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A marijuana plant on city property has been confiscated by JPD

Posted: August 31, 2014 - 12:07am
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This Friday photo, submitted by a reader, shows a plant identified as marijuana that was discovered in a city bed. It was subsequently confiscated by Juneau Police.  Courtesy photo
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This Friday photo, submitted by a reader, shows a plant identified as marijuana that was discovered in a city bed. It was subsequently confiscated by Juneau Police.

It’s not uncommon to find a weed among the flowers, but City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation Director Brent Fischer said this is the first he’s heard of a marijuana plant popping up in a city-tended bed. The intruding plant was plucked by Juneau Police soon after it was reported.

A member of the public notified the city manager on Friday of an element in the landscaping near the People’s Wharf, not far from Manila Square downtown, that looked suspicious.

Fischer was contacted and, with JPD, investigated the complaint and noted the plant looked like marijuana — which was enough proof for JPD to confiscate the plant.

“I looked at it and said, ‘Yes. It looks like it is,’” Fischer said in a Friday afternoon interview, not long after the plant was removed.

Fischer said this particular landscaped space was not yet under the care of CBJ. It is a relatively new addition and still under the contractor’s care.

“We (CBJ) didn’t have any weeding — pardon the pun — going on in that area, at least not yet,” he said.

The city weeds the green spaces in its care three times per year, Fischer said, but if a city employee becomes aware of “something suspicious in
nature,” protocol is to contact JPD and notify them of the location.

Fischer noted the plant was “pretty tall” and thought marijuana might be a temperamental plant to grow, so he suspected it may have been transplanted. Whatever the case, the green-thumbed ganja gardener will not have the opportunity to harvest his or her secret garden.

Fischer said JPD “pulled it, bagged it and took it away.”

A spokesperson for JPD was unavailable to comment as of press time.

The city’s response to the unwelcome addition was swift. Almost as soon as the mysterious marijuana plant was noticed by the public, it was removed.

“We do take it seriously,” Fischer said. “We took serious action on it.”

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Karl Ashenbrenner
Karl Ashenbrenner 08/31/14 - 08:24 am
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too bad other things going on in this city don't get such a lightning reaction!

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