Wild marijuana grows in yards, gardens, and weedy industrial sites across the Twin Cities.

It’s illegal – the feds consider it a Schedule I controlled substance, equal to heroin – but it’s also naturally occurring.

Most of what’s out there is descended from the hemp that was planted en masse in the 1940s for fiber during World War II.

When “Reefer Madness” arrived, people stopped cultivating it. Birds loved to eat the seed though, and carried it out of the fields and into the cities. Now, wild marijuana is flourishing wherever people are turning the soil, like roadsides and highways.

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Susan Du ~ CityPages.com ~

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