Defiant 76 year-old Granny In Spain “Abuela Marijuana’ Sentenced To Nine Months In Prison For Growing Cannabis And Distributing Marijuana

Defiant 76 year-old Granny In Spain “Abuela Marijuana' Sentenced To Nine Months In Prison For Growing Cannabis And Distributing Marijuana Credit: Twitter @kannabiaseeds

NOTHING beats Nan’s cooking, or is it her selection of “herbs”?

Fernanda de la Figuera, known as “Abuela Marijuana” because of her activism for the legalization of cannabis use, has been sentenced to nine months in prison for growing cannabis for her “association” and providing marijuana.

A Malaga judge has considered “Abuela Marijuana,” who will turn 77 in August, guilty of the crime of drug trafficking. Fernanda has also been issued a fine of 10,000 euros for the value of the drug seized from her.

The Malaga Public Prosecutor’s Office asked for four years’ imprisonment however, Fernanda will no doubt avoid prison as the final sentence is less than the minimum to enter jail. “Abuela Marijuana,” plans to appeal and go to the “European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.” insisting that the plantation, that had once tallied 181 marijuana plants was for “personal use”

Fernanda, who considers herself the “apostle of self-cultivation”, is the most veteran activist in Spain for the legalization of cannabis. This isn’t the first time she has got herself in trouble with the law. In 2014, when she was president of the association “Marías por María,” she was accused of distributing the drug from a shop she owned in Malaga. The police on that occasion seized 181 marijuana plants and 9,000 euros.

Fernanda however has always maintained that what she provided was “therapeutic work.” An opinion the judicial resolution deems as “bordering illegality” because, according to Spanish law, it is illegal to distribute the drug even for free, despite therapeutic purposes.

 

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