Saskatchewan

Sask. RCMP cut down 3150 'suspected marijuana' plants

Maidstone RCMP cut down 3150 suspected marijuana plants in a field on Monday.

RCMP say samples have been sent to find out if the plants are marijuana or hemp

A photo of the plants in question. (Maidstone RCMP)

A Saskatchewan farmer stumbled across a crop of plants he wasn't expecting on his land north of Waseca earlier this week.

According to RCMP, the man called police on Monday to report there was marijuana growing in his field.

Police ended up cutting down 3150 "suspected marijuana" plants. They said samples of the intruding, suspicious species have been sent for testing with Health Canada, in order to determine whether they are marijuana or hemp.

A member with Maidstone RCMP detachment told CBC News that those involved with the investigation are quite certain the plants are marijuana. The member explained that typically a farmer needs a permit to grow hemp and in this case, there was no permit for the land in question.

Last year, three similar files in the Saskatoon, Fort Qu'Appelle and Battleford areas were investigated by Saskatchewan RCMP. In all cases, the plants turned out to be hemp.

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