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Sanjaya's Mom

Popped for

Growing Piles of Pot

4/25/2007 6:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0426_sanjaya_mom_mugshot-1Maybe that's why Sanjaya's always got that goofy grin on his face! Turns out that Sanjy's mom, Jillian Blith, used to be a pot-growing potentate -- and that his sister Shyamali was no stranger to the art of toking herself.

The Momjaya was pinched by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in February 2005 in Pierce County, Wash. after they found 310 marijuana plants -- and the Sis-jaya keeping watch with a bag of weed and "smoking devices" -- in the Malakar family garage, as the National Enquirer first smoked out today.

But -- buzzkill -- Shyamali, who was arrested for possession, directed the cops to another green-growing facility nearby, where they arrested Blith and her husband, Charles Quist (Sanjaya's stepdad). Quist's mugshot, obtained by TMZ, bears a striking resemblance to Gary Sinise, a very blitzed Gary Sinise. (We're told there's a mugshot of Shyamali, but it can't be made public because she was only 17 at the time of the bust.)

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Blith could've gone to jail for up to five years after pleading guilty to one felony count of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, but got off with a relatively mellow 30-day sentence.

Just one word more: Ganja-ya!

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106.

Disgusted    

Maybe that's why Sanjaya looks so stupidly goofy all the time, all that second hand weed smokes he inhaled, haha!!!

2648 days ago
107.

Jo    

So! To bad she got caught! Weed should be legal anyway, it's not a crime!
Now let's talk about a criminal, G.W.B. what he's done to our country, that is a major crime!!!

2648 days ago
108.

catielyn    

On audition night, I looked Sanjaya up on his myspace and he had pictures of pot plants posted. Sad what his parents have done to him and his sister.

2648 days ago
109.

meme    

How come this comes out AFTER he was voted off??
Would think TMZ would be more on top of this easy find ;-)

2648 days ago
110.

Teshar    

I Just pray for all the individuals that have such a low self-esteem that looking and talking about other individuals mishaps makes you feel better about yourself.

2648 days ago
111.

Homme    

Who cares ? The fact that someone is growing marijuana does not make them users of the product. A lot of people including me, use marijuana for pain due to the discomfort of illnesses. Kudos to them for supplying the product to people who need it. Don't judge least the be judged...

2648 days ago
112.

Donna    

ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THIS GUY! He had his 15 minutes worth of fame! Can we move on to discuss some REAL talent please????????

2648 days ago
113.

Linda    

Kelly Picklers Dad is in prison, Oprah has child molesters in her family, the list goes on and on.....Does this really have anything to do with them? Come on dig up some more dirt and negativity so we can use others misfortune to feel better about ourselves over morning coffee. What a job you have, sifting through other peoples garbage, so you can expose it for a buck. I know it is a free country and you can hurt who ever you want with words, I just don't understand why you feel the need to do it. This is not about Sanjaya but you have made sure people will connect him to it on some level for a long time to come. Shame on you!

2648 days ago
114.

DaMama    

Enough is enough! Please leave Sanjaya alone. He lives with his dad, not his mom. He's had enough criticism in the press and now to drag his mom into this? Not fair, TMZ. This is really low. Leave the kid alone. He was great entertainment value for American Idol, and endured more abuse than anyone on AI before. He must have a lot of intestinal fortitute to withstand the whupping he received daily in the press. I say kudos to this kid.

Now leave him alone and go dig up some more dirt on Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson or some other publicity-seeking blowhard.

2648 days ago
115.

Lisa    

ok...and so what, are kids now responsible for what their parents do? and why incinuate that a 17 - year old (even younger at the time it happened) had any part of it -in your words "maybe that's why Sanjaya's also got that goofy grin on his face" come on, TMZ staff, whoever wrote this - I'll bet Sanjaya's "goofy grin" is way more pleasant than yours.

2648 days ago
116.

Randy    

So what, the stuff should be legalized and TAXED (not for Bush's war either!)

2648 days ago
117.

jac    

how low can you go..it must be so sad when one has no life and looking for scandal to embarass a 17 yr old is news i 'm not a sanjaya fan but give me a break

2648 days ago
118.

carol    

Atleast she was keeping the earth green....
have you ever researched on all the wonderful things and benefits the sativa plant can provide ...
the high is just a perk!
If everyone took a little toke , the world would be a happier place!
So put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!!!!!

2648 days ago
119.

Kate    

It's sad, but when you go on Show's like this, you HAVE to realize things will be said. People get upset at TMZ for the things they print, but I see you people still read it, kind of the pot calling the kettle black isn't it?

2648 days ago
120.

music_peace    

omg what is going on here do people really have to put things like that in the news? who cares if his mom smokes weed. she is old enough to make her own choices. mabey we should be more like amsterdam!!!!

2648 days ago
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