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August 24, 2009

MARTHA'S VINYARD POT GROWERS MAY BE HURT BY OBAMA VISIT

Washington Examiner - The residents of Martha's Vineyard are not unfamiliar with high-profile visitors. In fact, most residents of the small New England island are welcoming President Barack Obama and the economic boost his family's visit is expected to generate. But one cottage industry isn't so happy about it - the island's small cadre of marijuana farmers. "The word was that some of the island marijuana growers actually had to get their crops in early," said Mike Seccombe, a senior writer for the Vineyard Gazette, in an NPR interview Sunday morning. "They thought the helicopters scoping the place out for the president may have had something to do with drug enforcement." . . . As Seccombe explained, Saturday marked the arrival of "40 [sport utility vehicles] full of guys in dark suits," security preparations not seen in visits by previous power players like President Bill Clinton. But all the security may remain in hiding for most of the trip. "We don't expect to see quite as much [of Obama as we did of Clinton], who loved to get out and about."

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