Tara woman mistakes cannabis for tomato seedlings
A TARA woman stood nervously before the Dalby Magistrate Court on Tuesday morning on one charge of producing dangerous drugs.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Derek Brady told the court that Andrea Lynette Foster had accidentally grown cannabis at her home after they were mixed up with tomato seeds.
"On May 13, 2020 police arrived at the defendant's home with a search warrant," Sgt Brady said.
"On further inspection of the property, police found several cannabis plants growing in a plastic pot ranging from 20-40cm in height.
"When police questioned the defendant on how she came to be in possession of the illicit drug, she had no recollection and told them she was only trying to grow tomato plants."
Sgt Brady also told the court that it wasn't until the cannabis plants grew that the defendant recognised what they were, recognising the leaves from a documentary.
Foster apologised to Magistrate Judge Tracy Mossop every chance she could, saying that producing the drug was never her intention.
"I didn't realise what it was," Foster said.
"I won't be gardening anymore after this."
Sympathetic to the rather peculiar circumstance, Judge Mossop commended Foster for co-operation with police.
"It seems to me that you are a victim of curiosity," Judge Mossop said.
Foster was cleared of her charge and not further punished.
No conviction was recorded.