Vermont Man, 73, Gets Ticket Over Surprise Pot Plant
Says he had no idea they were marijuana seeds he planted
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 30, 2013 4:11 PM CDT
File photo of a pot plant.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

(Newser) – A 73-year-old man who was given the first civil marijuana ticket in a Vermont town says he had planted some seeds he found in a box and "got spanked" by police after they grew into a pot plant. William Reynolds was issued a $200 civil ticket by St. Johnsbury police after authorities seized the potted plant from his Main Street apartment. Police say they saw no indication Reynolds was a pot smoker. Reynolds tells the Caledonian Record he doesn't smoke marijuana and was "playing around" with the seeds he found. But he says he "did wrong" and won't contest the ticket. Vermont decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana on July 1.

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Sep 2, 2013 7:46 AM CDT
This is just terrible...the man should be put in front of a firing squad
Aug 31, 2013 9:04 PM CDT
Actually, William Reynold, you did NOT do anything wrong. YOU PUT A SEED INTO SOIL TO WATCH IT GROW. That is LITERALLY the root of human civilization, of prosperity and wealth in the world today. ALL of modern civilization is built at heart from putting seeds into soil and watching them grow. You did NOTHING wrong, and should NOT apologize for it. Meanwhile, powerful people stealing from the weak is not the base of civilization, but the bane of it.
Aug 31, 2013 12:12 PM CDT
He was lucky they decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, otherwise he would be looking at few years in jail. While tons of drugs are smuggled to our country and nobody sees anything unless they have a "tip".