Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pensioner fined for cannabis bush grown from seedling given to her as present by neighbour

A German pensioner was fined by a court on Monday when a seedling given to her by a neighbour grew into a huge cannabis bush. It was over two metres high before police came knocking on her door. In May 2012, Christine W. received the seedling as a present from her neighbour.

“Our neighbour Bernd knows a lot about herbal remedies. I thought it was a mimosa plant,” she told the judge in the Saxony Anhalt court. Not knowing what it was, the 63-year-old planted the seedling. “I have green fingers. The bush was tiny in May, but in August it was over two metres high," she told the judge with pride.

But in September 2012, eight police officers raided Christine’s garden in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, and seized the plant, which had been placed on the compost heap after a storm. The case was brought before a court in Merseburg where Christine's lawyer defended her actions. “My client had no idea what she was growing," he said.

The judge agreed. The couple were ordered to donate their €100 fine to an organisation working with young people to prevent drug addiction and the case was closed. Their neighbour Bernd E. was given fourteen months probation in November 2012 for making hash schnapps. Christine says she was unaware of his conviction.


WilliamRocket said...

That mary jane leads to murder, anarchy and munchies.
I don't partake myself, my only drug is coffee, oh, and the one in chocolate, but I do find it hard to believe that it is still illegal.
They tax tobacco and alcohol, how is hash any worse and think of the income that the government would get (rather than those who sell it illegally).
Really, I should be the fat controller of the world, because I am sensible.

Jeff said...

Hash schnapps? You can do that? Interesting...