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Remembering Ditch Weed

In a column for suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald, a writer reacts to cannabis legalization in his state with flashbacks of his childhood trying to harvest wild hemp with friends. Burt Constable, between bragging about his grandfather planting hemp during WWII, describes local “hippies” filling trash bags hoping to get high. I especially like his use of quote marks around “pot,” “bongs,” and “joints.”

The biggest concern for people smoking ditch weed today might not be the THC level but the ingesting of chemicals used in whatever toxic weed killers the plant sucked up.

Most sixth-graders with scythes have been replaced by Roundup.