Wild Weed on Courthouse Lawn Eliminated


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- After reporters pointed out that wild marijuana, commonly called ditch weed, was growing on the lawn at the federal courthouse in Sioux Falls, the greenery was eliminated.

City officials and a developer said seeds in dirt brought in for construction must have sprouted.

KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls had it tested to be sure it was ditch weed and brought it to the attention of federal officials last week. None wanted to comment.

Low-grade, wild marijuana was initially grown as hemp to make rope in World War II. But it contains a small amount of the ingredient that makes marijuana smokers high. Congress made it illegal in 1970 to grow any form of the marijuana plant.

Details here from the AP. (via How Appealing)