The city of Powell, Wyoming is responsible for growing marijuana — they just weren’t aware they were doing so. Powell park department employees discovered budding marijuana plants blooming from decorative planters in the downtown area last week. Almost a month went by with no one realizing the plants amid the zinnias and marigolds were illegal cannabis plants, which workers had been watering and tending to, none the wiser.
It all begs the question of where did the plants come from? A pranksters planted the marijuana seeds in the 100-gallon flower, so believes Powell Police City Chief Roy Eckerdt, according to the Powell Tribune. City workers only “recognized what [the plant] was once everything started to leaf out,” said Eckerdt.
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The marijuana plants were “discovered” on June 29 when city workers pulled the cannabis plants and took them to police. The planters where the plants were found resided about a block away from the police department. A few days later, more cannabis plants were discovered in a different planter.
“They [the workers] just mentioned to me this morning that in the course of watering, they think—though we’re not sure yet—that there may be some additional ones popping up,” Parks and Recreation Superintendent Del Barton told the Powell Tribune last week.
But Barton told the Billings Gazette this wasn’t the first time a cannabis plant appeared amidst city landscaping and flower pots.
We’ve had incidents in the past where, for some unknown reason, people decide to put pot seeds in the downtown—we have these large 100-gallon flower pots—and for some reason people like to put weed seeds in the flower pots,” Barton said.
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Eckerdt told the Billings Gazette he’d tossed around the idea of collecting DNA evidence around the flower planters and plant leaves to potentially scare any would-be pranksters.
A similar incident occurred in Japan last month when marijuana plants were discovered rowing amidst flower beds on government property. Japanese authorities said at the time they believed bird poop was the cause of the cannabis seeds blooming where they did.