Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Element of Intent

This story underscores both how critical the element of intent is in criminal charges, and how valuable to the public common sense is on the part of government personnel.  For those of you who haven't seen little window-box cultivations by teens who think their parents won't notice, this monster is a huge, huge marijuana plant shrubbery:

Bedford police posted this photo of the bush on Twitter, described as the

The oblivious owners – an elderly couple who spotted this cannabis as a potted plant for sale from a car's trunk – have tended it for years to grow it to this size.  Although the weed itself has been sentenced to death, no charges are being filed against its hapless keepers.

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