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Unexpected Odor at Tampa Police HQ: 'At Times It's Really Bad'

A ventilation problem is apparently the cause
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2018 7:30 AM CDT
Marijuana plants grow at a home in Honolulu.   (AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)

(Newser) – Recreational marijuana laws are quickly becoming more and more lax in states around the US, but Florida is not one of them. So why does the headquarters of the Tampa Police Department frequently reek of weed? The Tampa Bay Times wanted this question answered, so it went to the source. According to Chief Brian Dugan, it all comes down to a ventilation problem.

Like many police stations, Tampa's One Police Center has an evidence room that frequently plays home to a lot of herb, especially following grow-house busts. Dugan says it's after those operations, with the evidence room brimming with leafy contraband, when the smell is most pungent. The odor manages to waft into the rest of the building and even the lobby. "At times it's really bad," Dugan said. Read the full piece for more. (Read more marijuana stories.)

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