Why Growing Marijuana Is Prevalent In Kentucky

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Kentucky continues to rank behind only California and Tennessee in production of the marijuana.

In fact, it's the number one cash crop of the state.

Is it the soil or the weather that makes Kentucky such a hotbed for marijuana production?

Agriculture Specialist, Mike Bullock says it none of that.

"A lot of people think maybe the soil or other conditions are right. No marijuana is a weed. It can grow anywhere, but people growing it here in Kentucky is for the money," notes Bullock.

However, there is one advantage... the mostly rural state, full of farmland... makes it easier for people to grow here.

"They can mix it in with the cornfields. In the eastern part of the state, there's a lot of hollers and hills to hide stuff in."

But the amount of large acres of the "green stuff" is starting to disappear.

"What we find now are much smaller plots of marijuana, maybe smaller plots with a few dozen plants," says Tommy Loving.

Loving, Director of the Bowling Green- Warren County Drug Task Force says many growers are trying to come up with new ways to hide the product as law enforcement gets tighter.

"In many cases, as we improve our methods, they work to improve theirs," Loving notes.

For example, in Hardin County just this week, over 3,000 plants were discovered that were being irrigated using a "gas powered pump".

Bullock says growers are getting more high-tech when it comes to harvesting.

But for the most part its remained the same formula as when marijuana first started being grown in the Commonwealth.

"Most people in Kentucky still do it traditionally, just like they do the tobacco. A lot of it is hand-harvested and fertilized the old 'traditional' way."

Bullock says marijuana first came to the Bluegrass during the 1940's, when it was grown along with hemp to be used to make rope for World War II.

After the war ended, harvesting the plant became a larger business for many more in the state.

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