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article imageHoly smoke: Police find pot on bishop's plot in Spain

By Anne Sewell     Jul 2, 2013 in Odd News
Santa Cruz - A man has been arrested in Santa Cruz in Spain after police found a marijuana plantation on land belonging to the bishop of Tenerife. Apparently the church was unaware of what the man, who had permission to use the land, was growing there.
After a number of anonymous tip-offs in June, police staked out the plot of land, which is in the heart of the island's Anaga mountains.
The investigating officers then discovered marijuana plants growing in what was formerly used as a vegetable garden. Reportedly the crop was shielded from view by some plastic sheets stretched over a wooden frame.
The police arrested the 27-year-old, identified only by the initials R.C.H., when they found him watering the plants. He later confessed to owning them.
It was confirmed later by local police that the land is part of the diocese of the bishop of Tenerife, assigned to the parish of Our Lady of the Snows of Taganna.
R.C.H. had a written agreement to cultivate the land, dated April 1, 2012, but the plants he was cultivating were not quite what the bishop had in mind.
Marijuana is decriminalized in Spain. This means that selling cannabis is a criminal offense punishable by law in any quantity.
Buying anywhere, possession and consumption in a public place constitutes a misdemeanor and is penalized with a fine and confiscation.
Growing the plant on private property for personal use, and consumption by adults in a private space is not illegal. However, growing on a large scale, and on another person's property, as in R.C.H.'s case, is against the law.
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