German Town Under Attack From Cannabis Plants

Thousands planted by legalization activists

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons cannabis gottingen A Few Autonomous Flower Childre

Activists protesting Germany’s strict anti-marijuana laws have taken to planting tens of thousands of such seeds in the small university town of Gottingen.

The seeds, which were planted last month, have begun to bloom, and now local police have their hands full trying to rip them out. Authorities say they have removed over 70 plants so far, including a set outside the police station. "Everything that looks like cannabis is torn out," said a police spokesman. But more are blossoming every day in parks, yards, and even window boxes.

The group, A Few Autonomous Flower Children (AFAFC), say they are fighting against the “demonization” of the plant. “We can’t set eyes on this useful and beautiful plant because it’s absolutely forbidden in Germany to grow it,” said a spokesman for the group. "This action is a big deal—[we] really put effort into it.

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