Great-granny's cannabis butter cooks up high school trouble

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 24 2023 03:56 PM

SYDNEY — An Australian great-grandmother said she is "extremely remorseful" after letting a teenager use her cannabis butter to cook a batch of muffins to share with friends at school.

Pam Annette Bickerton, 73, faced a pre-sentencing hearing at Adelaide Magistrates Court last week, after admitting to a count of supplying or administering a controlled drug to a child, court documents showed.

She had prepared the drug-laced butter to help deal with a sleeping disorder, the April 19 court hearing heard, according to a report in the Adelaide Advertiser.

The teenager, who has not been identified, woke up the great-grandmother to ask to use the cannabis butter for some muffins, the court was reportedly told.

"Still in a state of tiredness and unfortunately … she said 'go for it – just make sure that you clean up afterwards'," her lawyer was quoted as saying.

Bickerton was "extremely remorseful", the court heard.

Magistrate Justin Wickens said it was "somewhat concerning" that the elderly defendant knew the teen would share the muffins with friends.

"As it turns out, it went to school, which is unfortunate but that is not something that was in your client's mind at the time," he was quoted as saying.

Bickerton is due back in court for sentencing on May 4.

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