Elderly Farmer Accidentally Grows Field of Pot
The culprit: Bird food with hemp seeds, he says
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 6, 2012 4:56 PM CDT
Updated Sep 9, 2012 9:01 AM CDT
A grower points to the part of the marijuana plant that will eventually flower.   (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

(Newser) – Want to keep the drug police off your property? Don't sow your land with birdseed. That's what a 74-year-old German farmer says he did—and the bird food contained hemp seeds, resulting in an accidental 10-foot-high cannabis crop, Der Spiegel reports. He explained that he wanted to grow sunflowers, police said. "But because he didn't have any sunflower seeds, he instead scattered half a sack of old bird seed he had at home." He swears he didn't know he was growing pot. As the police watched, the farmer plowed up the 3,000-square-foot field.

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$28919642
Sep 10, 2012 8:08 AM CDT
Chirp.
right2dave
Sep 10, 2012 6:46 AM CDT
Now what is he going to do eoth hid blunts?
jdavis
Sep 8, 2012 8:19 PM CDT
I would be willing to bet this was nonTHC Hemp. It wasn't pot. In fact - if I am correct and it was Industrial Hemp than this guy did the area a favor cause the soil is better off after you plant hemp on it. They basically destroyed a bunch of plant material that could be used to make paper, food with seed, textiles... etc. Are you sure the authorities checked to see what it was. I believe Industrial Hemp is legal to be grown in Germany - you just need a permit. Im assuming on that.