Mum took joint because she was stressed, Naas court hears

A Newbridge mum-of-four was in court today for smoking a cannabis joint in the back of a car stopped by gardai. Jean Clarke (35) of Rosconnell Road,  Newbridge pleaded guilty to the offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act at Naas District Court. A car in which Ms Clarke was a passenger was stopped by gardai in The Maples area of Moorefield in April. Ms Clarke said she was under stress at the time of the incident and asked for the joint but didn't pay for it. She claimed that she didn't inhale the cannabis cigarette, which was worth €5. Judge Desmond Zaidan applied the Probation Act which means no conviction will be recorded on Ms Clarke's record. The judge said: "What are you doing? You're not 17 years of age." He added: "I hope you will never go near drugs again. Your children need you.

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