Woman convicted of growing cannabis in Southampton court
A WOMAN caught growing 11 cannabis plants in her Southampton apartment told police that they were for personal use, a court heard.
Chloe Barlow had a cannabis grow in the apartment she shared with her ex-partner.
Prosecutor Edward Hollingsworth said a drug expert estimated the total value of the 11 plants to be around £ 2,500.
In the 21-year-old’s apartment, police officers also found a box with eight handle lock bags containing MDMA.
Weighing in at just over 52g, the wholesale value has been estimated at around £ 1,000.
Mr Hollingsworth said, “These were medicines that she had access to for her own use.”
He added: “On March 5, 2020, the police received a call from a member of the public reporting concerns about an apparent domestic incident at the defendant’s shared address.”
During a police interview, she said the cannabis was also for her own use.
When she appeared before Southampton Crown Court, she was charged with possession of a Class A drug and concerns about cannabis manufacture.
She previously pleaded guilty.
Barry McElduff defended himself, saying that Barlow had been exposed to a campaign of domestic violence by her partner.
And that she started using drugs after her son died.
Their “toxic relationship” has since ended and their lives are now back on track, added Mr. McElduff.
Judge Christopher Parker QC said her drug use was more of a self-harm than self-help or self-medication.
Barlow, now from School Street, Wilton-Le-Wear, was given a 12 month fellowship to take 100 hours of unpaid work.