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Summer Presents Marijuana Challenges for KSP

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Teams from Kentucky State Police and the National Guard have spent the summer trying to rid the state of an illegal crop.  

Trooper Corey King says teams fly over the commonwealth each summer looking for marijuana. 

"We're looking for those cultivating marijuana small-scale like out in the gardens to the large scale in the quantities of thousands that's out either in a rural spots or out in the cornfields," said King.

Once spotted from the air, ground crews will go in and destroy the marijuana.  Most of it is grown in eastern Kentucky, allowing cultivators to conceal the weed in extremely remote areas.

Trooper King says more and more growers are moving their operations indoors which allows cultivation year-round and results in better prices. 

"With indoors, you get generally year-round service with that, but also your plant yields about a thousand dollars more per plant grown indoors in a controlled environment," said King. "Typically your plant is more robust, hardy and it weighs a little bit more."

King says while marijuana remains one of Kentucky's top cash crops, there's been an increase in the amount of weed being imported. 

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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