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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Nearly three dozen cannabis crops have been discovered rising within the flower beds in entrance of the Vermont Statehouse, police mentioned Friday.

A customer to the Statehouse alerted police to what turned out to be 34 crops discovered by officers this week among the many cultivated flowers that line the walkway in entrance of the constructing in Montpelier.

Staff for the department of state authorities liable for the gardens may need discovered extra crops, mentioned Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei.

“The one means we are able to make a prison case is that if somebody comes down and claims it.”

The chief mentioned that he didn’t know whether or not the immature crops had been marijuana or hemp and that he doesn’t intend to have the crops examined to see as a result of he foresees no prison case.

In Vermont, possession of small quantities of marijuana for leisure use is authorized, nevertheless it stays unlawful to develop it in public. Farmers can plant hemp as a money crop.

“The one means we are able to make a prison case is that if somebody comes down and claims it,” Romei mentioned Friday.

Officers have made related discoveries within the Statehouse flower gardens in earlier years, Romei mentioned, nevertheless it was the primary occasion within the two years he has been chief.

“This was a humorous factor to come back again to off from trip,” Romei mentioned of Monday’s discovery.