A parish council accidentally planted some cannabis plants in a flowerbed before a passing gardener spotted what they really were.
Of course, the question here is – how did they know what they were?
Seriously though, the folks at the community group in West Parley, Dorset, were just trying to give their little part of the world a splash of colour for summer but made a big mistake.
Worse still, according to a recent photo on social media, the plants were left there for a few days afterwards.
West Parley Parish Council were alerted to the presence of a different kind of pot plant in their planters by Tray Veronica, who saw the ‘interesting plants’ sticking out of the display whilst on the school run.
She explained: “I was driving to drop my daughter off and as I drove down New Road I saw the planter, being a gardener I always notice things like that. But as I looked over I thought ‘oh my god, is that what I think it is?’”
Spoiler alert - it was.
Tray continued: “When I drove past again I stopped to have a closer look and yes, it’s definitely cannabis. I was laughing all the way home.
“But at first there were six plants in there, now there’s only two. The first ones were so big, they were towering above the bedding plants. They absolutely thrived on that planter.”
There you go, if you need to grow any weed, forget the energy consuming grows in houses, just stick them in a lovely floral display with some daffodils and chrysanthemums.
Of course, that’s a joke – don’t grow weed or do drugs, kids.
Tray first saw the plants on 17 July, but two days afterwards the West Parley Parish Council shared a picture of the planters that they were obviously very proud of, to which one person commented: “Smokin’.”
After a council meeting took place on Wednesday, the council released an update.
A spokesperson said: “On 20th July, the parish council was alerted to a report concerning one of the village’s floral displays, which suggested it may have been tampered with and amongst the flowers was a plant not part of this year’s schedule.
“On the advice of the police, the plant was located, removed and has been secured by the parish council and arrangements are being made to pass it on to Dorset Police for identification and destruction.
“An inspection has taken place of all the parish’s other planters, and this has not raised any further concerns.”
For her part, Tray added: “I hope the council can see the funny side. It is worth adding that all the planters around the village do look beautiful, they’ve done a great job.”
We shouldn’t have to tell you this, but it is prohibited by UK law to cultivate cannabis plants, meaning tending, watering, feeding, and nurturing them is against the law.