Americans Grow Cannabis to Beat the Recession
We love our weed :)
by Ed Pilkington in New York
Some people cancel holidays abroad, others stage yard sales or start shopping at low-cost supermarkets. To that list must now be added a new way to get through economic hard times: grow cannabis.
Law enforcers on the west coast of the US and in the middle states straddled by the foothills of the Appalachian mountains are reporting a common trend. It is boom time for marijuana cultivation, and much of the incentive they say is to beat the recession.
So far this year, police in parts of the country where cannabis is traditionally grown have chopped down plants with a street value of $12bn. The core growing area is in California, Washington and Oregon to the west, but the Appalachian states of Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia are also witnessing an explosion.
Ed Shemelya, who leads the marijuana eradication programme in the Appalachia region, says a new type of grower is emerging wholly different to the family cartels that have cultivated the drug for generations. "We are seeing a lot more individuals who wouldn't normally be growing marijuana. They are not your professionals."
Shemelya puts it down to the dire economy in this part of America. The region is almost entirely dependant for jobs on coal mining, which has suffered severely from the recession.
"People are growing marijuana to supplement their income or support themselves in poor economic times. This is about economic necessity," he said.
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of pot plantations. In Appalachia it is a little more covert but it's quite the only way for many to make a living when the coal mines are laying off. Such is life, I sure wasn't complaining ;)
WoW! Finally the truth is being published.
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Don't tell me that no one ever inhale by accident?
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btw how "high" is the economy now ,,lol
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