VIDEO: Cannabis plants growing on entrances to Bury St Edmunds
Cannabis plants have been springing up on key entrances to Bury St Edmunds as part of a campaign by a guerilla pro-cannabis group.
A spokesman for the ‘Feed the Birds’ organisation, which aims to spread awareness of the medicinal and practical uses of the plant, said 40kg of hemp and cannabis seeds had been scattered ‘on every roundabout, slip road and entrance into the town’.
“We have tried to create a green cannabis wall around the town,” he said.
On Wednesday, police swiftly removed around 25 hemp plants on a patch of private land next to the A143 Great Barton roundabout near Moreton Hall after being alerted by the Bury Free Press.
A spokesman from Feed the Birds said: “The main aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the medicinal uses for cannabis but also to help people understand the other qualities of the plant, its useages for food, building and fuel.
“It has the capability to replace a number of our ‘dirty’ industries with clean, efficient, less environmentally damaging processes.”
“Ideally we would like to see a complete reclassification of cannabis, allowing possession and cultivation to be completely legal,” he added.
He said the group had avoided scattering the seeds in designated public areas such as the Abbey Gardens as they didn’t want to ‘cause disruption to the beautiful floral displays’.
Controlled Drug/ Chemical Liaison Officer Robin Pivett, from Suffolk Police, said no crime had taken place.
He said: “Owning Hemp seeds is not a criminal offence, but by law a Home Office Licence is required to grow any plant variety from the cannabis family.
“However, for a crime to take place, an individual must be involved in the cultivation process by encouraging it to grow, such as watering or feeding.
“It is important to note that Hemp is not a psychoactive drug and does not have the same effect as other Cannabis species.
“If any members of the public come across plants growing in Bury that they believe could be hemp or has information about illegal cultivation they can call police on 101 to report the matter.
“Trained officers will then remove and identify the plants.”