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THE GODFATHER OF GRASS JOHNNY BOONE

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  • Joe Keith Bickett says:

    I just read your excellent article, but I don’t recall Johnny growing much marijuana in Eastern Kentucky mountains in the National Forest. Johnny is a personal friend of mine. In the 1970s Johnny grew primarily around the central Kentucky area. I was in FCI Manchester in the early 1990s with Johnny too. I lived in Whitley Unit and then later in Clay Unit. I served a twenty five year sentence for cultivating and distribution of marijuana as part of the Cornbread Mafia. After I was released from prison in 201, I started working for an Attorney, Elmer George, in Lebanon Kentucky as a paralegal and law clerk. In 2016 I published my first book “The Origins of the Cornbread Mafia, A Memoir of Sorts.” Mr. George, C. Thomas Hectus and Steve Stephens represented Johnny regarding his current case. After his capture in Canada in 2016 I was honored in assisting the attorneys in resolving Johnny’s case. While our legal team argued for a shorter sentence, Johnny was sentenced to 57 months–instead of the life sentence many thought he might receive.. I am currently working on a second book about the Cornbread Mafia which should be published in the near future.

    Joe Keith Bickett

    • samuel says:

      did you know if any of the last name “Pile” were involved? I’ve heard many times a few of the family were, probably around springfield and such.

    • Brandon rhinehart says:

      Ii lived it u are all wrong lol

    • Jim McDonald says:

      Joe Keith, I remember Jonny well, as I too spent some time in Clay unit,.. He…or at least to he would drive the Guards crazy collecting Moths and butterflies to decorate his cell…glad to see you are doing well as I just watched your review with the reporter reviewing your Book! Say hello to some of my old buddies …and you know who they are :)…Sorry TO HEAR Jonny had to learn French all for not

      • Joe Keith Bicket says:

        Hey Jim. Just now saw your post. I’m sort of out of the loop. Just wanted you to know that Johnny and I are doing well. He is out now and doing well.

        • Jim McDonald says:

          That is awesome Joe, I too am out of a lot of loops … Trying to retire, bought some land in Florida… I am sure i will blend in… Old folks and their Parents- hope all is well

    • David Saltzman says:

      Joe Keith the books you have written are remarkable

  • Allen says:

    Let the man go he not a bad person

    • Jim McDonald says:

      Is this the Allen who used to kick my ass in handball every day in the Yard? Cool Beans if it is 🙂

  • Rick Thompson says:

    I just want to figure out what modern day strains Johnny May have helped cultivate

    • CanadaGrow says:

      He was a pioneer breeder in the the.sense that he realised ‘early’ flowering varieties were key to successful harvests in colder climates. HUGE Game changer when you harvest in mid September vs late October. Even now many professional growers haven’t learned this lesson and hundreds of thousands of dollars are lost to mold and police in October. The man was a legend.

      • Joe Keith Bickett says:

        You are exactly right. Some of the earlier strains we developed did well in your part of North America as well as many of the northern states. In fact we grew several of those early maturing varieties in Kentucky. Hope all you guys are doing well.

  • Zdubya says:

    Can somebody get this guy a map of Appalachia?!?

  • Sally S Marshall says:

    Anyone who thinks of Johnny as a hillbilly is very wrong.
    Johnny is a smart man who could fit in anywhere he wanted to go.

  • John says:

    I lived it also…thank God for people being wrong..

  • Jester says:

    Johnny Boone did not grow pot in the mountains of Kentucky. He is from the Washington/Marion County area in the middle of the state.

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  • Jeff says:

    It ashamed put my friend in prison for growing weed I hang in there my friends it’s it’s about over with
    I was lost when I got out but it’s a lot better now take care friends4 life jtomblin

  • Chris says:

    Joe Keith Bickett did you remember big Bruce Tingle? I’m Chris.You might know me if I said my last name which I won’t.I met Johnny way back in the day.Me and Bruce was taking him supplies when he was first hidding out in “The Barn”! I assume if you knew him that well you knew about the barn.Im from Chaplin KY.Bruce Lived in Washington Co.over off the Chaplin Rd. side of Springfield KY.

  • Joe Keith Bicket says:

    Yes I remember that name. Its been so long I’m trying to recall the connection

  • Joe Keith Bickett says:

    Yes I do remember. Good work on you guys part. Hope all you guys are doing well.

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