City of Ventura Parks Manager Tom Martin says that he isn’t sure how the poppies came to be growing at Kimball Park, adding that they could have been growing there for up to seven years.
“They’re not plants that were planted by us, they’ve been there for quite a while,” said Martin. “We weren’t aware of the drug properties or potential drug properties in those plants, once they were brought to our attention we had them taken out right away.”
On the morning of Friday, May 24, the plants were removed, remnants of the flowers, stems and pods found strewn about the grounds. Heroin is just one product derived from Papaver somniferum. The seeds have both culinary and pharmaceutical uses, such as in baking or pain-relieving drugs like hydrocodone. The legality of the plant itself is as murky as the milk it produces, with Special Agent Mori calling them “generally illegal.”
“It would be illegal if they’re being used to harvest and produce heroin,” said Mori. He says that this variety of poppy cannot be purchased commercially in the United States. “It’s unclear if these plants, in the manner and location they were planted, if it even would constitute a crime.”
Both Martin and Mori said that they cannot remember or recall another instance of a plant like Papaver somniferum growing on public lands.
“We’ll be taking a look at all of our facilities now that this has been brought to our attention,” said Martin. So far, no more poppies have been found.
To catch a glimpse of the perfectly legal variety of Matilija poppy, however, pop on over to the Matilija Poppy Festival this weekend in Thousand Oaks, https://www.facebook.com/events/925272981146125/.
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