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Weed Problem in Ohio Town, but not the Smoking Kind

The proposed law that puts homeowners in jail for high weeds may not become a reality after the issue sparked national interest and even ended up on the Drudge Report.

The proposed law that puts homeowners in jail for high weeds may not become a reality after the issue sparked national interest and even ended up on the Drudge Report.

A proposed amendment by the Canton City Council in Ohio could put homeowners who let their weeds and grass grow too high in jail.

As the law stands now, according to The Repository in Canton, more than 8 inches constitutes high grass or weeds and first-time violators face a minor misdemeanor, which carries up to a $150 fine and no jail time.

The new law would make a second offense a fourth-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $250 and up to 30 days in jail. Ouch!

But here’s the rub: With an increasing number of homes in foreclosure, and owned by the bank, there’s no one to throw into the pokey.

I mean, you can’t jail a bank. Can you?

What do you think about this proposed law? Do you have a few neighbors who could use a wake-up call on their weed issues?

(Photo: Kathy Price-Robinson)


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