BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - The current drought is the worst in half a century and is not only affecting traditional farmers across the Midwest, but marijuana growers as well.
Every year the Ohio Attorney General's Office spearheads a state-wide marijuana eradication effort, this week the operation focused on Butler County. Using spotters from the air, ground crews are guided to areas where marijuana plants are observed to be growing. However, Butler County Sheriff's office has reported that the size and amount of plants confiscated this year, is considerably lower than in previous eradication efforts.
"I guess the current drought we are experiencing is not just hurting our legitimate, hard-working farmers, but seems to be also taking its toll on the poor drug dealers too. What a shame," said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones