Almost 3 dozen cannabis plants found in Vermont State House flower bed

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One of 34 cannabis plants found on the Capitol grounds in Vermont. (CNN)

Almost three dozen cannabis plants have been found growing in the flower beds in front of the Vermont Statehouse.

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.

Further lab testing would be needed to figure out what the plants are, but Romei told CNN the department has no plans to test them because it isn’t pursuing a criminal case.

“We also have no thoughts on why someone would plant it,” the department said. “But if anyone wants to claim it and let us know why they planted it, we are happy to listen.”

In Vermont, possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use is legal. Farmers can plant hemp as a cash crop.

Romei says officials have made similar discoveries in the Statehouse flower gardens in previous years.

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