Like a fantastical plot for an episode of Scooby Doo, Russian officials have reportedly found a “cannabis island” off the northern coast of the Black Sea.
The Russian police found more than 1,500 cannabis plants being cultivated in three different locations on an artificial island on the Crimea Peninsula. One crop had 500 plants covering about 2,000 square miles of land. Officials also found two more locations the following day where cannabis was being grown and recovered more than 1,000 plants. Yelena Alekseyeva, a spokeswoman for the police, set preliminary estimates for the crop at $3.5 million dollars.
The Republic of Crimea was formerly a part of Ukraine before President Vladimir Putin annexed the territory and claimed it as a part of Russia just last year. Now, it’s considered a disputed territory in what Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called “a robbery on an international scale.”
Although cannabis has not been legalized in Russia, possession has been decriminalized in the country and residents may legally carry up to 20 gram of cannabis and 5 grams of hashish.
The plants have reportedly all been destroyed.
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