In an unusual incident, a great-grandmother from Sydney, Australia, found herself facing legal consequences after unknowingly permitting a teenager to use her cannabis-infused butter to bake muffins. The muffins were later shared with friends at school, leading to an investigation and subsequent court hearing. The great-grandmother, Pam Annette Bickerton, 73, expressed deep regret for her actions, which she attributed to her groggy state at the time of the request.
Cannabis butter, or “cannabutter,” is a popular method of ingesting cannabis for its therapeutic properties. In this particular case, Bickerton had prepared the cannabis-infused butter to help her deal with a sleeping disorder. According to a report in the Adelaide Advertiser, the teenager, whose identity has not been disclosed, woke up Bickerton to ask if they could use the cannabis butter to bake muffins.
A Tired Mistake
Still groggy from her sleep, Bickerton agreed to let the teenager use the butter, with her only condition being that they clean up afterward. Bickerton’s lawyer stated that she was “extremely remorseful” for her actions, which led to the muffins being shared with friends at school.
During the pre-sentencing hearing at Adelaide Magistrates Court, Bickerton admitted to a count of supplying or administering a controlled drug to a child. Magistrate Justin Wickens found it “somewhat concerning” that Bickerton knew the teenager would share the muffins with friends, although he acknowledged that she did not know the muffins would be taken to school.
This unfortunate incident serves as a reminder of the importance of exercising caution when using cannabis products, especially around minors. It also highlights the need for clear communication and education about the potential risks and consequences of cannabis use. Bickerton’s case underscores the importance of remaining vigilant, even in seemingly harmless situations. As the legal proceedings continue, it remains to be seen what further consequences Bickerton will face for her unintentional actions. (Source)
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