In the capital Kazakhstan, Astana City residents recently noticed that street side flowerbeds were filled with thousands of marijuana plants. The city’s government has launched an investigation to determine whether or not it was a mistake that they made or if it was an act of guerrilla gardening from local activists.
A spokesman for the local government said that “An investigation has been launched. If they are marijuana plants as is alleged on social media, we will remove them immediately. So far, we have not yet ascertained who planted them there but the investigation and tests are ongoing.”
Local resident Mihail Malorod noticed the flowers on his way to work.
“I was walking down the street when I saw these cute plants at the junction of Auezova Street and Dzhangeldina Street. What a nice little flowerbed, I thought,” he told reporters.
Wild marijuana growth is actually fairly common in Kazakhstan, although it is less common within the cities. The plant is currently illegal and the government is working tirelessly to eradicate wild-growing cannabis throughout the country. However, the fact that it is so widespread makes a prohibition policy almost impossible to enforce.
Whether this was an act of guerilla gardening or a mistake on the part of the local government, it really does show how insane it is to make plants of any kind illegal.
On the show Meet the Stans in 2003, show host Simon Reeve documented how abundantly marijuana grows in Kazakhstan
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.
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