Maury County Deputies Fight Growing Problem With Marijuana
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Officials in Maury County said they have been fighting a growing problem within their borders as medical marijuana makes its way through Middle Tennessee.
Medical marijuana has not been legalized in Tennessee, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to find. The more potent drug takes a user's high to a new level and is why law enforcement has been cracking down.
Medical grade marijuana, also known as hydro marijuana, is making its way through the area.
"Through informants, traffic stops and search warrants, stuff like that. We're seeing a lot more than we used to see," a deputy with the Maury County Sheriff's Office said.
The plants are grown in water instead of soil. Hydro marijuana is often sold for as much as four times more than the common home grown or Mexican marijuana. A small bag can easily go for $100.
NewsChannel 5 had to conceal the identity of deputy who worked undercover to seized a number of the drugs from various homes across the county. He said those who are selling and using it, could easily live in your neighborhood.
"It's all types. We're getting juveniles on up to retirees," he said.
Most have not been using it for medicinal purposes. Even if it was purchased legally in another state, once it crosses into Tennessee it's illegal.
Medical marijuana has been legalized in 20 states and Washington, D.C.
Tennessee lawmakers have considered overturning the ban. Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville) has sponsored a bill that would limit the use to people with certain conditions. The House Health Subcommittee was expected to take up the issue next week.