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Who Planted Cannabis at the Vermont Capitol?

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A rogue gardener? A cannabis philanthropist? Ben and/​or Jerry? No one’s quite sure who did it, but one thing is clear: Someone planted a whole bunch of cannabis in flower beds around the Vermont Capitol building. 

CNN reports that a total of 34 immature plants were found. It’s not quite clear if the plants are weed or hemp, but police aren’t planning to test them as they don’t intend to open a criminal case. Still, as a police department statement makes clear, they would like to know more:

We also have no thoughts on why someone would plant it. But if anyone wants to claim it and let us know why they planted it, we are happy to listen.”

In any event, the mysterious public grow-op is a nice reminder that Vermont was the first state to legalize recreational cannabis via the legislature, instead of with a ballot — although the state has yet to approve a system that would allow cannabis to be sold.

This is far from the first case of unexpected public cannabis plants. Last year, city workers in Powell, Wyoming found cannabis growing in public flower pots.

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