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Hey, What's That Plant Growing Near Vermont's Statehouse?

Somebody popped in nearly 3 dozen cannabis plants
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 12, 2019 1:45 PM CDT
This photo released by the Vermont Capitol Police shows cannabis plants, left, growing on the grounds of the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt.   (Matthew Romei/Vermont Capitol Police via AP)
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(Newser) – Almost three dozen cannabis plants were found growing in the flower beds in front of the Vermont Statehouse, per the AP. Police say a visitor alerted them to the 34 plants this week among the cultivated flowers that line the walkway in front of the building in Montpelier. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei says he doesn't know whether the immature plants were marijuana or hemp, and no tests are planned because there is no criminal case. Police plucked them all, reports Boston.com. In Vermont, possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use is legal, and farmers can plant hemp as a cash crop. “If there’s a typical Vermont story about marijuana, this is it,” says Romei. (Read more Vermont stories.)

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