Scotland: Midlothian foster mum found with £6K of cannabis after ‘lockdown madness’ led to hobby

A foster carer who cared for more than 400 children started growing ten plants in her Midlothian garage for alleged personal use during the Covid-19 lockdowns

A Scots foster carer who has looked after more than 400 children was caught with a £6000 cannabis farm in her garage.

Elizabeth Marshall started growing ten plants for her personal use in what her lawyer described as “lockdown madness”.

The 62-year-old set up the hydroponic system to grow the Class B drug and a court heard she became “quite good at it”.

But her cultivation was busted after a blaze broke out nearby and firefighters checked the garage next to her Midlothian home.

Marshall, who had been a foster carer for 33 years, immediately resigned from the role with the local authority following her arrest.

She appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday and pled guilty to a charge of producing cannabis, the Daily Record reports.

Fiscal depute Sanah Idrees said police were called by firefighters at around 4.20pm on October 17 last year

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