A woman who cut flower buds to sell online was fined $25,000 by a Texas judge and ordered to pay a $25 per day fine for selling a small flower that she didn’t even grow.
The woman, who has not been identified, pleaded guilty in May to violating the state’s law against growing and selling plants for profit.
The fine was the maximum allowed under state law.
Her lawyer, Matthew S. Williams, said he was disappointed in the outcome.
“It’s the most egregious case I’ve seen that comes down the pike,” he said.
The Texas law, known as the Fair Trade Law, prohibits the sale of any product made from seeds, plants or parts from seeds and plants that were grown without authorization from a licensed person or organization.
Under the Fair Use Law, the buyer must be 18 or older, and the sale must be authorized by the seller.