Small town grows huge quantities of medical pot


Medical marijuana has taken root in the idyllic town of Williams like nowhere else in Oregon.

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Medical marijuana has taken root in the idyllic town of Williams like nowhere else in Oregon.

Nearly 20 percent of the population is registered to grow pot legally, and an untold number deals it illegally, creating stark contrasts in a bucolic burg where children still ring the bell to start the school day and pancake breakfasts draw a crowd at the local community center.

The Associated Press analyzed the locations of registered pot growers in Oregon based on their ZIP codes and found that Williams, situated in Josephine County about six miles southwest of Applegate, by far has the heaviest concentration. More than 400 of the town’s 2,000 residents are authorized by the state to grow up to six plants each.

The proliferation of pot became the talk of the town last summer when new Google Earth satellite images showed little green circles in neat rows all over the valley.

Read more in today’s Ashland Daily Tidings.




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