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Weed owner could be a millionaire, as soon as he or she picks up “misplaced” stash found by police, notes Facebook post from sheriff known for using humour in social media posts.

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Angela Stelmakowich

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Oct 12, 2021  •  October 12, 2021  •  3 minute read  •  Join the conversation The Facebook post coaxes the forgetful bud owner to visit the Criminal Investigative Services building in Rockledge “and claim your property with absolutely no strings attached!!” /The Facebook post coaxes the forgetful bud owner to visit the Criminal Investigative Services building in Rockledge “and claim your property with absolutely no strings attached!!” / Photo by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office

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There was no turning the cheek for a number of people commenting on a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Facebook post announcing that whoever had lost US$2 million ($2.5 million) in illegal weed could drop by and pick it up.

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“If you happened to have lost or misplaced approximately 770 pounds of high-grade marijuana and would like to have your property returned, please contact our Narcotics Agents and we will be more than happy to reunite you with your lost property!!” reads the post from BCSO Sheriff Wayne Ivey .

The post features a room full of what appears to be packaged dried flower.

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The saucy, exclamation point-laden message about cannabis recently found in a mini-storage facility in Viera explained that the BCSO was simply trying to be “good and kind” by reuniting the owner with his or her belongings. “I mean, trying to identify the rightful owner of the property is the very least we can do, especially since it has a street value of roughly two million dollars!!” it adds.

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Recreational cannabis remains illegal in Florida. While possessing up to 20 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanour offence punishable by as long as a year of incarceration and a maximum fine of US$1,000 ($1,250), it becomes a felony with potential jail time and fine upping five times to five years and US$5,000 ($6,250) if the amount is between 20 grams and 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms), notes H.G. Legal Resources .

The Facebook post coaxes the forgetful bud owner to visit the Criminal Investigative Services building in Rockledge “and claim your property with absolutely no strings attached!!”

After confirming ownership, the plan is to ensure “both you and your property are kept in a secure area so that no one can try to rip you off!!” the snarky post informs the prospective claimant. Indeed, the BCSO would even “throw in an all expenses paid extensive ‘staycation’ so that you can reflect for a while on exactly how much your lost property means to you!!”

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Many of those commenting on the post were none-too-pleased about the flip tone, or the fact that recreational cannabis remains illegal.

“You can delete our comments all you want, snowflakes. We’re still ending the war on drugs and forcing you chuckleheads to go after real criminals instead of harassing people over plants,” notes one peeved poster.

“Mom! The sheriff’s department is out here stealing grandma’s plants again,” another added.

One commenter opted for being more constructive, albeit still with some shade in the BCSO’s direction. “Instead of incinerating this stolen property, you should auction it to a medical dispensary so they can analyze and ensure quality. Then, have government grants in place to allow them to GIVE it away to those who could benefit from it,” the post states.

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According to Fox News, Ivey has long used social media in a humorous way. Some have suggested the sheriff sometimes goes too far, with Ivey being called “the most politically incorrect sheriff in the country,” the news outlet reports.

Offences that have contributed to the dubious distinction include offerings like “Fishing for Fugitives,” “Cooking up Justice,” “Truth be Told” and “Wheel of Fugitive,” the latter involving where a spin of a wheel that produces the “fugitive of the week,” per Florida Today .

Ivey’s reception on the Fox News article, though, seemed to be more welcoming than on the Facebook post. “I love this guy he outdoes himself every time. We could use a few more like him to ease the tension these days with a little humor,” notes one commenter .

“The Democrats don’t need to come claim their pot stash, they’ve got plenty more where that came from,” adds another.

According to a USA Today article published yesterday, the viral post has garnered more than 39,000 likes.

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