Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time

Everyone is waiting for the peak time to go view the 1912 Yoshino cherry trees blossoms in Washington DC and each year it is always a guess until the last minute when is the best time to travel over to see them.   Cherry Blossom watching is the equivalent of groundhog day for Washington DC.  Forecasters have pushed back the peak bloom time until April 3 thru 6th.  The Park Service expects no impact, at least on the Cherry Blossom Festival, from sequester budget cuts.

The crime museum in Washington DC (575 7th Street, just south of F Street before you reach E Street) recently did a survey and found that 17% of people going to see the blossoms will also steal blossoms as a keepsake.  The lowlifes.  Don't they know that is a violation of Federal Law to steal blossoms from a Federal Park?  One of many laws that rule our lives. 

The Lacey Act provides that it is unlawful for any person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase any fish or wildlife or plant taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any law, treaty, or regulation of the United States or in violation of any Indian tribal law whether in interstate or foreign commerce. Violation of this federal act can result in civil penalties up to $10,000 per each violation or maximum criminal sanctions of $20,000 in fines and/or up to five years imprisonment. All plants or animals taken in violation of the Act are subject to forfeiture as well as all vessels, vehicles, aircraft, and other equipment used to aid in the importing, exporting, transporting, selling, receiving, acquiring, or purchasing of fish or wildlife or plants in a criminal violation of this chapter for which a felony conviction is obtained where the owner should have known of the illegal transgression.

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