An Irish woman who was jailed for months for growing and using cannabis plants at her home has been ordered to pay €150,000 in damages.
The woman, who cannot be named, admitted three counts of possessing a controlled substance with intent to supply in a premises.
The garda said the cannabis was “extremely potent” and “contains more than 20 per cent THC”.
The court heard that the woman, from Ballina, Co Cork, had been in possession of the plants for four months and that she was “highly vulnerable to the effects of cannabis”.
The gardai said she had “no idea” what she was doing and had “never been a medical cannabis patient”.
Ms O’Brien, who had previously been convicted of possession of cannabis plants, was sentenced to three months in jail for two counts of possession with intent.
Ms O’ther was arrested in April 2016 at the address of a woman who lives in the home with her and her son.
Gardai said it was her daughter who discovered the plants, which were planted in a plastic bag in the garden.
The couple had been living with the woman and her partner in Ballina since the early 1990s.
Garda sources said the gardai had received information from an informant that Ms O’dBrien had grown the plants and had been selling them on the black market.
Gardasí found the cannabis in a bag of her daughter’s hair, and said it contained “nails”.
The woman was taken into custody after gardaí found “several cannabis plants” and a container containing “approximately 10-12” plants in the house.
The plants were “highly potent”, the garda told the court.
A statement read out by the court said that “no other offence was committed”.
The prosecution had said Ms O’marrson was “deliberately and wilfully” growing cannabis plants on her property.
The Garda said Ms Orrson’s daughter, who lived in the same house as Ms O’rearrson, had seen the gardagework of the gardener and had given it to her to “teach her about growing cannabis”.
Ms Orrigson, a mother of four, has been in custody since January 2016.
She has been given the opportunity to apply to be released on bail.
The prosecution said the offences happened in July and August 2016.
A sentence of three months imprisonment was imposed.
In a separate case in the County Court on Monday, Judge Patrick O’Leary granted bail to a woman for a six-month period after she admitted a series of offences related to cannabis cultivation.
She is expected to appear in court again on August 5.
Ms Orrigan was released on unconditional bail after the judge noted that “the Gardaí were able to establish that cannabis plants were present” in the property and “they did not know it”.
She was also ordered to attend a drug treatment programme and pay €100 costs.
In the first conviction in February, Judge O’Donnell said: “This is a very significant case for the State of Ireland and for Ireland as a whole, which has an extremely high incidence of cannabis use.”
The case shows that garda resources are extremely stretched.
There is a high degree of cannabis cultivation in the country, and a garda officer is required to be very diligent and diligent in order to investigate and prosecute any allegation that a person is growing cannabis for commercial purposes.
“Ms O’sBrien was also given a conditional discharge on the same charges.
She will be sentenced on August 25.
In April 2016, the Court of Appeal overturned the conviction of a gardai in County Galway after finding that he was wrongly convicted on the basis of a statement he made about an investigation by gardai into alleged cannabis cultivation on his property.