COEUR D'ALENE -- A former congressional candidate spotted something strange growing in his front-yard garden this week.
Democrat Cecil Kelly, who lost to Larry Grant in the May primary, says he found a marijuana plant growing next to the cucumbers and squash.
He says the plant seemed to be a sign that he should speak his mind about drug laws, so he called local media and then he called police.
Kelly says he doesn't use marijuana, but thinks the drug should be legalized and turned over to the tobacco companies.
He says some of the profit from marijuana sales could go to fight stronger drugs like methamphetamine.
Detective Eric Paull with the Kootenai County Joint Drug Task Force says it's surprising that the plant could have grown next to a busy sidewalk without being noticed.
He says a wayward seed from a patron at one of the nearby bars was the likely culprit.