Gran Learns She’s Growing Marijuana On Live BBC Radio
A 65-year-old pensioner had no idea that the mysterious plant that was growing in her garden was actually cannabis.
Patricia Hewitson, of Exmouth, Devon, had long been confused by the strange plant that was giving off a peculiar smell. Firstly, she asked some friends whether they knew anything about the plant and then posted a picture of it on Facebook, but had no luck – no one seemed to know what the plant was.
The old lady then asked a BBC radio show to help her identify the 5ft-high shrub. She emailed pictures of the plant to BBC Devon’s gardening show named The Potting Shed.
Patricia was quickly informed on air that the shrub was a cannabis plant.
Patricia told the show that she first saw the shrub in July, adding that she had a “slight suspicion as to what it was but didn’t really know”. She added that her husband, who studied botany, assured her it was “nothing to worry about”.
Sarah Chesters, one of the program’s presenters explained to Patricia that the plant in question is marijuana.
“I knew immediately, not because I’m an expert but because I have come across the plant in a professional capacity… it is a cannabis plant. This is a first for us, it may have happened in the past and no one has owned up to it. I’m afraid you are growing an illegal plant so we’ll have to do something about that.”
Although the police had been informed, they would not be pressing charges since Patricia hadn’t known it was cannabis.
Sgt Ryan Canning, of Devon and Cornwall police, explained that cannabis is illegal to grow without a license.
“If you come into possession of an illegal drug such as cannabis, you must either destroy it or take it to a police officer. The lady has committed an offence although there are mitigating circumstances so we would not look to take it further although we would take it away.”