Farmer ‘Accidentally’ Grows Over 1,000 Pot Plants

He says he only meant to grow tall sunflower plants, but instead a 74-year-old German farmer unknowingly planted and grew a crop of over 1,000 cannabis shrubs instead.

Police investigated the flowerless “sunflowers” when people living in the town called to report the plants.  The officers made him destroy the plants, which were growing on what used to be a potato field, according to NBC NEWS.

Police reported that the farmer appeared astonished when they told him what the crops actually are, and hat he had sprinkled half a sack of old bird seed there, and was surprised at how quickly large unfamiliar plants grew in that area.  He said he did not recognize them.

Under German law, it is a crime to “knowingly” grow cannabis.

“The friendly elderly gentleman was surprised at the strange plants that had grown next to the flowers, but did not identify them as cannabis plants,” a police officer said in a statement.  “The farmer promptly ploughed up the field with the tractor under the watchful eyes of the police,” police spokesman Stefan Brabetz added to NBC NEWS.

The officers reported that the type of cannabis was too weak to have intoxicating effect and could not have led to addiction.

“Nevertheless, the case is being presented to the local prosecutor’s office and a judge will have to decide whether formal charges need to be filed or not,” Brabetz said.