AUSTRALIA: Becoming a green thumb may have taken on new meaning for a crop of elderly ladies facing court on marijuana charges.
At least three women, aged between 74 and 80, have faced court charged with supplying or possessing marijuana.
In one case, for great grandmother Noelene Edwards, it was her first known criminal offence. Maroubra woman Barbara Patricia Stiff, 78, made her first appearance in Waverley Local Court last week charged with supplying and possessing a prohibited drug as well as dealing with suspected proceeds of crime.
Court documents said 67.86g of marijuana was found “in her possession” as well as $395 in cash and “there are reasonable grounds to suspect is the proceeds of crime”.
The items were found during a raid on her home in July, performed after a 36 year old man was allegedly found with cannabis as he left the unit.
The Malabar woman is yet to enter a plea to the charges. Her case returns to Waverley Local Court on September 3.
Earlier this month, Central Coast police charged an 80 year old Umina Beach woman with supplying cannabis shortly after a raid on her home.
She will face Woy Woy Local Court on October 22. Two younger men were charged as part of the same drug operation.
Edwards, who was found to have almost 38g of the drug in her handbag while on her way to make a payment on her long term partner’s funeral bill, was given a two-year good behaviour bond.
Almost $150 in a small container was found in her handbag, but Magistrate Clare Farnan said there was “no evidence” the inner-Sydney resident intended to sell the drug.
About 6000 people charged with marijuana possession last year were let off with cautions.