Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - A stunning floral bouquet that scooped the Ras Al Khaimah Horticultural Society Autumn Show first prize has been impounded by local police after testing positive for 100% Cannabis Sativa blossom.
Distraught competitor Mrs Fattima Kamel said she felt doubly penalised after judges confiscated her First Prize rosette and banned her from exhibiting for the next five years.
In an interview with Ras Al Khaimah NewsCorpse reporters this weekend Mrs K said she'd personally cultivated the bouquet's blooms from packet of seeds sent to her by gardening chums in Colorado Springs, USA.
"Nobody ever said it was haram," she said as news of the flower show drama went viral, "and they looked lovely on my verandah in their twelve inch terracotta pipes, uh, pots...Tubs!"
Later this evening Ras Al Khaimah's directorate of security put out a statement saying the floral display had been seized on national security grounds amid reports Iranian 'spies' had been seen lurking outside the horticultural venue.
The tiny Arabian Gulf sheikhdom straddles the northernmost tip of the United Arab Emirates slap back in front of the Straits of Hormuz, a stonesthrow from Bandar Abbas on the Iranian mainland where the notorious Persian navy has its base.
Last year the Ruler of neighboring Ajman - an even smaller and less significant emirate within the UAE - claimed Iranian sorcerers were behind imports of cannabis into his tiny fiefdom where possession of even a small spliff can be punished by stoning to death.
Mrs Kamel's hydroponic garden will now grow curly kale.