Dak Lak,marijuana plants,grown in the coffee plantations
Police found marijuana in the gardens of two households in Ea Ho Commune, Krong Nang District in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. — Photo laodong.vn

The owners claimed they had only been growing the plants to feed their chickens, believing their leaves had medicinal qualities to help poultry avoid diseases.

Bui Thi Loan, 48 years old and her brother Bui Thai Phong, 37 years old, both residing in Truong Ha Hamlet, Ea Hồ Commune have reportedly grown and harvested marijuana for a long time.

Police counted 442 marijuana plants in Loan’s garden and 139 in Phong’s garden with the highest plant reaching 2.5m tall. They were also nursing hundreds of young plants.


Their farms were located in quiet areas and marijuana was grown together with coffee, allegedly to hide the illegal cultivation.

In 2013, police of H.Krong Pak District in the same province found 1,042 marijuana plants in a garden of a local woman. The grower said that she used the plant to feed pigs, fish, chickens and ducks and did not know marijuana was harmful.

Loan and Phong could face the fines from VND2 million to VND5 million (US$85-214) for growing the banned plants, though it seems they'll be spared jail as growing 500-3,000 marijuana plants can lead to six months to three years in prison.

Either way, you'd have to be high to think marijuana is the best way to feed chickens.  VNS

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