Marijuana plants "like trees" found in garden of home owned by ex-Rep. Dorothy Butcher

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Dorothy Butcher.
Former state representative Dorothy Butcher, a Democrat, represented Pueblo's District 46 for three terms, adding to an impressive résumé that also includes a stint on the Pueblo city council. Which only enhances the surprise sparked by a report that a small forest of marijuana plants, some as tall as an NBA player, were found in the garden of a home she owns.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, thirteen plants between three and seven feet in height were seized from the property late last month. They were found in a garden otherwise dominated by corn and tomato plants.

No, Butcher doesn't live at the home; her daughter does. In addition, portions of the property have been used as rentals. For that reason, no one's been charged with wrongdoing -- because cops can't prove who planted the weed.

We've left a message with Butcher requesting an interview; when and if she responds, we'll update this post. But she told the Chieftain she was as surprised as anyone upon learning what had been growing behind the house. "They were like trees," she said. "It was actually beautiful. But we had no idea that's what it was."

Presumably, no one else in the neighborhood did, either -- or they might have been trimmed back considerably.

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Citizen80919
Citizen80919

So by their logic anybody can plant marijuana out in the yard, then deny it when the shit hits the fan?   No way.   Just because they are a political figure does not mean that they get a free pass on the laws they create.  I hate to see anybody charged with cultivation, but this is wrong by a significant measure.  

If it was you or me, we would be bailing out and waiting for trial.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

This is Cawleraduh -- politicians, police officers, and judges get away with murder because no one is paying much attention.

Colorado has ~ 5,000,000 residents, most of whom were born in the United States -- of that number, how many are citizens who take responsibility for their own government?  Judging from what I see of the operation of Denver's City government, the General Assembly, and the courts, not very many at all.

fake trees
fake trees

5 basic requirements - Marijuana plants need water, light, air, nutrients and temperature. Regardless of how weeds grow they must have these basic 5 ...

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"no one's been charged with wrongdoing -- because cops can't prove who planted the weed" -- not being able to prove cases generally does not deter prosecutors from bringing them, especially against people who have no money and are likely to cop out.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

So much money is wasted because of the legal bullshit going on.  Let them grow outside where they belong.  They do look beautiful, especially when they are allowed to flower ;)

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Now if we could just convince the rest of the politicians to start a garden....

Open2Debate
Open2Debate

Good thing it wasn't tobacco. That stuff will kill you!

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