Vermont’s Capitol Police have quite the mystery on their hands after a visitor pointed out a possible cannabis plant growing in the flower beds on the front lawn.
An officer inspected the lawn on Monday and found what is believed to be either a hemp or marijuana plant. Chief Matthew Romei said they found 34 immature plants that are too young to differentiate.
The genetic differences between hemp and marijuana are whether the plant has the potential to change your mental state, according to a University of Minnesota study.
Investigators don’t know where the plants came from or who planted them, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei said.
“It’s legal to cultivate but there are limits on where you can do it, and the statehouse flower beds certainly aren’t one of those permissible sites,” said Romei.
Authorities also don’t know if the plants are marijuana or hemp.
“If there is a typical Vermont story, this is probably it,” Romei said.