Written by James McClure for Civilized.
It’s so common nowadays to hear about former child stars getting into legal trouble that it’s more surprising when they grow up to be functional adults. But few went off the rails with the same entrepreneurial spirit of Susan Olsen (a.k.a. Cindy Brady) who moonlighted as an illegal marijuana grower after The Brady Bunch wrapped.
Olsen – who turns 55 today – opened up about growing pot during a 2015 with Australia’s news.com.au. “It was my husband’s idea,” she said, “my husband at the time and I grew it hydroponically. It was really fascinating and I’ve always been into ‘gardening’ and it’s such a complicated, wonderfully fascinating plant.”
However, she didn’t enjoy partaking in the fruits of her labor. “I have never really enjoyed smoking it, it makes me paranoid,” she said.
And she soon broke up with her husband because she felt uncomfortable about breaking the law. “[T]hat was one of the reasons why I did leave my husband, because it just bothered me too much that we were doing something so illegal.”