Pediatrician and wife charged for growing pot

A Northeast children’s doctor and his wife are facing criminal charges in Bucks County after firefighters went to their home in an emergency and allegedly found dozens of marijuana plants growing in the garage.

District Judge Joseph P. Falcone of Northampton Township postponed a preliminary hearing on March 31 for Dr. Jan and Annette Widerman, reportedly at the request of prosecutors who are awaiting lab test results on the suspected marijuana.

Jan Widerman, 65, practices pediatrics at 10800 Bustleton Ave. in Somerton. In an affidavit of probable cause prepared by Northampton police, a detective stated that firefighters and patrol cops arrived at the Widermans’ Holland-area home on Feb. 13 in response to a report of flames. As firefighters entered the property to evacuate occupants and to extinguish the flames, they allegedly saw about 40 marijuana plants in various stages of growth inside two locked rooms within the garage.

The rooms had grow lights and ventilation systems consistent with a marijuana growing set-up, authorities claim. After obtaining a search warrant, police allegedly found gardening supplies, drying racks, reflective wall film, packaging equipment, dried marijuana, smoking devices and $16,410 cash in the property.

The Widermans have been charged with drug manufacture and possession with intent to deliver. They are free on unsecured bond. A new hearing date has not been posted publicly. ••