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For now, a great many Americans are still dealing with the outdated, archaic prohibition of hemp and marijuana that is plaguing our nation.

And no, I’m not advocating for the use of the drug by each and every American, but I will vociferously support the idea that the plant should be legal, if for no other reason than the fact that America is uniquely suited to cash in on the global trend toward its use.  We are a nation of entrepreneurs and agriculturalists, and there is no cash crop quite as worth it as marijuana.

Want to talk about trade deficits?  Canada, who recently legalized marijuana has a much shorter growing season than we do in the United States, meaning that we could be supplying Canada’s cannabis connoisseurs through the long, cold winters in Quebec and Saskatoon.

Unfortunately, for the time being, this sort of prosperity is but a pipe dream, forcing thousands of Americans to skirt the law in order to provide the plant to its users.  And, given the widespread use of the plant, some hilarious headlines are certain to be conjured up fairly regularly.

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Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner posted details to social media Monday of the 10,000-plant grow op found across five acres in the southern part of the county. The operation showed plants in various degrees of cultivation and harvesting before a county-run bulldozer cleared them away from an area near a rest stop on I-45 near Richland. Acting on a tip, the agency had the area under surveillance from a drone for several days prior to the bust.

“This was a fairly sophisticated operation with camps sites, portable generators, water pumps as well as placing a fully dressed figure lying in a hammock appearing to be armed, holding an assault type rifle appearing to provide security for the location,” said Tanner, whose office patrols the unincorporated areas of Navarro County, located about an hour outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

That’s right…an armed scarecrow.


The only concern here is whether or not any of our buzzed botanists ever found themselves spooked, Scooby Doo-style, by their own stoic sentry.


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