Surprise! In the same week that Uruguay began selling weed for recreational use, the internet is losing it over the mysterious appearance of what seems to be a cannabis plant in a park in the city of Rafaela, in the Santa Fe province. Why is this news? Why indeed. Don’t look at us, we’re just reporting what people are talking about. This story is apparently so important that it’s been published here, here, here, here, and here.
According to local authorities, the plant’s origins “are unknown,” in the same way the origins of the marijuana fields in my Washington State hometown are unknown.
Which leaves one to wonder: where did the plant come from? Have weed seeds gone airborne? Did someone in illegal possession sprinkle them throughout the plaza, as Infobae speculates? Was this politically motivated? Were they high? Is it a gift from Uruguay? A prophecy?
This baby cannabis sprouted right in front of the Federal Court in the main square of the city – an anarchic move on the part of the plant, except that it remained hidden among a bunch of flowers. This means that if you’re looking for naturally-occurring weed outside some Argentine governmental buildings, you’d have to actively search. Argentina has some dedicated citizens upholding their civic duty.
Inevitably, the plant’s birth inevitably went viral on Twitter.
In reply to an Infobae tweet about the story, @ronquitaa from Venezuela responded with this GIF and said, “I have always said that Argentina can only be surpassed by Argentina, my second homeland. I miss you so much, my Argentina.”
Siempre lo he dicho Argentina solo es superada por Argentina mi segunda patria. ? cuanto te extraño amo Argentina mía.
— RonquitaSOSVzla ?? (@ronquitaa) July 21, 2017
In response to a San Juan TV report, Twitter user @CrIsTiAnSPeJo23 said, “While in Uruguay they sell it in pharmacies, here we plant it in parks. We’re always one step ahead.”
Si en Uruguay la venden en las farmacias.. Acá se planta en las plazas, siempre un paso más adelante nosotros..??
— CristiaN.E.C. (@CrIsTiAnSPeJo23) July 21, 2017
@sandramarano2 asked @raceduardo3 if he thought it was a ficus.
Creiste que era un ficus? @raceduardo3
— Soy Yo… ..San !!! (@sandramarano2) July 21, 2017
This is all fun and games, but remember: though you can possess five grams or less of cannabis in Argentina, possessing larger amounts or selling, growing, or transporting the plant remains illegal. However, there is no law that prevents the plant itself from sprouting spontaneously in front of governmental buildings. In the event that this offense occurs again, the most authorities can do to uphold the city’s honor is burn or uproot the plant.
Hot tip: the latter option is better for preserving the sobriety of Argentina’s political leaders, in case an entire field sprouted one morning in front of the Casa Rosada.