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Poor-quality pot keeps grower out of prison

Joel Linde · 25 Nov 2011, 12:51

Published: 25 Nov 2011 12:51 GMT+01:00

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The 35-year-old admitted to the court he had grown the marijuana plants at home for private use, and stored them in the attic.

Before reaching a successful harvest, however, the unforgiving Swedish climate sucked the life out of the helpless cannabis crop.

In a last ditch effort, the man tried trimming away the dead weed, but it was too late.

According to Swedish law, however, the full cannabis plant is considered a drug, and therefore the man was still found guilty. Although, the poor quality of the drugs he produced did keep him out of prison.

“That’s an evaluation that the court will make. If (the drugs) don’t work, it could lead to a milder sentence,” Sara Malmhester at the Swedish Prosecution Authority told The Local.

“The level (of THC) in the drugs affects the sentence, since a better plant produces more of the drug to be abused.”

THC is short for Tetrahydrocannabinol, and is the main psychoactive substance in cannabis. The higher the level, the stronger the drug, and by pointing out the low level of THC in his plants, the 35-year-old had the Värmland court and prosecution convinced.

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The exact level of THC was never tested, so what the man was actually in possession of might in fact have been closer to hemp than any smokeable drug. But both parts were seemingly happy with the ruling.

“I don’t wish to comment on my personal emotions, but looking at the case I think this is a reasonable sentence,” said prosecutor Ludmila Pronko.

Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:29 November 25, 2011 by muscle
if this a case then is their any degree of punishment if a person rapes someone? Is there anything like "no the rape didn't give much pain so just few weeks or punishment"

:P and i had started to wonder perhaps entertainment is draining away from the news :)
14:55 November 25, 2011 by johnjohn
Can one get away with having pharmaceutics if they are past their "best before" date?
16:53 November 25, 2011 by SuperTulle
@Johnjohn: Keeping expired medicine isn't illegal, just stupid.
16:56 November 25, 2011 by Douglas Garner
whatever happened to INTENT?
17:07 November 25, 2011 by darky
That is sweden. They encourage this farmer to grow better and quality cannabis while taking more precaution so as not to be caught next time. Thumbs up for the Swedish legal system.
17:35 November 25, 2011 by Britt-Marie7
AAH - the Swedish legal system! Well, we all learned a valuable lesson, didn't we! To make a poor quality cannabis and then sell it, who would notice? And if we get caught, we only get a slap on our hand! GO SWEDEN!!!
20:38 November 25, 2011 by BritVik
Punishments handed out in Sweden amount seldom to more than a slap on the wrist. and in many cases would be laughable if they were not so pathetic. Often I pity the police who go to a lot of trouble to bring a criminal to justice only to see him/her being told - in effect - 'not to be naughty'. Or, if they do get a hefty sentence in the lower court, it gets turned over in the higher court.

Who says crime doesn't pay? It seems to in Sweden.

Juholt - are you listening??
23:12 November 25, 2011 by swedejane
This is why it's not worth smoking in Sweden...ditch weed. You've got to go to Cali for the bomb chronic.
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