Marijuana Sprouts All Over German City

By Chrisanne Grise 07/15/13

Activists in Göttingen protest the "demonization" of cannabis by planting it everywhere.

Pot growing in a town square. Photo via

Protest is sprouting throughout the university town of Göttingen, Germany. Last month, pro-pot activists who call themselves “A Few Autonomous Flower Children”planted several pounds of marijuana seeds in parks, city planters and even in front of the police station, in protest of the "demonization" of cannabis. The group says it's unfair that marijuana is prohibited in the country, while alcohol and tobacco are legal. “We can’t set eyes on this useful and beautiful plant because it’s absolutely forbidden in Germany to grow it,” they wrote in a letter in early June. Now the plants are beginning to sprout, and the local youth wing of the Green Party, Green Youth (GJ), is publishing photos on its website so readers can “enjoy with deep relaxation the majestic beauty of this magnificent plant!” But members of local law enforcement have not found the plants relaxing, and are using Green Youth's website as a guide to find the plants and remove them. “Everything that looks like hemp is torn out,” says Göttingen police spokeswoman Jasmin Kaatz. “This action is a big deal, people really put effort into it." An estimated 70 plants have been removed so far.

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