When you do a Google search for “Kentucky,” ironically, the top listing is not for the tourism office or even the official site for the state. Rather the bulk of the links are related to the Kentucky derby. So I was a surprised when I saw an Associated Press story in Yahoo! News today about the amount of marijuana confiscated in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, where narcotics officers have seen a marijuana boom and confiscated more than 1 million plants in the three states. (If I wanted to add an audio clip to this post, I’d likely make it John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High.)
The PR laugh for me is that this one story totally changes my perception of the these states. When I grew up in Philadelphia, we often drove up and down the east side of the country. The biggest high our family ever got was eating too many pecan rolls at Stucky’s. In the future, when I drive in that area, I’ll have to keep my windows rolled up so I can be sure I stay focused on the road.
It’s amazing how one story can change a reputation. Maybe Cheech and Chong live at a retirement home in Appalachian region.