Police raided the property of an elderly couple in Bristol, England simply because a flowery plant in their garden smelled like pot.
Ivor and Margaret Wiltshire of Kingswood had just returned house from a holiday when they located their front door kicked in. The whole home and garage was searched.
The raid was apparently sparked by the smell of a tiny creeping flower named Moss Phlox that grew in their garden. The plant smells like and is frequently mistaken for pot.
This was the second time this occurred. A similar incident occurred 4 days earlier to Ivor’s neighbors David and Christine Difford.
The couple was visited by a gang wearing Halloween masks who demanded drugs.
“They shouted, ‘Give us the weed, man’ and searched the loft. It was frightening,” David narrated.
Police later apologized to Ivor, a retired engineer, who showed them the smelly plant. The offending plant apparently did not bother Ivor given that he has no sense of smell.
“It is estimated that about four percent of the world’s adult population (162 million) use cannabis annually and .6 percent (22.five million) every day. The possession, use, or sale of psychoactive cannabis products became illegal in most components of the world in the early 20th century. Since then, some nations have intensified the enforcement of cannabis prohibition even though other individuals have lowered the priority of enforcement,” according to the editors of Wikipedia.
Moss Phlox, on the other hand, is scientifically known as Phlox stolonifera and is also called creeping phlox, flowering moss, ground pink, or moss pinks.
It is native to the eastern United States in forests in the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania south to northern Georgia.
“We can not think such a tiny plant has brought on so a lot trouble,” Ivor mentioned.