(WMC) – Police discovered marijuana plants growing in a community "victory" garden in Memphis on West McLemore Avenue this week in 1945.
During World War II, so-called victory gardens sprouted in the Mid-South as the government rationed food in order for canned goods to be saved for the troops.
However, this particular victory garden in Memphis seemed to have a different purpose, according to G. Wayne Dowdy's book, "On This Day in Memphis History."
When the 1,225-square-foot crop, referred to as, "loco weed" was discovered, it had risen 10 feet above the ground and was ready to be cut and dried. Police forces also found a shed that was used for drying and storing the illegal crop.
The two people responsible for this "victory garden" were arrested in suspicion of violating the Narcotics Act, and it remains questionable whether they were involved with a gang distributing marijuana cigarettes across the Memphis area.