U.S. Marijuana Party of Kentucky

By Will Bredderman

Talk about Southern comfort.

The true story of a cartel of Kentucky-fried marijuana growers who fell prey to the largest weed bust in American history — a story that took author James Higdon from his adopted home in Williamsburg back to the hills of his native state — will hit WORD bookstore for a reading on May 30.

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At the heart of “Cornbread Mafia” is Johnny Boone, who used his skills as a tobacco farmer and moonshiner to become the reputed “King of Pot” — until he was caught with an estimated 182 tons of marijuana in 1987.

Also arrested in the sting were the parents of several of the author’s second-grade classmates.

“Suddenly the parents of kids I went to school with were going to jail, and I didn’t understand why,” Higdon said.

Almost 20 years later Higdon met Boone — released from prison in 2002…

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