Spoke of this before, but once again the local and state police are on their annual raid in Western Maine.. eradicating the state of reefer madness... to those of you who indulge, don't worry as much as this is a photo op the backwoods folks have so many hidden growths it is just the tip of the iceberg. No mention of Franklin County, when I lived there every September, despite a terrible economy, new snowmachines and new trucks all of a sudden appeared in driveways.. guess everyone got their income tax returns late. http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=128332&ac=PHnws&pg=1 Outdoor marijuana cultivation is more common in Maine's rural counties than elsewhere. Less population means more available land and fewer people likely to stumble on a crop while out hiking or four-wheeling. Plants typically are started indoors because the growing season is so short, then transplanted in spring and harvested in fall. In southern Maine, most cultivation is done indoors throughout the year, with elaborate and expensive growing equipment, sometimes in houses bought or... leased specifically for growing pot. Tuesday's effort yielded a total of 99 plants from three sites in Androscoggin County. A parallel effort in Oxford County led to 200 pot plants being cut down. With one plant yielding, conservatively, a half-pound, and each pound valued at between $1,000 and $2,000, police say it was a pretty effective haul. "We've probably only gotten a small percentage of what's grown out there," Desjardins said. "I believe it's probably more pervasive now than it has been. You're not going to eliminate it, but you try to control it with your limited resources."