Tennessee: 180 Marijuana Plants Found At 77-Year-Old Congressional Candidate's House
By Derrick Stanley
Flo Matheson, a 77-year-old candidate for Congress in Tennessee, is facing legal problems after police found more than 180 marijuana plants on her property.
She denies knowing about the grow operation but she speaks out about what she calls a bad law.
"I smoke marijuana," Matheson said in an interview with KXAN TV. "I'm guilty. I did it."
She said she knows it's illegal but there's no such thing as bad publicity so she's now using it to help her campaign.
“I really don’t regret that this happened,” Matheson said in an interview with KXAN TV. "It’s been a life changing experience for me in that it has made me more defiant and determined to try and get these laws changed.”
It was last Friday the Crossville Police Department served a search warrant at Matheson's home. They found more than 180 plants in a barn behind her house.
“I had never seen them – I never went back there,” Matheson says.
She said her friend Stephen Harrington needed a place to stay and that he used the barn and fixed things around her house.
She said that he was a disabled vet and was homeless and penniless.
But police found two ounces of pot, cash, and a gun inside her house.
She said it was given to her by a friend that owes her money.
"I guess I would say I smoke it about 2 or three times a week," she said in the interview.
Matheson said she understands people may doubt her leadership now.
"I do", she said and laughed. " But, I tell ya I don't feel that bad about breaking a bad law."