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Grandmother spared jail after saying £26,000 cannabis haul was cake ingredient

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A grandmother found with £26,000 worth of cannabis in her house has been spared jail after telling police she was using it to bake cakes.

 

Anita Jones, 51, was living the high life with 25 cannabis plants growing in the attic of her flat in Cardiff.

 

When officers asked her how she learned to grow it, she simply replied: ‘By Googling everything.’

 

Cardiff Crown Court heard police searched her home in Ely, west Cardiff, on May 24 and found nine mature cannabis plants along with 16 cuttings.

 

Prosecutors said the potential street value was estimated to be between £8,000 and £26,000.

 

Officers also found equipment including fertiliser, lights and a watering can in the attic.

 

In her police interview she stated she had no intention of selling any of her crop.

 

She denied being threatened or intimidated into growing the plants and said she was the only person with a key to her flat.

 

Jones, 51, from Cymric Close, admitted producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.

 

She pleaded guilty on the basis it was all for personal use and told the court that she was in an abusive relationship and had started drinking to help her cope.

 

Jones added that she’d had a stroke and suffered from anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

 

The court heard she had stopped drinking but started using cannabis two years later after smoking with a friend.

 

She said she then began to cook with it by putting it in butter to make cookies, cakes and brownies.

 

Jones told the court she decided to try growing the plants earlier this year as she was buying cannabis regularly.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Thaivisa Web Content Team said:

A grandmother found with £26,000 worth of cannabis in her house has been spared jail after telling police she was using it to bake cakes.

I wonder if that excuse would work for other drugs...I mean ingredients?

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She said she then began to cook with it by putting it in butter to make cookies, cakes and brownies.

 

  Some guys will miss their cookies. 

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7 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Pussy Pass, a guy would have gone down for 5 years.

Not at all true.. 

I know multiple growers in uk some low scale and semi hobby but a few ranging up there.. Someone I know was busted a couple of years back with 300 plants (70% at cuttings but 100 or so at budding stage) basically an entire agricultural barn full, a real sized operation with multi 100k income potential. 

Community service and IIRC suspended sentence. 

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Obviously yet again we see that the Great British Police obviously have nothing better to do. These idiots do themselves no favours at all, they continuously whine, whinge and complain about lack of resources, lack of manpower etc. and what do we see them doing? Trolling through Facebook for supposed "Hate Crimes" and hunting down grandmothers for cooking a bit of blow!

No sympathy with them at all, they need to get back to the real world. 

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1 hour ago, Jonmarleesco said:

Only the British legal system could swallow such a load of b_llocks.

 

Not only the British legal system. Me too. I find her story reasonable.  Why not ?

The media is blowing the story up. Grandma, 26.000 Pounds...

A woman, 51, 8.000 Pounds would be more aprobiate.

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13 hours ago, Formaleins said:

Obviously yet again we see that the Great British Police obviously have nothing better to do. These idiots do themselves no favours at all, they continuously whine, whinge and complain about lack of resources, lack of manpower etc. and what do we see them doing? Trolling through Facebook for supposed "Hate Crimes" and hunting down grandmothers for cooking a bit of blow!

No sympathy with them at all, they need to get back to the real world. 

Yes lets have a police force in the UK that is like those in Russia, did you see how they beat a football hooligan nearly to death with night sticks, or should we have the Brown envelope mob that this Forum sees so much of. You liking  something doesn't make it legal and it is not the police who decide its illegal, but in the UK a quick bung will not buy a blind eye

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