More than 30 cannabis plants found in Vermont Statehouse garden

A cannabis plant in the garden.
A cannabis plant in the garden. Photo credit: Vermont Capitol Police.

Police in America are puzzled by the awkward discovery that almost three dozen cannabis plants were growing in a state building garden.

The Associated Press reports that a visitor to the Vermont Statehouse alerted police to what appeared to be 34 cannabis plants growing among the garden outside the building.

While further testing would allow investigators to identify if it was hemp or marijuana, police chief Matthew Romei said there were no plans to test them.

Romei said there could be no criminal case unless someone claimed the plants, which no one has so far. In Vermont, it's illegal to grow marijuana in public and growers can't have more than two mature marijuana plants.

"We also have no thoughts on why someone would plant it," the department said, reports CNN. 

Romei shared the CNN report of the story on his Facebook, saying: "If anyone wants to claim it, we are happy to make an appointment for you to come by". The post was shared by the official Vermont Capital Police page.