As Illinois’ unemployment rate hit the double digits this summer, one relatively fast way to make a buck seemed to be budding.
Marijuana farming is becoming a money-making trend, gaining popularity locally as well as in California, Florida and throughout Appalachian territories, law enforcement sources report. And this month, two local sheriff’s departments, in Ford and Iroquois counties, seized more than $1 million in marijuana plants from alleged home-grown operations.
“Every year around harvest time we seem to get a call from farmers who find marijuana being grown,” Iroquois County Sheriff Eldon Sprau said. “Most of the time it’s not the person who’s farming (that land).
“I think there’s a great possibility of that becoming more of an issue because of the economy. The crops, the corn and the soybeans, aren’t bringing in as much. Some people might look at it as a get-rich crop.”
By By Kristen Zambo