23. November 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: News

(I think the judge should have sentenced her to 250 hours of reed making, myself.)

A New Plymouth woman who played classical music to her cannabis plants to encourage them to grow was yesterday sentenced to community work.

Solo mother-of-three Zarah Murphy cultivated 20 cannabis plants in a room with photos of healthy plants as role models on the walls and played them “nice classical music”, her lawyer Pamela Jensen told New Plymouth District Court yesterday.

Ms Jensen said Murphy was growing the plants for her own use, to treat her diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder, the Taranaki Daily News reported.

She was undergoing psychotherapy for her condition and could possibly attend drug counselling in future, Ms Jensen said.

Judge Allan Roberts said the converted room was a “pretty good effort” in which to grow the plants.

He sentenced Murphy to 250 hours’ community work, including the remission of $1235 in unpaid fines.

Found here.


  1. I’m really glad this dangerous criminal was penalized for her reckless actions. I hope they find everyone else who commits such heinous acts and lock ’em up.

    Pot plants prefer Led Zeppelin. Not that I know from personal experience, but that’s what I’ve heard. Oh, and black-light posters (in a pinch, Peter Max will do).

  2. I’m going to assume you are correct, Tim. My plants never speak to me. (But I did a science experiment in high school where I played music to some plants, talked to others, and left some in silence. IIRC, they all grew just the same … such disappointment!)

    I do know that I have to use opium when listening to Berlioz. Or … um … okay, not really. (I never got into the drug thing; must be the nerdy oboist thing …?)