Too Hot For Pot

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 10:57am

Heatwave and drought are taking a toll on marijuana crops.

Marijuana is big business in Oklahoma.

"We average about $1,500 a plant. That's the potential street value," says Mark Woodward of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

This summer the OBN has an extra weapon in the war on drugs: Mother Nature.

The extreme heat and drought has helped make marijuana crops a bust.

"The plants are dying. What plants we are finding are in very bad shape," Woodward says.

In order for crops to survive it's going to take a dedicated pot farmer, which believe it or not, can be a good thing.

"In a traditional summer, they might come out to their patch every once a week or once every two weeks. With this extreme heat that we've had this summer, if they want these plants to survive, they're gonna have to literally be out there almost everyday. And that's gonna increase our chances of catching them," Woodward explains.

As the sun beats down with no rain in the forecast, OBN is saving money.

Fewer crops mean fewer man hours for agents, fewer arrests and less money for prosecuting and incarcerating the offenders.
 

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