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Cannabis plants found in Greens party flower boxes

The Local · 30 Jun 2011, 07:34

Published: 30 Jun 2011 07:34 GMT+02:00

Police discovered the plants in flower boxes at a Green party district office in Gera, the Thüringische Landeszeitung newspaper reported Thursday.

Police are investigating possible drug law violations although preliminary reports were that the plants may only have been used for producing hemp. Prosecutors will decide whether charges should be laid, the newspaper reported.

But the discovery led to a firestorm of criticism from state politicians, including Wolfgang Fiedler, a state parliament member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union.

He told the newspaper that any Greens members who tolerated the cultivation of cannabis “must resign their high parliamentary office.”

One of the leading members of the Greens in Thuringia, Astrid Rothe-Beinlich, said she didn’t know about the plants beforehand and had asked for an explanation from staff.

Asked how the plants had got there, a state party spokeswoman Daniela Hoffmann-Weber said: “That would interest us.”

“No one will seriously believe that we’re making hemp here,” she said.

The discovery is the latest controversy to hit Greens this week in Germany. Earlier in the week, a party campaign manager in Berlin was arrested on drink driving charges.

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Your comments about this article

10:53 June 30, 2011 by freechoice
they should ban alcohol and cigarettes too!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9c/Rational_scale_to_assess_the_harm_of_drugs_%28mean_physical_harm_and_mean_dependence%29.svg
11:46 June 30, 2011 by hh922
and why do you think they call it the "Green" party... :-)
15:20 June 30, 2011 by ovalle3.14
They discovered plants in an office. Wow.
15:47 June 30, 2011 by jmclewis
This is a program to replace nuclear power with weed man.....it's like organic and stuff dude.

If you have a big fatty the bigger electric bill will okay.
16:01 June 30, 2011 by derExDeutsche
What would Jesus smoke?
17:34 June 30, 2011 by MJMH
Wonder if any of the Greens inhale. That's probably why their speeches always make so much sense.
18:04 June 30, 2011 by slawek
Now the Greens will have to share their crops with the CDU. But there is hope, the CDU might decide to switch from cocaine to cannabis now.
18:23 June 30, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
C'mon guys, they are "environmentalists" (hippies) who just want to grow a little hemp in a district office, dude. Weed helps them believe that increased taxes are a good idea, man. What do Communists smoke again, besides our life savings used as their rolling paper?
22:04 June 30, 2011 by bramblebush
@ Jack Kerouac: I knew Jack kerouac. You aint him.
06:10 July 1, 2011 by Kaaihueh
Well at least there isn't a sex scandal tied to this...er....not yet.
12:47 July 2, 2011 by ron1amr
Type in hemp in search in wikipedia. ( United States Government does not consistently distinguish between marijuana and the non-psychoactive Cannabis used for industrial and commercial purposes.[15]) If you really want to do your research and see the reasons hemp was banned it was for monetary reasons as hemp does not get you high. So in this news article what exactly was the hemp marijuana or non-psychoactive cannabis?
17:44 July 3, 2011 by willowsdad
I thought Greens were supposed to be pro-cannabis. Instead of groveling before the idiotic drug laws, why not announce that the laws need to be changed?
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