A Bismarck man may be charged with a class C felony after attempting to pass off grass clippings as marijuana.
Around 1 a.m. on July 12, Bismarck Police received a call from a woman claiming a man tried to sell her marijuana in a parking lot. Officers dispatched to 2400 E Main. Ave and made contact with the person in question. The 29-year-old Bismarck man agreed to be searched, and officers found a bag with a green substance in his pants pocket. Upon further inspection, the substance was found to be nothing but grass clippings. According to the affidavit, the officers claim it could be easily mistaken as marijuana.
Two other witnesses say he was attempting to sell to them as well. At first the suspect claimed it was marijuana, then said it was synthetic. After the witnesses refused to buy, he said, "Just kidding, it's grass."
It is a class C felony to manufacture, distribute, or possess with intent to distribute an imitation controlled substance. If charged, he could face up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines.