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In a press release entitled "All you need is love, or how a hippie celebrates Christmas," police in the western city of Koblenz said they found the big cannabis plant in the living room of the suspect, reports AFP.
"A hippie celebrates Christmas too, just differently," read the release. "The two-meter-tall marijuana plant had been put in a Christmas tree stand and decorated with a string of lights."
"When asked, the hashish fan told the perplexed officers that he had intended to add more decorations to the 'tree' and place the presents under it, according to tradition."
Narcotics detectives stumbled on the unconventional Christmas tree while searching the home of an "old 68er," a reference to the groups of young students and workers who participated in political protests which swept across Germany in 1968, reports The Local.
The Grinch-like cops seized the plant plus 150 grams (5.3 ounces) of marijuana found in the apartment.
The man "more or less willingly" handed over the 150 grams to the officers, according to the report.
The "old hippie" in Koblenz isn't the only German having a high holiday season.
Authorities on Tuesday said that a 21-year-old man in the southern city of Munich had been arrested for a homemade Advent calendar with cannabis behind each little door, instead of chocolate.
That suspect was released but now faces charges of possessing drugs.