From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 14, 1972:
- A state marijuana control project was experimenting in Douglas County this summer. According to authorities' best estimates, the county had between 200 and 500 acres of the "noxious weed" growing wild, and a federal grant of $80,000 was assisting agronomy experts from Kansas State University in learning how best to destroy the plant. On a recent afternoon, experimenters attempted to use a flame thrower in a manner that would only wilt the leaves without setting the entire field on fire.
- A Kansas University environmental engineer advised the county this week that Lawrence should take over trash collection in Douglas County. "There is no reason why Lawrence should not be the contracting agency for the entire county," said Ross McKinney. "Lawrence has one of the best solid waste operations in the state of Kansas."