Virtual Pot Farms Are Harvesting Real Controversy

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Updated: 4/07/2011 2:41 pm Published: 4/04/2011 8:59 pm

"An imaginary pot farm, come on," says Kerry Huff. "There's just better things to do with your time than pretend to grow an illegal substance."

That's what it is. An imaginary pot farm. A Facebook app. You give the page access to your page and "Hello Mary Jane!" You can create your own pot farm. And the site generates money. You can use your credit card to keep your farm growing, but you don't have to.

"I just think it's a colossal waste of time," says Huff.

Some might agree with Kerry Huff, but many fans commented about the game on our Facebook page. Tereasa Fairchild says, "We grow our pot on there and sell it to Mafia Wars." Stephanie Thompson says I played it for a while, then quit. A game like that should not be on Facebook. It's not a game for kids to play."

A concerned mother I spoke with writes:

"I'm glad you contacted me about this game! I did check it out to see what the game was about and what kind of influence it would have on my children. The game has dazed animals like a bear and rabbit with comments popping up around them like having the munchies and etc. Also it has missions to plant and sell before the feds bust you. Now, at first, I was really worried about this because our kids see and hear enough anymore in school these days. My son who is in his teen years saw the game on Facebook and asked me about it. So I sat down with him on his profile to see how easy it would be to load and play this game. I was glad to see that Facebook denied access to it due to age.

Despite, some negative comments, Facebook fans/ virtual pot growers treat it just as it is.

"It's just a game really," says a Tulsa Community College Student.

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Mister Smith - 5/16/2012 9:18 PM
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Thanks Keyy Huff, whoever you are, for giving this pointless and harmless game the needless attention and free advertising that money can't buy. Everyone knows that if you start a controvesy then the masses will flock to it.

Lladnar86 - 4/26/2012 9:46 PM
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I'm not gonna sugar-coat this. I LOVE POT! Virtual or real. And this sounds to me like just another bs ploy for someone to start controversy over what could be the best thing to ever happen to this country since the founding. Cultivating and selling pot will eventually be what will save this country. It's the only non-lethal, non-invasive, sensible thing left to fix our failing economy. So one day when pot saves us all from destruction, or all these closed-minded bigots keep it illegal and drive us further into the impending collapse of western society, I'll still be here on my porch minding my own damn business and feeling awesome while I watch the world roll by. And don't get me started on parenting. I had a severely premature son who was born dead and through the miracles of medicine he was saved and is still with us today. And through what I have seen, no one really realizes how important they are to their children and vice-versa until you nearly lose one. So it's not surprising people look for anything to blame for their shortcomings as parents. I tried to find someone to blame when my son was basically stillborn and just like in these parents' cases there was no one to blame. Only I was intelligent enough to figure that out. My son may smoke pot one day, or he may not. But he damn sure won't get some twisted version of what pot is and what it does. Grow up, get a real life, and watch your kids. And LEGALIZE WEED!!!!!! That is all.

Blinkinlights - 1/22/2012 9:07 AM
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Are you serious? This whole article is a joke first of all it's just a game and by the standard of games this is nothing it's VIRTUAL pot. Yes it is a waste of time but it's not more of a waste than any other Facebook game out there like FarmVille for example wich is Pritty much the same thing but without the pot. if you don't like the game then don't play it why would you ruin it for everybody who dose enjoy the game. If you don't want your kids playing it then watch their age on Facebook so they can't play it. But face it once they turn 18 you have no right to stop them and the more you restrict them and keep them from doing things they want to do the more they will rebel once they are out of your control. It's best to have your kids learn the facts even if you don't agree with them and let them make there own decision. Stop telling your children what to think because once they learn that alot of what you told them is not the facts but just lies you told them to influence their decisions they will realise they have been lied to and it will discredit all the important things you taught them about life that are actually true and important.

Unhooked - 12/28/2011 11:19 AM
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There are a lot worse things out there than Pot Farm. How many kids play "Call of Duty" or " Grand Theft Auto"? And as for a meaningless waste of time, What about hours that are spent playing virtual poker or the number one most common search on the internet...PORN! I do not smoke pot but I enjoy this game. Yes it is a time drain but no more so than so than solitaire or any other farmville type game. Grow up, get over yourself and pick a battle that has a potential importance.

JussSayin - 7/23/2011 9:16 PM
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You can thank Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state of California for giving Pot Farm the idea. Don't be so critical, it's something out of your control. By the time your children are adults, they will be counting on the marketing of hemp and hemp products alike. If you are too worried about what your children are doing or playing on Facebook, you should not be allowing them on the computer to begin with. Lets assume your child hears daddy talking about the irresistible cuckold he met the night before, rest assure you child can type it into Google and get a complete definition and example. Or god forbid a child's classmates tell him/her to go home and check out Your life and theirs will be scarred. Make useful and well rounded decisions when giving your child the responsibility of using the internet. You have much more to worry about then games on Facebook.

rjtulsa - 6/25/2011 12:07 PM
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Well first thing who is Kerry huff? Secondly why should we care what Kerry Huff thinks?It is a harmless game(which I don't play)It just ticks me off when people make a big deal out of something so frivolous.There are a lot more important issues to think about than a game.

NicoleA2011 - 6/24/2011 4:05 PM
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I play this game myself and I have children. I tell my children that this is a game it is not real life. U need to educate your children if you are so concerned about a game that is intended for adults 21 and over. If your child is under 18 anyways you should monitor their account if you are so concerned. This game is harmless. What about all the threatening ppl do on facebook, do you see anything being done about that? What about cyberbullying? Again, nothing done about it either!! So WTh? Find something more important to do rather than taking off an innocent game. If you are going to take away games that reflect society and are meaningless then take off petville, farmville, mafia wars, pot wars, cityville, and yoville. People must have absolutely no lives to worry about a game that isn't hurting anyone. They are just looking at making headlines to get themselves in the spotlight!! Go worry about your children or your own lives and leave this game alone!! Go hunt down the real drug problems not a damn game. Thank you!!

jackiedavis - 6/24/2011 3:49 PM
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hi. okay i have something to say about this game. I am by all means not a stoner. I dont smoke nor do i care who smokes. I am not against marijuana. but I play this game all the time. this is my absolute favorite game. there is no animal that says anything. nothing is said about munchies. yes there are quests that you can do. but this game is meant for people 21 and older. it even has a part in the beggining that says no one should play this game. i vote potfarm as fun and really its nothing different than farmville or any other game that grows plants and you harvest them to sell. what i dont understand is how there are games about killing people. and honestly people put thousands of real dollars into these games on facebook.. you cant take something away from us that we paid for. you need to bring this game back before theres a lawsuit.

GunshotGlamour - 6/24/2011 2:40 PM
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ALSO. theres no words near ANY of the animals. so id like to kno where she saw ANYTHING wrote about having the munchies?! ive been playing this game for over a year now and never once have they told me they have the munchies. so bad, growing tomatos and grapes, better shut us right down!! maybe you should get your minors off a game that you have to be 21 n up to play, and worry a little bit more about your parenting skills and how youre LYING to get a game shut down!!

GunshotGlamour - 6/24/2011 2:31 PM
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also idk if any of you have actually played this game. but when it loads theres a disclaimer that says you hve to be 21 to play. so instead of flipping out over the bunnies and bears, maybe these ppl shoudl read the rules and be a little more concerned about what their MINOR children are doing, instead of worrying about what a bunch of ADULTS are.
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