- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2014

A 65-year-old grandmother had a bit of a shock Sunday when she was informed on a BBC radio show that the mystery shrub growing in her garden is actually a five-foot cannabis plant.

Patricia Hewitson initially posted a photo of the plant on Facebook asking her friends and family if they knew what it was. Still baffled, she called into BBC Devon’s Sunday gardening program “The Potting Shed” to put an end to the mystery,” The Daily Mirror reported.

“Oh dear,” the unwitting grandmother replied after host Sarah Chesters informed her that it’s a cannabis plant growing under her bird feeder.

“I knew immediately,” Miss Chesters said. “Not because I’m an expert but because I have come across the plant in a professional capacity. … It is a cannabis plant.”

Miss Hewitson was told that police had been informed but would not be pressing charges because she didn’t know it was cannabis.

“I found it very funny — possibly a source of pensioner income,” she told Mirror.

The plant has reportedly been cut down and composted.

Sgt Ryan Canning, of Devon and Cornwall police, said: “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 offense although there are mitigating circumstances so we would not look to take it further although we would take it away,” he said, Mirror reported.

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