler) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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