By Steve Elliott
Göttingen, Germany, is overflowing with cannabis. From parks to planter boxes to gardens, and even at the police station, marijuana is growing.
The pot was planted early last month by activists to protest marijuana's illegal status, reports Stephen Adkins at University Herald.
A shadowy group known as "A Few Autonomous Flower Children," in a letter, claimed responsibility for planting the seeds across town.
"We can't set eyes on this useful and beautiful plant because it's absolutely forbidden in Germany to grow it," the group said in the letter.
The group questioned Germany's strict marijuana laws, because citizens are allowed to buy alcohol and tobacco, but not cannabis. Calling their actions a "sign against the demonization of cannabis," the group said the plants growing throughout the city were of a low-THC variety.
The youth wing of the Green Party, known as the Green Youth, is also taking part in the pro-pot protest.
"The legalization of hemp is a matter of interest for us," a spokesman for Green Youth said. "A similar pot-planting protest took place last year in Göttingen, but on a much smaller scale. Now the plants are spread out across the whole city."
Police officials are busily uprooting the plants all over Göttingen; they've also launched an investigation for violation of Germany's drug laws.