Ann Harris, in her Aug. 20 letter “Employ moderation in using weed,” is confused on her plants. I’m no expert on marijuana and voted against the recreational use of it here in Washington state but I do know plants fairly well, including loco weed.Marijuana (cannabis) enjoys tropical or Mediterranean climates so it thrives in Hawaii or along the West Coast of the U.S. It would not grow on its own in the harsh climate of North Dakota.As for loco weed, there are several indigenous plants spread across the U.S. which are known as loco weed. Being a native of the West Coast I know one of them, which is Jimson weed, a member of the Datura family, and it grew wild in my parents’ backyard in Los Angeles County. If eaten by livestock or by humans it will cause behavioral changes and in the right amount can kill a human. It is definitely not marijuana.Carl TuttleVancouver
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