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POWELL (WNE) — City of Powell workers recently discovered a different kind of “weed” sprouting up in a couple of city planters: marijuana plants.

Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt suspects someone slipped marijuana seeds into the city planters some time ago.

Amid the other plants and flowers growing in the pots, city workers unknowingly watered and cared for the cannabis plants for a period of weeks before discovering a couple on the afternoon of June 29, Eckerdt said.

City Parks and Recreation Superintendent Del Barton said the plants were difficult for his seasonal workers to distinguish at first.

“To be honest with you, and to be fair, without having a marijuana field testing kit, I can’t tell the difference between hemp and marijuana,” Barton said with a chuckle.

Barton’s workers pulled the plants and took them to police. A couple days later, another plant was found, bringing the total to three plants in three different pots.

“They [the workers] just mentioned to me this morning that in the course of watering, they think — though we’re not sure yet — that there may be some additional ones popping up,” Barton said Wednesday.


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