Police said Monday they have arrested two men for growing hemp in Toneri Park in Tokyo's Adachi Ward. One of the men, who has been identified as Kentaro Adachi, 23, was quoted by police as saying, "It was for our own personal use."
According to police, the men planted the hemp in the depths of a fenced-off bird sanctuary within the 610,000-square-meter park where they would water and tend to their allotment at night. The 1.8-meter-tall plants were spotted by a park employee who informed the police.
The men have been charged with growing 35 plants since April of last year. When asked why those chose to grow hemp in a public place, they were quoted as saying they used to play there as children, and knew the area well.© Compiled from news reports