Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Jail Time for Growing Grass (not the kind you smoke)

C'mon...doesn't law enforcement and the court system there have better things to prosecute than people who let their lawns grow too high? I'm all for nice neighborhoods, but this seems a little ridiculous to me. The entire article can be found here.

CANTON (OH) For residents tired of that overgrown lot that resembles a minijungle next door, the city wants to help by trying to put high-grass violators behind bars.

City Council wants to beef up its existing high-grass and weeds law by making a second offense a fourth-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $250 and up to 30 days in jail.

In the spring and summer, it's not uncommon for council members to field complaints from residents about overgrown lots owned by individuals or banks and corporations that ignore the law and notices in the mail.

More than 8 inches constitutes high grass or weeds, according to city law. First-time violators now face a minor misdemeanor, which carries up to a $150 fine and no jail time.


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