Former tomato farm starts growing medical pot, concerning some neighbors
WAGONER COUNTY, Okla. (KTUL) -- From tomatoes to pot, Wagoner County's Green Prairie Farms is growing something new.
In about a week, the farm will start growing medical marijuana, and some neighbors are devastated to be living near a farm like this.
"I don't know what to do. I just know I'm going to have God help me, and he's got to do something to get it away from here," said Fay Holt, who lives near the medical pot farm.
Holt has lived on her 6-acre property for almost two decades.
"You live in a nice place, you want it to stay that way," said Holt.
She said she just found out the neighboring tomato farm is changing things up.
"They didn't tell us there was going to be something like this. There was no mail sent out. Nothing," explained Holt. "To me, it's evil. I don't care which way you put it; it's evil."
Her biggest concern is the smell of the plant.
"I don't know what's going to come of it. They can say it's going to be for this, and it's going to be for that," said Holt.
Spokesperson for Green Prairie Farms, Cassie Cronhein, said they're in line with the law, and the farm is far enough away from surrounding schools.
"We are well beyond what the standards in Oklahoma is. We exceed what Colorado's standards are. We wanted to make sure we built the best facility that is above and beyond," said Cronhein.
She said an 8 foot paneled fence will surround the farm, and their extra ventilation will reduce the smell.
"We're putting special things in place to make sure that our neighbors are happy, and the environment is good," said Cronhein.
Armed security will also protect the farm.
"That's kind of a two-fold thing. One to protect our employees, and what we grow. We don't want anyone breaking in and using it without having a medical card," said Cronhein.
All this still leaves Holt completely heartbroken.