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Police take pot plants from SOU dorm room

ASHLAND — Police on Tuesday confiscated four marijuana plants a Southern Oregon University student was growing in his dorm room.

The 19-year-old student, whose name was not released because he has not been charged with a crime, told police he planted pot seeds in a container in his room in the Greensprings Residence Hall "to see if they would grow," said Lt. Corey Falls of the Ashland Police Department.

SOU officials received a complaint about the plants and forwarded the information to the Ashland Police Department. Officers found four 3-inch sprouts in the room, located in the 400 block of Wightman Street, at 9:30 p.m., Falls said.

Officers declined to cite the student, likely because the plants were just seedlings, but they did pass the case on to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office, which could decide to charge him with unlawfully manufacturing marijuana, Falls said.

According to police the student did not have a medical marijuana card, which enables people to grow small amounts of marijuana. Falls said it's not unusual to hear about students growing pot.

"I'm sure that it's fairly common," he said. "There's certainly marijuana use going on."