‘California Grannies’ Busted for Growing Weed

Two women, ages 65 and 72, arrested with 800 pot plants
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2011 7:26 PM CDT
‘California Grannies’ Busted for Growing Weed
Two California senior citizens found a unique way to make a living.   (Getty Images)

Authorities have dubbed them the "marijuana grannies." Police in San Bruno, California, arrested Aleen Lam, 72, and Virginia Chan Pon, 65, after officers found 800 pot plants and a bypass to steal electricity from PG&E in the women's house, reports AP. The senior duo faces a slew of related charges.

"I have never seen or heard of women in their 60s and 70s running a grow house," District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe tells the San Francisco Chronicle. "I certainly hope it is aberrational rather than a trend. I suppose profiteering in illegal enterprises crosses all the generations." (Read more marijuana stories.)

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