Steve Arbuckle walks his dog past the house at 4490 Jessen Drive near Golden Gardens City Park every day.
“The big thing I look at is, it’s not going to get better if it stays," he said of the vacant house covered in gang graffiti. "There’s a house next door for sale, a nice house - who’s going to want to buy it?”
The marijuana plant grown for seizure patients like 8-year-old Forrest Smelser is special, Jim Murphy with TJ's Organic Gardens said.
He said that unlike marijuana plants grown with a high THC level in mind - the psychoactive ingredient responsible for marijuana's "high" - Forrest's plant has less than 1 percent of THC.
"We're not getting children high. We're just giving them medicine, and that's what makes this plant special," he said. "It has a very low THC, and very high CBD."
Murphy said the plant has been given the name CBD, an acronym for another active cannabinoid in marijuana known as cannabidiol. CBD is the chemical believed to be treating seizure patients like Forrest.
Eight-month-old Zoe only has two good legs. Her adopted family hopes the double-amputee donkey can some day become a therapy animal. But first, Erin Breen reports they have to worry about paying off Zoe's medical bills.