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Old 09-09-2009, 09:00 AM
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Wink Army Accidentally Grows Pot In Colo.

The Army has made an unusual and unwanted discovery at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal northeast of Commerce City. The Army is in charge of cleaning up the arsenal. Part of the cleanup includes reseeding some areas. When that seed started to grow, marijuana popped up.

It isn't commercial grade, but it's still an illegal drug. It's called ditch weed or feral hemp, the kind that grows in the wild in some places.

Charlie Scharmin with the U.S. Army is in charge of the cleanup. Needless to say, he was quite surprised when he was told marijuana was growing at the arsenal.

"Not something you expect in an environmental cleanup job," says Scharmin. "It was a little surprising."

Scharmin says they were finishing containment of two large contamination areas at the former chemical weapons production site. He says they layed down rock and clay then put vegetation on top. But it wasn't just any vegetation.

"The specification is that we acquire weed-free mulch from the supplier," explains Scharmin.

The Army blames the supplier for the snafu. It says it bought the mulch for its ground cover from a place in Kansas where the low-grade weed is common. Some of it apparently got mixed in with the grass.

The Army made the first discovery of hemp on the property in June. So far they've picked about 100 plants that Scharmin says are low-grade. He says they plan to mow, burn or maybe even have bison eat the rest.

"Fish and Wildlife Service does not seem to have any concern about having bison out there," Scharmin says.

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Great , a herd of stoned buffalo looking for food !
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The Savannah River Nuclear Plant has had pot growing around it for over 60 years. During WWII the Government tried growing hemp there to supplant rope cordage that they used to get from the Phillipines. The hemp was of inferior quality and could not be used for ropes, however all attempts to eradicate it have failed. It is a very poor grade of hemp and the flowering leaf tips contain very little THC so the stuff is useless to hop heads.
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