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Cannabis Painted on High Street House Must Go
AP ^ | Friday, May 5, 2006 | AP

Posted on 05/05/2006 10:50:09 AM PDT by jaydubya2

LITCHFIELD, Conn. - A man who spray-painted large cannabis leaves on his house has agreed to remove the bright green paintings as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Christopher Seekins, of Winsted, was arrested in October when police discovered about 100 marijuana plants in his house. He said they were hemp and part of a research project.

After his arrest, Seekins painted images of the green leaf on his Victorian-style house, each accompanied by the word "hemp." Town officials say they received several complaints because Seekins' home _ on High Street _ is visible from Winsted's main thoroughfare.

Seekins has said the large leaves were painted in support of legalization of marijuana. He also believes in the usefulness of hemp, a biological relative of marijuana that is used in products from soap and cosmetics to rope and luggage.

Seekins, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday in Litchfield Superior Court to a charge of growing marijuana and Supervisory State's Attorney Andrew M. Wittstein agreed to three years probation. He was also barred from painting the leaves on his house again.

The state agreed to drop other charges, such as possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Seekins will have to perform 300 hours of community service and refrain from possessing or using illegal drugs.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 30.


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HIGH STREET?

1 posted on 05/05/2006 10:50:11 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: jaydubya2

Research project, honest Officer.


2 posted on 05/05/2006 10:52:12 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: jaydubya2
He was also barred from painting the leaves on his house again.

Well, he can still paint the buds.

3 posted on 05/05/2006 10:52:57 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: jaydubya2

Another example of giving a guy enough hemp to hang himself with.


4 posted on 05/05/2006 10:54:40 AM PDT by Muleteam1
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To: jaydubya2

You wanna get high?


5 posted on 05/05/2006 10:57:34 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: jaydubya2
Sounds like it worked.
6 posted on 05/05/2006 11:03:16 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Mr. Mojo

Or a bag of shake.


7 posted on 05/05/2006 11:04:23 AM PDT by Xenalyte (You're not the boss of Tiger Bot Hesh!)
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To: jaydubya2

He should have written "Arrest Me Now" on his house.


8 posted on 05/05/2006 11:35:14 AM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: jaydubya2

My Scout Troop goes through a lot of rope, for pioneering projects and such. We were at one of those reenactment days, and one of the vendor booths was selling hemp products, including rope. So I bought 100' of 1/4" hemp rope for our use.

It's a lot more flexible than manila rope. The fibers are more numerous and much finer. This actually makes it more difficult for the boys to splice, as they have little practice at it. That same property, however, makes it easier on the boys' hands when they go to tie knots and lashings. It's much stronger than sisal (the charts say it's about 10% stronger than manila), which is even coarser than manila rope is. I have yet to see how well it does lashings, but I expect it would be superior to manila in that regard.


9 posted on 05/05/2006 11:38:50 AM PDT by RonF
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To: Xenalyte

Or peyote and say it was a desert landscape.


10 posted on 05/05/2006 11:42:52 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: jaydubya2
Seekins, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday in Litchfield Superior Court to a charge of growing marijuana and Supervisory State's Attorney Andrew M. Wittstein agreed to three years probation. He was also barred from painting the leaves on his house again.

He got off easy. According to the pot activists he would have had all his property confiscated and served hard time, and his entire life ruined.

11 posted on 05/05/2006 11:45:02 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: wolfcreek

He painted the leaves after his arrest.


12 posted on 05/05/2006 11:46:24 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: jaydubya2

Nice house except for the graffiti.

13 posted on 05/05/2006 11:46:53 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: RonF

Iv'e seen shampoo that advertises it contains a hemp extract. It even has a pot leaf on the bottle!


14 posted on 05/05/2006 11:49:10 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: GSWarrior

15 posted on 05/05/2006 11:49:22 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: RonF
Here in northern Indiana, there were fields of hemp planted by the US government during WWII for making product such as rope. It still grows wild. Every year a few punks get busted picking the stuff. They don't realize it has zero potency.
16 posted on 05/05/2006 11:54:39 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: GSWarrior

I wonder how often that sign gets stolen...


17 posted on 05/05/2006 12:08:53 PM PDT by cryptical (Wretched excess is just barely enough.)
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To: jaydubya2

The lesson here people is that if you are going to be growing weed in your house its a better idea to paint "NO WEED INSIDE" on your house.


18 posted on 05/05/2006 12:10:37 PM PDT by boulderite20
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To: cryptical
Probably not as much as the one that says:

Weed
Next Exit


19 posted on 05/05/2006 12:14:54 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: jaydubya2

Shelled hemp seed is available at Whole Foods and other savy stores. It is an outstanding source of protein and omega 3's. An excellent sugar addiction fighter.

George Washington grew heaps of it at Mt. Vernon.


