Drought Puts A Damper On Kentucky's Marijuana Crop

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say a drought
has caused a sharp decrease in marijuana production this year.
The drought has left plants that should be 10 feet tall so puny
that Sheriff Garrett Roberts and his deputies in eastern Kentucky's
Lawrence County simply pull them up.
State police Lieutenant Ed Shemelya is head of Kentucky's
marijuana-eradication program. He says the weather has been the
growers' worst nightmare this year.
State police say they've confiscated nearly 190,000 fewer plants
than they did last year. And the ones they have collected yielded
only about half the usual amount of the buds that growers sell as
DEA agent Tony King says he expects the price of the drug to
increase since the supply has decreased.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ranked Kentucky second
last year behind California in the number of illegal marijuana
plants eradicated.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 10, 2007 at 12:34 PM
    Might not get the whole country out of debt, but it would certainly be a cash cow for Kentucky!
  • by wayne Location: jackson co. on Sep 10, 2007 at 12:00 PM
    legalize it, get this country out of debt, instead of spending millions every year trying to find it and cut it down, if the smokers are gonna smoke it, they'll get it one way or another...whens this country gonna learn there never gonna get rid of it all...and when they do catch the growers, who's payin for the growers room and board while there in jail?..."AGAIN",-"US THE TAX PAYERS". think about it!!
  • by ben Location: lex on Sep 10, 2007 at 10:48 AM
    Saddest news I've read all year....
  • by concerned Location: R.R.G. on Sep 10, 2007 at 07:55 AM
    LOL... Fred you better watch out you will have all kinds looking through your hydroponics greenhouse... LMAO.... To Chuck alot of those growers also grow gardens lol have you ever been to the mountains? Most of them grow for their own supply right in with the corn lmao ! The drug that needs to be really looked at and have the high concern of citizens and law inforcement as well is Meth, crack, and all the pills that the so called doctors just hand out on a daily basis. Just like Oxycotin it was made for terminally ill patients when it first hit the market now you have doctors prescribing it for every ache and pain... Give me a break! No wonder we have all these drug heads it is the so called doctors that get the habit started!
  • by cheech Location: EKY on Sep 9, 2007 at 07:41 AM
    doesn't lower plant numbers mean suppression is working?
  • by david Location: somerset on Sep 8, 2007 at 05:22 AM
    more and more growers are moving to meth and leaving marijuana alone, faster profit for them.marijuana will be out of style before long,lol probably not,i was kidding myself .
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Sep 7, 2007 at 09:34 PM
    Oh, what a pity!! Maybe our drug raising outlaws could begin growing something constructive, like fruits and veggies that REALLY benefit our kids! Poor saps!
  • by daniel Location: wellington on Sep 7, 2007 at 06:24 PM
    it is going to be a bad year for all you good citizens
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 7, 2007 at 04:16 PM
    Hasn't affected my hydroponics one bit!
  • by glenn Location: lexington on Sep 7, 2007 at 01:56 PM
    Unintended consequences - This is why we are seeing so many robberies, home invasions, etc. The income from supplying marijuans has dropped to near zero for the locals.


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