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August 3, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
Wow, did I ever hear a lot of comments about last week's column dealing with a marijuana/hemp plant winning first place in the tallest 'weed' catagory at the Faribualt County Fair. Most people who said something about it to me added a bit of information of their own. Sometimes it had to do with the fact that they had the hemp plants in their farmyard, and how tough it was to get rid of them. They spray like crazy and they still come back. One person commented on how fast they grow. They can be a foot or two tall, and before you hardly notice it they have grown to six or more feet tall. The funniest story had to do with one farm wife telling me about having having some young farm hands working for them a number of years ago. One of them came to her all wide-eyed and said, "Did you know you have some marijuana growing out behind the shed?" As a joke she answered him by saying, "Yes I do, and its mine so keep your hands off of it." His eyes got even wider, before she finally started to laugh. Several people commented on the information of growing hemp as a cash crop in the 1930s. They had no idea it had been done, and that it had been such a scam. Others, however, told me that I had not gotten all of the story. They said the hemp growing returned in the 1940s and into the early 50s in the county. There was even a hemp processing plant in both Wells and Fairmont, I was told. That is the reason the stuff is so prevalent in fields, ditches and farmyards all over the area, they say. Of course, there might still be some cultivation of the weed somewhere. But mostly here it is a weed and has to be eradicated with herbicide. As a final note, I drove through the fairgrounds late on Sunday night when the fair was all over and some folks were busy cleaning up and shutting down. The marijuana/hemp plant pictured in last week's Register was leaning ignominously against a dumpster, ready to be hauled away to a landfill. I guess the person who entered it in the fair didn't want it back.


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