LONDON - In the home of bluegrass fields, be careful what weed you grow. State police have declared open season on marijuana in the Bluegrass and have asked citizens for their help in locating plants.
"We're getting ready to kick our season off next week," said Lt. Ed Shemely, commander of the cannabis suppression branch of the state police. It will run till June 17, and then eradication efforts will begin, said Shemely.
During the first weeks of May, the suppression team scouts out areas prime for growing the distinctive plants, including areas where marijuana has been found in the past.
Helicopters will be used to spot the cluster of plants in popular places like cornfields or between rows of hay.
"We're looking right now for locations they'll likely plant in May," said Shemely.
Distinctive green color is hard to miss
The distinctive green color is not easy to miss, after you've seen it once, said Trooper Dwaine Barnett. Many tips to the police hotline come from hunters who have wandered into patches of marijuana.