British police have decided not to press any charges against an elderly couple who had been unknowingly cultivating a huge cannabis plant in their garden, according to CNN.
The police seized the plant Monday in Bedfordshire, England and subsequently posted a photograph of the plant on Twitter accompanied by the following comments: "Elderly couple bought shrub at car boot sale...biggest cannabis plant we had seen!!"
A spokeswoman with the local police told CNN: "The plant was mistakenly bought by the elderly couple. We will not be pressing any charges. We have seized it and will dispose it." The spokeswoman additionally added that contrary to reports there has been no"raid."' "The property was not raided," she said.
Nonetheless, the police tweet, led to some comic relief as one person who read the story, posted elsewhere online, commented, "Don't buy 'pot' plants at car boot sales! Simples."
Cannabis is classified as a Class B drug in Britain under the Misuse of Drugs Act. If prosecuted the elderly couple would have faced a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine for supplying or producing cannabis.
I think the police got this one right. Although the plant was enormous and possessing it is illegal, the police would not have achieved the deterrent and/or retributive effects that the criminal justice system is designed to accomplish had the elderly couple been prosecuted in this case, as it seems that they did not intend to turn a profit through their illegal cultivation.
What do you think?
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