Your tax dollars at work:From the The Norman Transcript
A call from a concerned farmer in southeast Norman led Cleveland County Sheriff's Department deputies and Norman police officers to a field of 8,889 "wild" marijuana plants growing on private property early Monday morning. The plants ranged in size from 3 feet to 9 feet tall and would have a street value of up to $1,000 each, or around $8 million total, if allowed to grow and be harvested in the coming months, said Captain Doug Blaine, of the Cleveland County Sheriff's Department.
Now Iâm not surprised about the plants. Feral hemp, also known as ditchweed, is indigenous to the region. The shocker here is that these officers, in a fit of unbelievable idiocy, actually attempted to place a street value on it. Ditchweed doesnât get you high! Itâs as worthless as the dirt it was yanked from.
And so it appears we may have stumbled upon the most absurd over-estimation of a marijuana cropâs value in the whole stupid history of bored police officers over-estimating the value of marijuana crops.
But you canât fault the âconcerned farmerâ who called it in. With Captain Doug Blaine calling the shots, Iâd kill every plant in my yard just to be on the safe side.
Yet despite its abundance of ill-informed sensationalism, this article ironically fails to mention the real danger posed by the feral hemp plant. Any commercial marijuana growing in proximity to such a sizable crop of ditchweed stands a strong chance of becoming pollinated by its impotent cousin. The result would be hybridized marijuana of extremely poor quality.
Thankfully, marijuana enthusiasts and bored Oklahoma police can agree on one thing: the ditchweedâs gotta go.