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Union County Farm Raided for Marijuana Operation

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    Large pot farm raided in Union County

    14 August 2013

    Written by MARYSVILLE JOURNAL-TRIBUNE STAFF

    UNION COUNTY — An estimated $560,000 in marijuana was seized Tuesday evening in a joint investigation led by local law enforcement agencies.

    Law enforcement officers reportedly executed the search warrant at 14950 Fladt Road, which matches the address of Wayward Seed Farms, a Marysville-based organic farm.

    READ MORE: http://www.examiner.org/news/26740-large-pot-farm-raided-in-union-county

    #548414

    columbusfoodie
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    Yes, quite shocking. And I hope everyone will reserve judgment until the truth is sorted out and made public. They’ve both always been totally friendly to me (have been buying from them at local farmers markets for years, and this year I signed up for their CSA. I do have to selfishly say that I’m worried about the CSA investment I made this year (no communication on that yet from either Adam or Jaime), but really, that’s the least of my worries – considering how much in lawyers fees it will cost to defend the charges, hopefully that financial burden won’t kill the farm altogether.

    #548415

    joev
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    Wow – that’s so disappointing!

    #548416

    TaraK
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    Whoa! That’s disappointing.

    Though it didn’t take me long to think, “So was that an alternative CSA option?”

    #548417

    joev
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    Wayward’s response.[/url]

    #548418
    pmgal
    pmgal
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    Wayward Farm has tweeted:

    A note from Wayward Seed Farm…

    #548419

    roy
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    Why the disappointment and shock? It’s weed, it grows like crabgrass, it’s harmless and legal in some states. Cannabis isn’t a big deal, it’s like they brewed some beer during Prohibition, big freaking deal.

    Another AP news story published today underscores the alarming waste of Ohio law enforcement resources, while ours are busting little growers Seattle police are handing out bags of Doritos.

    Cops dealing Doritos at post-legalization Hempfest http://apnews.myway.com/article/20130815/DA8680VG0.html

    #548420
    Coremodels
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    roy said:
    Why the disappointment and shock?

    Yeah, I always kind of assumed there would be a fairly large demographic crossover between CSA purchasers and marijuana advocates anyway! ;)

    #548421
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    roy said:
    …it’s like they brewed some beer during Prohibition, big freaking deal.

    From what I’ve read so far, it sounds like the 500+ plants were grown elsewhere and transported there. And that the value was around a half million dollars. That’s not just growing a little weed… that’s a minor logistics hub.

    Anyway, I could personally care less about whether or not people want to grow/smoke weed. I think the shock and disappointment comes from the fact that this could shut down their business, which I don’t think anyone wants to see happen. Hopefully it gets sorted out quickly.

    #548423
    rus
    rus
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    Coremodels said:
    Yeah, I always kind of assumed there would be a fairly large demographic crossover between CSA purchasers and marijuana advocates anyway! ;)

    #548424
    ColumbusTime
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    I don’t partake and don’t know current prices, but I want to see the calculation of the half a million dollar value. In huge busts it always seems there is a desire to have a high dollar amount and round up on weights.

    #548425

    Alex Silbajoris
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    ColumbusTime said:
    I don’t partake and don’t know current prices, but I want to see the calculation of the half a million dollar value. In huge busts it always seems there is a desire to have a high dollar amount and round up on weights.

    I wonder about that, too. If they find 100 knee-high plants, do they place the value at just that, or do they extrapolate to what that number of plants would be worth, if full-grown?

    I would guess they go for the highest numbers they can get away with.

    #548426

    groundrules
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    alexs said:
    I wonder about that, too. If they find 100 knee-high plants, do they place the value at just that, or do they extrapolate to what that number of plants would be worth, if full-grown?

    I would guess they go for the highest numbers they can get away with.

    “At maturity, the estimated value of the plants seized would be approximately $560,000,”

    #548427

    columbusfoodie
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    roy said:
    Why the disappointment and shock? It’s weed, it grows like crabgrass, it’s harmless and legal in some states. Cannabis isn’t a big deal, it’s like they brewed some beer during Prohibition, big freaking deal.

    Another AP news story published today underscores the alarming waste of Ohio law enforcement resources, while ours are busting little growers Seattle police are handing out bags of Doritos.

    Cops dealing Doritos at post-legalization Hempfest http://apnews.myway.com/article/20130815/DA8680VG0.html

    Shocked moreso about how it all went down, not that someone may be growing pot (FWIW, I’m extremely pro-pot, so I wouldn’t have a problem with it even if it turns out that the story is true – hell, I’d probably even join a pot CSA if they ever get around to legalizing it in this bass-ackwards state.

    Their follow up post on their blog cleared up any questions I had (mainly about the CSA), and they have my support in this 100%. It totally sucks that they sprung this whole thing on her right in the middle of Dublin Farmers Market. I imagine it was a devastating blow – on top of all the personal upheaval that went on in her life in the past couple of years (per the Dispatch article), now she has this to deal with.

    I, for one, will continue buying their produce and subscribe to their CSA as long as they continue to run it. I hope everyone else will do the same, considering the legal bills they likely have to look forward to, the least we could do is keep buying their great stuff.

    #548428

    lifeontwowheels
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    Coremodels said:
    Yeah, I always kind of assumed there would be a fairly large demographic crossover between CSA purchasers and marijuana advocates anyway! ;)

    New product line for Pattycake…

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