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West Hartford man arrested for growing marijuana in his backyard: Police

West Hartford man speaks after being arrested for growing marijuanna in his backyard.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — A West Hartford man was allegedly growing more than 30 plants of marijuana in his backyard, police said.

Luke Kist, 38, was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute after police were called to his home last month.

Police received a complaint regarding marijuana being grown in the yard of a home in West Hartford on Aug. 23. The Community Support Unit (CSU) found that several mature marijuana plants could be seen by the public in the home’s backyard.

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On Sept. 16, members of the SCU and the Statewide Narcotics Task Force went to the home and seized about 31 marijuana plants.

Photos released by the police department showed multiple plants growing in the backyard of a home and what appeared to them hanging at a state police faciliy.

Credit: West Hartford Police
West Hartford police found more than 30 marijuana plants growing at a local home. This photo is from a state police facility.

Kist was released on a $10,000 bond and is expected in court on Sept. 28.

In Connecticut, residents over 21 can legally possess and consume marijuana. Since 2021, the law limits possession up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis flowers in public, and up to five ounces of marijuana in someone's private residence.


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