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The New Weed

11/15/2013 10:04:00 AM

Tags: Weed Commissioner, Marijuana, Hemp, Rope, Robert M. Pyle, Mary Conley

Dear reader, the fun never ends! I was looking out our sliding glass door one morning while having a cup of coffee, and noticed some tall, ugly weeds across our lane. Larry had only recently cleared that area of thistles. How did those weeds get tall and bushy so quickly?

Not long after, we received a message on our city phone from a man who we had requested to take a look at our well pump. He said that he found our pump “down in that marijuana patch.” So that is what those ugly weeds are! Well, maybe we just found our cash crop!

I remembered the weed commissioner laughing on the phone a while back, after giving me a list of common noxious weeds we might have on our farm. (I think we have them all!) He told me, interestingly, marijuana isn’t on the list because Nebraska used to be a great rope producing state. Some people call it hemp, and the neighbors tell us it is of poor quality.

Larry with marijuana plant

Larry posing while chopping off a marijuana plant.

One weekend when we had a burn pile going, Larry tossed in some of the large marijuana weeds from nearby. When our son, Perry, who was helping us that weekend, realized what he had been inhaling, he started getting upset about it. I couldn’t figure out what the big deal was about smelling a little marijuana, but he explained he was concerned about his job. He teaches high school reading at Boys Town in Omaha and is subject to random drug testing. He worried he might fail!

For us, marijuana is just an invasive weed that we have to keep mowing off and whacking out of the fence rows. It reminds me of a quote by Robert M. Pyle. “But make no mistake: the weeds will win; nature bats last.”



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jagchaser
11/26/2013 8:07:57 AM
We had all of those issues too when we got started this spring. After the summer of chickens and turkeys browsing they took care of all the weeds! The only things they wouldn't touch were the cockleburs. Not sure what we can do about that because the neighbors pasture is full of them right across the fence. Side note.....doves love wild marijuana patches, they cant get enough of the seeds in the fall.

MissEditress
11/19/2013 10:21:30 PM
I wonder if the abundance of marijuana had anything to do with the previous owners... Is that why the place was such a mess? ;) Marijuana... who woulda thunk? =)

ASantarelli
11/19/2013 12:18:19 PM
At least it doesn't have stickers, like thistles!

Mary
11/19/2013 7:25:38 AM
Hi, BJA and Dave, I think I should have put under the title - A continuation of the first year on the farm as you may have thought it recently happened. If so, I'm sorry. I'm new at this! It is still a funny story, we think! Dave, we have nettles, too, and too much land to keep them down. BJA, I have also heard that about poppy seeds. Weird, isn't it? I wouldn't know a poppy seed plant if I saw it! Thanks for reading, folks, and I'll try to be more clear next time!

BJA
11/18/2013 9:31:24 PM
Very interesting story! I would not know either! Seems like the younger generation recognizes the odor also because they smelled it often in high school restrooms. Sad! Hope Perry does not have any negative consequences. I have heard of a guy who spontaneously faces employment-related drug testing who will not even eat poppy seed muffins. Guess poppy seeds can show up as drugs too. Did you find any poppy plants among your weeds? Guess us city slickers have a lot to learn. Love your stories! Thanks!

NebraskaDave
11/18/2013 5:24:57 PM
Mary, weeds are relentless aren't they. Without constant attention to weed control they will take over. I haven't found the Marijuana on Terra Nova Gardens but every other kind of weed seems to want to grow there. The greatest quantity of weeds were the nettles. The wild grape vines have proven to be a challenge to irradiate. There's some other weeds that I haven't identified yet. Deep mulch seems to be keeping them under control. I hope and pray that your son doesn't get tested for a while. ***** Have a great Hemp weed day.



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