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26 Jun 2022

Woman in Longford grew €20,000 worth of cannabis for personal use as weed is 'too expensive' in Ireland

Woman in Longford grew €20,000 worth of cannabis  for personal use as weed is 'too expensive' in Ireland

Woman in Longford grew €20,000 worth of cannabis for personal use as weed is 'too expensive' in Ireland

A woman who had €20,000 worth of mature cannabis plants on her property is to reappear, cannabis free, at the October sittings of Longford Circuit Court where, if deemed suitable, she will be given 240 hours of community service in lieu of 18 months imprisonment.

Ewa Szczerba, of 3 Kane’s Flat, Water Lane, Granard, was charged with cultivation after Gardaí discovered 25 cannabis plants, worth €800 each, in her apartment.

Ms Szczerba told Gardaí she was growing them for personal use as weed is “too expensive” in Ireland and she has an addiction problem.

The court heard there was “nothing to suggest drug dealing” and that the accused has not come to Garda attention since.

Judge Keenan Johnson adjourned the case to October, when he will impose the 240 hours of community service if Ms Szczerba submits herself to the supervision of the probation service and presents herself as cannabis free on the next court date.

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