20 posted on 05/05/2006 12:53:21 PM PDT by Spirited
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To: traviskicks

ping


21 posted on 05/05/2006 2:59:04 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: jaydubya2; Supernatural; astoundedlib; Lady Jag
(from article)He was also barred from painting the leaves on his house again.

The state agreed to drop other charges, such as possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Seekins will have to perform 300 hours of community service and refrain from possessing or using illegal drugs.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Another case of "if you exercise the first amendment rights - we will punish you".

One point was made in this - We all know what the government fears.


22 posted on 05/05/2006 4:20:01 PM PDT by winston2 (In matters of necessity let there be unity, in matters of doubt liberty, and in all things charity:)
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To: winston2

Doesn't the government know what is best for us? Shouldn't they be running every aspect of our lives?


23 posted on 05/05/2006 4:24:26 PM PDT by Supernatural (I used to care but things have changed.)
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To: Supernatural
Doesn't the government know what is best for us? Shouldn't they be running every aspect of our lives?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Thomas Jefferson
He who governs least, governs best.

Thomas Jefferson
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

24 posted on 05/05/2006 4:42:22 PM PDT by winston2 (In matters of necessity let there be unity, in matters of doubt liberty, and in all things charity:)
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To: Mr. Mojo

lol...


25 posted on 05/05/2006 4:44:24 PM PDT by sit-rep (http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: winston2
The government fears bus stop harvesting?


26 posted on 05/05/2006 6:11:19 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Learning to shrug is the beginning of wisdom)
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To: Moonman62
According to the pot activists he would have had all his property confiscated and served hard time, and his entire life ruined.

"Pot activists" say that happens in EVERY case? Got any quotes to back up your claim?

27 posted on 05/05/2006 8:13:35 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Know your rights

The say it often enough to be overly repetitive, and you know it.


28 posted on 05/05/2006 8:22:50 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: Moonman62
Sorry, my question was ambiguously worded. Your statement, "According to the pot activists he would have had all his property confiscated and served hard time, and his entire life ruined" implies that "pot activists" say that EVERY person who gets arrested for intent-to-distribute amounts of pot has all his property confiscated, serves hard time, and has his entire life ruined. Can you produce any quotations that prove your claim that "pot activists" say this?
29 posted on 05/05/2006 8:28:01 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: jaydubya2
And what if, just suppose, what if he was doing research, and about to discover cure for that disease so worshipped (one might say) by the librals and gummints everywhere, AIDS?

Would Thomas Edison be able to run his lab, where he did all kinds of crazy things, in this day and age?

30 posted on 05/05/2006 8:31:57 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Know your rights
Tell you what. I'll point it out on the next pot thread where it occurs, which should be what, 40 minutes from now? Nobody cares except you, who wants to split hairs. Anybody who reads the thousands of pot threads that you and your cohorts post knows that when all else fails, you'll get the violin music going with the claim that pot users endure draconian punishment from the state.

As to whether it's every case, nobody cares. That's beside the point. The point is that somebody who got caught with 100 plants, and then was stupid enough to paint the pot symbol on his house was more worthy of the draconian punishment that the histrionic pot activists claim. Nobody cares if the claim is for every case, except pot activists such as yourself. I'm not playing your game of diversion.

31 posted on 05/05/2006 8:50:15 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: Moonman62
Your statement, "According to the pot activists he would have had all his property confiscated and served hard time, and his entire life ruined" implies that "pot activists" say that EVERY person who gets arrested for intent-to-distribute amounts of pot has all his property confiscated, serves hard time, and has his entire life ruined. Can you produce any quotations that prove your claim that "pot activists" say this?

Tell you what. I'll point it out on the next pot thread where it occurs

Tell you what ... I won't hold my breath; I've never seen it before and I don't expect to ever see it.

Nobody cares except you, who wants to split hairs. [...] I'm not playing your game of diversion.

Words mean things; pointing out what your words meant is neither "splitting hairs" nor a "game of diversion." You tried to score cheap points with a bogus claim and got caught. Deal with it.

32 posted on 05/05/2006 9:00:03 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Know your rights

I made it clear for you what I meant. This guy deserved worse punishment than what the activists usually claim happens to pot users who get caught (Which you claim doesn't exist. Fine, I don't care. I'll let the readers decide. I'm not going off on a diversionary chase.).


33 posted on 05/05/2006 9:04:50 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: Moonman62
what the activists usually claim happens to pot users who get caught

If they don't claim it happens to every pot user who gets caught, there is no basis for your statement, "According to the pot activists he would have had all his property confiscated and served hard time, and his entire life ruined."

You tried to score cheap points with a bogus claim and got caught. Deal with it.

34 posted on 05/05/2006 9:11:36 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Know your rights

This is just one pot thread of thousands. It isn't a court room. See you on the next pot thread, or the next, or the next , or the next, LOL! As to what I said and what you said, I'll let the reader decide.


35 posted on 05/05/2006 9:22:36 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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