Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 12, 2013

Sign specifies plant 'Not Pot'

Kokomo Tribune

---- — WARREN (AP) — A northeastern Indiana woman put a sign that says, “Hibiscus, Not Pot,” in her front yard at a police officer’s suggestion.

Kim Miller said the marijuana-looking plant outside her house in the Huntington County town of Warren is a flowering hibiscus plant has sentimental value since it was gift from a former neighbor.

“It’s hurtful that people in town would think that I would be so bold as to plant marijuana in my front yard,” Miller told WANE-TV.

A town police officer checked out the plant to make sure it wasn’t marijuana and the department suggested the sign to Miller.

“We do come across [marijuana] in ditches and things like that but not in the front of someone’s yard,” town Marshal Dennis Spitler said.

Miller said she hopes the sign ends rumors in the 1,200-person town about 20 miles south of Fort Wayne.

“It’s only caused more people to stop and investigate, ask more questions and kind of be the town joke,” she said. “... Maybe word will get around town and it’ll stop.”