Army "Accidentally" Grows Pot At Rocky Mt. Arsenal

By Phungushead · Sep 14, 2009 · ·
  1. Phungushead
    Army Accidentally Grows Pot At Rocky Mt. Arsenal

    U.S. Army officials at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal outside of Denver, Colo. discovered recently that the "weed-free" mulch they were using to re-seed ground cover was actually quite full of weed.

    The Army discovered it was inadvertently growing marijuana on the property in June. Since then, they have picked about 100 low-grade marijuana plants. Called "ditch weed" or "feral hemp," the plant grows wild in some places, including Kansas where the mulch supplier is located.

    The Rocky Mountain Arsenal was used by the Army as a chemical weapons manufacturing facility during World War II and the Cold War. As part of a clean-up effort, the Army had been reseeding in some areas. But when the seeds started to grow, they noticed they were reseeding the area with marijuana.

    Charlie Scharmin is in charge of the cleanup. He said he was quite surprised when he was told what was growing at the arsenal.
    "It's not something you expect in an environmental cleanup job," Scharmin told CBS News. "It was a little surprising."

    Scharmin says they plan to mow, burn or maybe even have bison who roam on the land eat the rest.

    "(The) Fish and Wildlife Service does not seem to have any concern about having bison out there (with the plant present)," Scharmin said.

    Published: Wed, September 09, 2009 - 2:58 pm CST

    CBS News

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  1. chinpokomaster
    Maybe they thought they were at the Edgewood Arsenal. :D
  2. xctico
    lucky bison... :p
  3. ninjaned
    why can't they let it grow? its just a plant... is the gov. gonna start eradicating all species of psychoactive plants?

    so now not only does the gov. tell humans what to eat, they tell bison what to eat as well? picture it, above the influence commercials for bison, deer, and other land mammals.
  4. xctico
    Lol, before you know it they're gonna start pushing the gateway drug theory on bisons too... showing commercials with a fucked up bison hooked on eating opium poppies after he was corrupted by the evil marijuana...
  5. ninjaned
    have you read the article about sheep getting into opium poppies in... new zealand i wanna say? not sure where, but its a supremely funny story.
  6. Rabid Jelly Bean
    They could try. It was in either Thailand or Malaysia they tried to eradicate Kratom which was indiginous to the area. It failed horribly.
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