British Columbia

Just another weed? Pot plant discovered growing in Burnaby park

A single, healthy looking pot plant has sprung up in a Burnaby's Meadowood Park, just a few steps from a walking trail.

"Once we figure out where it is we'll go and remove it and bring the RCMP with us. It's a criminal activity."

CBC News was tipped off to the location of this pot plant growing in a Burnaby Park (GP Mendoza/CBC)

A single, healthy looking, albeit illegal pot plant appears to be thriving in Burnaby's Meadowood Park, just a few steps off a walking trail. 

CBC News was tipped off to the location of the one metre high marijuana plant by Overgrow Canada, a cannabis advocacy organization. A request for an interview was turned down.

Burnaby Parks director Dave Ellenwood says he's heard of pot plants growing in parks before, but that it usually happens deep in the forest. 

Just another weed or hiding in plain sight? Pot plant takes root in Burnaby park. (GP Mendoza/CBC)

"I couldn't say if it's accidental," said Ellenwood. "Once we figure out where it is we'll go and remove it and bring the RCMP with us. It's a criminal activity."

Last year marijuana was discovered growing in a Vancouver traffic circle. And in Winnipeg a number of thriving pot plants were weeded out of the flower beds at city hall.

Ellenwood says the Meadowood Park plant may be a case of someone hiding it in plain sight, because "most people probably wouldn't know the difference between a tomato plant and and a marijuana plant." 


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