Wife forgot about dead husband's marijuana plants

WHEN Clair Marie Vale's husband died, no one remembered the "pot" plants.

The 53-year-old Yeppoon woman fronted the Rockhampton District Court yesterday, pleading guilty to possessing and producing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils.

Prosecutor Jessica Cryer said police executed a search warrant on Vale's Yeppoon address on May 26 last year.

Ms Cryer said 273g of marijuana was found drying in the roof, while another 503g was located in packages around the house.

A water pipe and grinder were also found.

Defence barrister Maree Willey told the court Vale's husband had planted the marijuana.

She said when he died, Vale forgot about the plants.

"She never tended to them," Ms Willey said.

"It was very unsophisticated."

Eventually, Vale remembered they were there and decided to get rid of them by harvesting the marijuana.

Ms Willey said the marijuana was only for Vale's personal use.

She described Vale's drug habit as "private" and said she had since given it up.

Judge Brian Devereaux fined Vale $1000 for producing the marijuana and $500 for possessing it.

She was also ordered to forfeit the utensils.

Convictions were recorded.


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