Drought takes toll on Kentucky marijuana crop

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Sheriff Garrett Roberts hasn't needed a
machete to cut any of the scrawny marijuana plants he has
confiscated this year.

A severe drought that has parched corn and soybean fields across the Southeast has also scorched marijuana crops, leaving plants that should be 10 feet tall so puny that Roberts and his deputies simply pull them up.

"The plants we've seen have been anywhere from 2 inches to 5 1/2 feet tall," said Roberts, chief law enforcer in eastern Kentucky's Lawrence County.

Kentucky, one of the nation's top producers of marijuana, has seen a sharp decrease in production of the illegal crop this year.

State police confiscated nearly 190,000 fewer plants between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31 than they did over the same period last year, and the ones they have collected yielded only about half the usual amount of the buds that growers sell as intoxicants.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ranked Kentucky second last year behind California in the number of plants eradicated. Kentucky State Police reported 488,502 plants, nearly $1 billion worth, confiscated between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31 last year. Over the same period this year, troopers have found and cut 299,220 plants.

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  • by Burt Location: KY on Sep 18, 2007 at 02:11 AM
    ROTFLMAO! This makes the news! I guess the price will be going up for all the pot heads!
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Sep 8, 2007 at 02:58 PM
    Only in Kentucky could I see the headline "Drought takes toll on Kentucky's marijuana crop". I understand that, technically, it's the state's #1 cash crop...but if it's that important that you need to report on it, maybe you should push to legalize it like they have in 9 other states.


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