Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Edmonton Journal
Police patrolling the Pacific Highway along Australia’s central east coast were somewhat surprised by what they found after stopping a 76-year-old man at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning.
The surprise was not the result of the random breath test, why the vehicle was stopped, but because what police call “interaction and conversations” with the driver prompted officers to carry out a vehicle search for prohibited drugs, according to The Echo.
The search paid off, with the police reportedly discovering eight garbage bags containing 75 smaller bags, each filled with what they believed to be cannabis, in the boot of the vehicle. The total haul amounted to 36 kilograms.
It’s not an everyday occurrence, but seniors have been cited for growing or transporting cannabis in the past. Last year in Nova Scotia, for example, a 68-year-old driver was stopped for swerving between the shoulder and demarcated lines of Highway 105. Police found a substantial haul of cannabis products — including homemade edibles, homemade cannabis butter, cannabis, cannabis cotton candy and cannabis chocolates — inside the vehicle.
In Ontario, a 65-year-old gardener who worked at a licensed cannabis operation that skirted regulations escaped a criminal record and was granted a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to cultivating cannabis. The operation exceed its limit of plants by 50.
And this senior in Pennsylvania even rolled out the figurative red carpet for police, helpfully admitting that there was a grow-op inside and guiding officers on a tour of the illicit operation.