‘Ditch weed’ found growing along Johnston road
A police officer spotted wild marijuana plants growing along a Johnston roadway, prompting police to ask public works to mow it down.
Johnston Police Chief Bill Vaughn confirmed that an officer found what he referred to as “ditch weed” growing along the road Tuesday around 2 p.m.
The patch was just outside a construction company in the 5000 block of Northwest Beaver Drive. The city’s public works department was called in to mow down the plants.
“The officer was formerly in narcotics and has an eye and a sensitivity to that,” Vaughn said. “While he was patrolling through the area, he noticed it and did the responsible thing.”
Vaughn said it’s unclear if the marijuana was planted there intentionally or whether someone threw seeds out of their window from a passing car.
According to police scanners, someone saw kids rip up a couple of plants from that area earlier in the day.
“It’s not uncommon to find what we typically refer to as Iowa ditch weed,” Vaughn said.It’s unclear how the plants got there or who may have been cultivating them.
Iowa ditch weed
Ditch weed is a slang term referring to cannabis that grows in the wild. It is also called feral weed.
Ditch weed can be found on the side of the road as well, hence the name. When it is dried, cured, and smoked, ditch weed makes for a decent head high. Ditch weed is related to and descended from industrial hemp plants that were produced for fiber, so it typically has low amounts of THC.
Some people have been known to deliberately plant seeds in the ditches and come back for it, in order to avoid the law. This is because as by DEA definitions, ditch weed has no evidence of being the result of planned cultivation, and is assumed to have grown in wild.
Some ditch weed may just be randomly growing, likely to have come from hemp crops that have reseeded themselves. Hemp is a wild plant found in the Midwest and states like Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota.
Another theory behind ditch weed is that it grows from seeds that were present in the roach of a joint that was tossed out the window. All of these theories means that ditch weed is scattered about instead of appearing in an organized grid or layout.
Ditch weed can grow to be eight or nine feet tall, but because it isn’t tended to like farmed, indoor-grown, or greenhouse plants, the buds are not as sticky. Also, the run-off of pesticides or toxins on the road likely affect the quality of the bud, depending on the location and climate.
Ditch weed is considered to be low quality buds because it is not fertilized or tended to.Iowa ditch weed Ditch weed is a slang term referring to cannabis that grows in the wild. It is also called feral weed. Ditch weed can be found on the side of the road as well, hence the name. ]]>