DEA Agents mistakenly destroyed an entire 20-acre pot farm in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area on Thursday. Believing the pot farm was being operated by a Mexican drug cartel, the DEA agents had the entire area bulldozed and set the pot ablaze only to find out minutes later that the pot farm was actually owned and operated by the United States government. The street worth of the mature pot plants was estimated to be anywhere from $1 to $2 million dollars.
This pot farm and several more like it are part of a new government program to grow medical marijuana for purposes of taking control of the medical marijuana business in several states that have now legalized the weed for consumption. The DEA official responsible for ordering the destruction of the pot farm has been put on administrative leave without pay until it can be determined his motive for taking the action that he did.
A spokesperson for the DEA official made this statement "a certain level of confusion is now being felt by DEA officials whose jobs have changed dramatically with the passing of legal medical marijuana laws in several states. As such, those DEA officials who, prior to the passing of these laws, would automatically just assume a field of pot growing on federal lands was there illegally and set about the task of destroying the plants. It is not so cut and dried anymore," he said unjokingly.
Meanwhile, pot being grown illegally by Mexican drug cartels in the nation's state parks continues to be the number one drug problem in America.