Basement 'pot' grow uncovered during fire call

Police at the house for a mattress fire
2013-09-03T06:25:00Z 2013-09-03T07:08:47Z Basement 'pot' grow uncovered during fire call Daily Journal Online
September 03, 2013 6:25 am

A Park Hills man faces a list of drug-related charges after his mother apparently fell asleep with a lit cigarette, which caught her mattress on fire.

The incident unfolded at about 6:36 a.m. today when the fire department was called to a house fire near Buckley Street. Police officers arrived ahead of the first firemen and quickly extinguished a smoldering mattress using a handheld fire extinguisher.

By that time the house had filled with smoke from the smoldering bed. When the first firemen arrived they donned gear and searched the house to assure all occupants had gotten out safely.

When they entered the basement of the home they reportedly found a small marijuana growing operation with about 20 plants, lighting and watering equipment and other assorted gear used to cultivate the pot plants.

Officers questioned the 45-year-old man living in the home, the son of the woman who had accidentally set her mattress on fire, and he apparently admitted to growing the marijuana ... saying he was cultivating the plant solely for his own use.

Charges should be filed early next week.

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  1. spidermonkey
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    spidermonkey - September 15, 2013 11:33 am
    I also have to disagree on the statement that marijuana makes our country dumber, fatter, and lazier. I agree that our country has become that way overall, but there are many more aspects of our society that have helped that situation arise. And as for being as unhealthy as smoking cigarettes, that statement carries no merit whatsoever.... Am I implying that everyone needs to smoke it? Absolutely not. But many intelligent, productive, and yes, healthy citizens in this country do.
  2. luckygirl
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    luckygirl - September 07, 2013 3:07 am
    Just legalize pot in Misssouri and the police can worry about the more important things going on. This, in my opinion, is no big deal if he was really growing it for his own use. And no, I don't touch the stuff myelf.
  3. blasterrat1
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    blasterrat1 - September 05, 2013 7:19 pm
    Yes controlled. But with laws making it illegal? I disagree with that.
  4. local
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    local - September 05, 2013 3:35 pm
    And you obviously missed the part that referred to "countries," not states. In this country-- despite what militia/teaparty sentiments might exist about "states' rights"-- federal law trumps state law. We are the *United States* of America. In terms of helping with disease, its limited effects are acknowledged, but could be easily dispensed via pill through prescription. Its adverse health effects shouldn't be conveniently ignored by those who encourage its recreational use: It's every bit as unhealthy as smoking (it has four times the tar of a cigarette), can actually lead to chronic disease, and it impairs brain function and development. I would, in turn, encourage you to educate yourself before hopping on the "legalize it, mon" bandwagon. But thanks for giving me further opportunity to point out that just because it's "natural," doesn't mean it's good for you and shouldn't be controlled in order to encourage a more healthy, smart, sound populace (and stronger economy).
  5. Man on Grassy Knoll
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    Man on Grassy Knoll - September 04, 2013 2:31 pm
    Legalization best way to tax (Fed & State) and help people with health problems. I have HEP C and my doctor told me to smoke it if it helped but she could not write a script for it in Missouri.
    albertwho, it is not habit forming (Physically only mental) and it is the choice of the user to go on to hard drugs.
  6. Tarkster
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    Tarkster - September 04, 2013 2:22 am
    you obviously are uneducated on the subject, cannabis is legal in the states of Colorado and Washington, its medicinally available in 19 others and the district of Columbia, ie Washington dc. Cannabis does not make anyone fat or lazy, thats on the person, cannabis has been shown to kill cancer, help with ms, chrons disease, and several other inflammatory and neurological diseases, so again, please take time to educate yourself.
  7. local
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    local - September 03, 2013 3:01 pm
    The difference between "legal" and "decriminalized" is this: A handful-- Very Few-- developed countries have "decriminalized" it, meaning, even though it's not legal, you're not prosecuted for personal use (but you'd better not grow or deal it). "Legal" means you can grow it, use it, do whatever, pretty much. Know the only countries that have legalized cannabis? IRAN, CAMBODIA, JAMAICA, NORTH KOREA, URUGUAY. Why would we want to take the regulatory brakes off of something that just makes our country dumber, fatter, and lazier? Why would we want to follow the lead of any of those countries?
  8. albertwho
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    albertwho - September 03, 2013 12:30 pm
    So pot doesn't lead to stronger drugs later? Just asking since I never touched the stuff.
  9. Little Brother
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    Little Brother - September 03, 2013 12:22 pm
    45 years old, living with mother, growing weed in basement. Sounds legit.
  10. blasterrat1
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    blasterrat1 - September 03, 2013 9:57 am
    I could'nt agree more except you forgot to mention the conservative Hypocryts. Oh wait my bad the narrow minded part covered them! Legalize "pot" already!!!!! IMO There aint a better way to reduce drunk driving. Instead of going to the bar to get drunk people will just chill on the porch with munchies.
  11. fedupwithstupidity
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    fedupwithstupidity - September 02, 2013 10:45 am
    Obviously, this grow was only for his own personal use. Let's make alcohol illegal, not weed. DON'T PROSECUTE THIS MAN! Go after REAL criminals!!!! Missouri is SO narrow minded, overflowing with Bible thumpers, cops and prisons!
  12. disaraed
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    disaraed - September 01, 2013 1:07 am
  13. calypso
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    calypso - August 31, 2013 10:02 pm
    Hope these folks get their plants back. It's way past time to end the silliness prosecuting marijuana growing and possession for adults. We (Missouri)could use the tax dollars, Colorado is bringing in all kinds of tax revenue from it now. I'm voting against anyone who opposes full legalization.
  14. Tarkster
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    Tarkster - August 31, 2013 11:08 am
    its going to be legal very soon, and there is talk of a petition to decrim park hills which would be awesome, waste of time and resources going after a person who is growing a plant that is already 100% legal in two states, qusi legal in 19 and after the feds basically said yesterday they wont challenge the laws that means the majority will rule soon and it will be legal, prosecutor needs to not waste our tax dollars on prosecuteing this!
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