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Confiscated marijuana grow lights donated to New London school program

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NEW LONDON — Lights that were once used for illegal indoor marijuana growing operations are being put to a new use at a New London high school.

The Day of New London reports that thousands of dollars of grow lights confiscated during a recent drug bust were donated to the Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut. They’re now in a greenhouse helping to grow crops for culinary and environmental programs.

School Resource Officer Max Bertsch said the idea stemmed from a partnership between the schools, police and the court system.

Police asked the Statewide Narcotics Task Force what happens to grow lights that are seized from illegal marijuana operations and were told that it was up to prosecutors and the presiding judge in a case to make that determination.