• Capitol Police in Montpelier, Vermont, discovered dozens of cannabis plants growing in the flower beds along a walkway at the Statehouse on July 8.
Police Chief Matthew Romei told NBC5 that it was unclear whether the more than 30 plants were marijuana or hemp, and they don't know who planted them.
But since there is no criminal case, officials don't plan to have the plants tested.
"It's legal to cultivate, but there are limits on where you can do it, and the Statehouse flower beds certainly aren't one of those permissible sites," Romei said. "If there is a typical Vermont story, this is probably it." [NBC5, 7/11/2019]
• Dr. Scott Dolginow, owner of Valley Emergency Pet Care in Basalt, Colorado, has noticed a new trend among his dog patients.
He told The Aspen Times on July 11 that he's seeing three to 10 dogs a week in his veterinary office with marijuana toxicity.
No, they're not toking alongside their owners around the fire pit. Dolginow's theory is the dogs are eating human feces while on trails or camping with their owners and getting a secondhand buzz.
Pet owner Rebecca Cole said her dog, Marty, started staggering, vomiting and urinating on the floor after hiking with her on a trail last spring.
Cole took Marty to the vet, where "they said he was high. I couldn't believe it because I don't have anything in my house."
Dolginow said, "Most dogs will eat human feces given the opportunity." [Aspen Times, 7/11/2019]