Marijuana plants were mistakenly planted in a Moscow field, officials found.
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Moscow officials found themselves trying on the role of marijuana growers, after it was discovered that the city had mistakenly planted cannabis plants in lieu of grass, the Moscow Times reported Thursday

Officers from Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service came across a patch with as many as 230 plants near a south Moscow metro station after receiving a tip-off that the land was sprouting unusual looking greenery, Ria Novosti (RT) News reported.

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“Operatives of the Southern Administrative District service found a field of wild hemp,” a police source told Russian news agency Itar-Tass

The area was filled with soil as part of a development project launched by city officials, the Moscow Times reported. They are currently replacing the soil.

“The investigators had to try on a new profession, that of the gardeners,” the country’s Federal Drug Control Service commented, according to RT News. “The next challenge is to define the origins of the soil they grew on, and to find out how on earth cannabis seeds could be present there.”

The next challenge, indeed. 

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